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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, Olivier and Christoph were both fascinated by design, code, and prototyping.

Following that interest, Olivier Brückner, who studied industrial design at the time, 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 support connecting components like buttons or writing a couple of lines of code, e.g., to let an LED pulse—relatively 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 create hardware prototypes easily—blokdots was born.

Christoph Labacher, a close friend and sounding board for ideas and concepts during the thesis, joined after graduation and focussed on creating logic and functionality.

Having worked together at IDEO, Olivier met Marcus Paeschke, who now supports blokdots strategically as well as with his technological expertise.

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.

How blokdots started

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.

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First form mock-ups.

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Own created PCB prototypes.

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Concept sketches of the hardware.

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How it would be used in a workshop scenario.

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A typical setup.

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If you have any questions or are in need of product support, don’t hesitate to reach out. moc.stodkolb@troppus