Jake Read @ the CBA

Hello! I'm a graduate student at MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms

Right now, the distribution of the world's fabrication is similar to the distribution of wealth: a small number of large firms control the vast majority of it. This means that less of us are able to participate in the design of our daily lives, and the systems that connect them. I'm working on technologies that allow smaller businesses and individuals to successfully participate in the manufacturing economy.

This means making tiny factories, not just tiny machines.


Primarily, I'm working on a kit for automating almost anything



That includes networked motor controllers and sensors:







And networks to connect them:



With software for programming and controlling distributed systems:



I'm also working with Jens Dyvik to develop parametric hardware tools.



And I'm interested in developing novel actuators to further drop the cost of robotic systems, and increase robot actuators' ability to sense their environment:





Previously, I was a Machine Designer:





And before that, an Architect:



I design and build furniture in my free time:



I spend some free time in the ceramics studio at MIT:



I've also spent some time designing and building drones:





Things are beginning to come together, towards tools I can pass off to others. If you'd like to, get in touch here, take a look at my old work, or follow along on instagram @jakerobertread.