Our goal is for everyone to be able to build their ideas for a better future. — We help them do this by enabling them to quickly prototype complex, high-quality hardware interactions.
Studying together at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany, yet in different disciplines, we were both fascinated by design, code and prototyping.
Following that interest, Olivier Brückner who was actually studying industrial design, did some extracurricular experiences in interaction design. During this time a lot of interaction design students as well as industrial design students came up to him, asking for help. They needed help connecting components like buttons, or writing a couple of lines of codes, e.g. to let an LED pulse. Rather simple stuff for experienced people, yet hard for absolute beginners.
In 2017 Olivier based his bachelor thesis on bridging the gap between the two disciplines. Based on his experiences with the students looking for help he designed a tool to easily create hardware prototypes – blokdots was born.
Christoph Labacher, who was a close friend and sounding board for ideas and concepts during the thesis, joined after the graduation and focussed on creating logic and functionality.
Now we are constantly bouncing ideas, developing the project further and improving the software, driven by the inspiring and fascinating ideas that people are creating. We want everyone to be able to create their ideas as quickly as possible, not being limited by the constraints of skill gaps.
blokdots started as a bachelor thesis at university of applied sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd. Back then it was intended to also come with its own hardware components, which were a big part of the project.
Here we want to show you the original concept and maybe, just maybe, we might be able to develop our own hardware as intended some day.
The blokdots hardware concept.
First form mock-ups.
Own created PCB prototypes.
Concept sketches of the hardware.
How it would be used in a workshop scenario.
A typical setup.
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