Despite our status as Berkeley alumni, we were invited to be the guest lecturers (known as "guest instigator" in this class) for Stanford's EE 92A class, "Making and Breaking Things." The course sounds really cool, and usually consists of taking some gadget apart, and then putting it back together again, as a totally different gadget. We were there to do something just a little different - students got the chance to assemble our prototype Dash kits, and we got to interrogate them for feedback.
Since Dash is a kit, we want to know what's easy, what's hard, what's fun, and what's frustrating about putting Dash together. This was a great opportunity for us, and a big thanks goes out to the instructors David Sirkin and Wendy Ju, and the members of the class for making it all possible.
Of course, another part of making this possible meant pumping out kits to serve as samples. We've made a lot of improvements to our manufacturing process, but it's still not totally nailed down, so this meant a fair amount of lab time.
Andrew hard at work in the iLab.
After we had the kits ready, it was off to Stanford, to show 30 college students how to put Dash together.
Dr. Kohut lectures on Dashology
The assembly. No tools, just Elmer's glue.
Overall we learned a lot, and we hope the students had a great experience as well. Most of them even seemed to have some fun! It took everyone about 45 minutes to finish the assembly, and that was with a lot of chaos going on. The process isn't at 100% yet, but we're getting really close. We passed around a survey to see what everyone liked and didn't like, and we're processing the results now. This should be very valuable for making Dash both fun and easy to put together.
Thanks for reading, check back next week for more updates!