electronics labs. These are the placeswhere things get built and ideas cometo life.
What is one feature of your lab thatyou could not do without? We couldn’tdo without our “making spaces”and all the gadgetry and tools wehave on hand. In our electronics andhardware labs we have oscilloscopesand analyzers, the latest equipment forassembling PCBs, 3D printers, a lasercutter, a milling machine, a bandsaw,and so on. Wonderful things come outof these labs!
What is one feature of your lab you
want and do not have? It would be
great to have more of a studio space
in the lab for our designers to have
the flexibility to spread out their
work. As it is, the work spills out into
the hallway outside, which has the
advantage of allowing us a view of
what they’re up to, but hallways aren’t
the best space for making or showing
How would you describe how peopleinteract in your lab? We tend to beopinionated, occasionally combative,but ultimately respectful of eachother. None of us likes to work alone–the best ideas always emerge whendifferent perspectives are brought tobear on a problem. We like to convenearound cakes, chocolate, or a few pintsdown the pub.
What is the one thing you see as mostimportant about the work you dothere? As a lab we are increasinglyencouraged to have big ambitions andset long-term research goals that willopen up our imaginations, and thecompany’s, to new possibilities. Thisis both the challenge and the luxury ofworking in a lab like ours.
engineering, and design. Sometimesprojects are design-led, such as ourwork on technology heirlooms andhow technologies are passed on fromgeneration to generation. Sometimesprojects are technology-led, like ourwork using depth cameras to scan inthe physical world, and our 3D-printingresearch. And sometimes we lead withsocial science, for example, exploringhow people think about their digitalpossessions. Projects often haveimportant contributions from severaldisciplines—a good example of this isour work on the long-term preservationof digital content.
Describe a day in the life of your lab.
As most people in a research lab will tellyou, no day is routine. Some days seemlike a whirlwind of meetings, talking,and Post-it notes, while on other dayswe have our heads down, writing code,building things, or working on papers.The designers’ spaces tend to be busyand frenetic, as do the hardware and DOI: 10.1145/2648785 COP YRIGHT HELD BY AUTHORSSEPTEMBER–OCTOBER 2014 INTERACTIONS 17