Everyone should be a maker. So how do we get there?

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How do you make something as complicated as programming — robots or the smart home– both easy enough for a novice to get into it and complicated enough that the novice can keep the same tools and expand their skill set to higher levels? Joachim Horn, the founder of SAM, a prototyping kit for makers or anyone struggled with this very question as part of the design process for his product.

Horn and I discussed how he tackled what we ended up calling “graceful acceleration” and how it might apply to the smart home in this week’s podcast. But before we talked about education, makers and design problems, Kevin Tofel and I talked about intercom systems and the marketing problems that the smart home has. We are also opening up the call to our listeners for their Halloween connected project ideas that we’d like to feature on a show (Horn starts us off at the end of his segment. If you have an idea send it to stacey at gigaom dot com. Enjoy the show.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Joachim Horn, founder of SAM.

  • Kevin thinks intercoms are ready for some IP disruption
  • We discuss what people want in a smart home and why it’s a tough sell
  • Meet SAM, a prototyping tool for future engineers and anyone interested in tech
  • Why graceful acceleration should be as important as graceful degradation in smart home design
  • Our first connected Halloween project idea ends the show

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