Physical Computing: Joining the DIY Revolution
Tod Corlett | Philadelphia University
Integrated Design Environments (IDEs), notably the Arduino system, are a powerful new way for
designers and design educators to enter the crucial industrial design (ID) field of physical
computing. This article provides some background on the need for design in this field, the
barriers to entry, and the development and popularization of IDE systems. It also discusses the
unique challenges of teaching and learning using these complex new tools.