Seaport Research is the outgrowth of a project I began about eight years ago to better understand how we manufacture things. I believe we’re at the beginning of a long wave of software- and computing-enabled innovation away from mass manufacturing, the paradigm of the past two centuries, towards a more tailored future where highly-customized and built-for-purpose products are more affordable and accessible than ever before.
My first substantial project is an open-source robot arm which is designed to make practical robotic applications (e.g. an intelligent kitchen assistant) easier to build than ever before. It’s also providing a very real and practical education in the challenges to manufacturing a piece of precision machinery at a reasonable cost.