design with software and electronics

Andy Sigler

About

I'm a designer who uses software and electronics. I use emerging technologies to design novel devices and interactions. I hope to use these tools to bring some magic and playfulness to everyday objects. These days, I'm most interested in finding new forms of interaction at the intersection of machine-learning, hardware, and connected devices.

In addition to my selected works, you can also check out blog posts, and my NYU course Homemade Hardware.

Work

ITP Fellow 2020 (next year)
@ ITP-NYU
  • Developing software tools and experiences for ITP's robotic arms
  • Teaching wider ITP community how to safely use large robotic arms
  • Developing curriculum for a future class around the robotic arms
Freelance Consulting 2019-Present
@ self, @ informal
  • Advising and developing on IoT systems and products, for startups, companies and regional artists
Software / Electronics / Systems Engineer 2014-'15 & 2016-'19
@ Opentrons Labworks
  • First employee at startup, writing entire software stack for Kickstarter release
  • Designed and developed the Opentrons Python API on a small team, released winter 2016
  • Lead design and systems engineering of the OT2 liquid-handling machine and pipettes
  • Wrote OT2 and Module device firmware, motion control software, and production line testing software
  • Sole electronics designer for the OT2, pipettes, temperature module, and magnetic module
  • Lead early product ideation, R&D, testing, and design for all hardware products, focusing on electronics and systems design
  • Helped grow factory and production process in Opentrons' Shenzhen factory, growing from two employees in 2016 to greater than fifty in 2019
Adjunct Professor 2015-Present
@ ITP-NYU
  • Teaching a course of my own design, entitled Homemade Hardware
  • Graduate students from all types of backgrounds learn to design and fabricate DIY circuit boards
Electronics Design Engineer 2015-'16
@ Tomorrow Lab
  • Designed and tested production-ready prototypes and beta runs of wireless devices
  • Designed electronics and firmware for devices utilizing wireless protocols, including Bluetooth LE, WiFi, LoRa, and ANT
Research Resident 2014-'15
@ ITP-NYU
  • Research focusing on internet-of-things design tools, as well as circuit board fabrication techniques
  • Mentored graduate students with their projects, as well as held office hours to teach relevant engineering skills
  • Created the ITP "Hard-Lab", which is a section of the facility dedicated to circuit board fabrication, using pick-and-place machine, micro-milling machines, reflow ovens, parts management, and diagnostic equipment

Tools

  • Python
  • Javascript (ES2019, NodeJS, HTML5/CSS)
  • Firmware, Embedded C/C++, Arduino
  • Tensorflow 2.0, Keras, TensorflowJS
  • PCB Design, DFM, Eagle CAD
  • MaxMSP/Jitter

Techniques

  • Product Development
  • Wired/Wireless/Embedded Systems Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Solder, multimeter, tweezers
  • Duct tape, Gaffer tape

Education

Master's Degree 2012-'14
@ ITP-NYU
  • Self-lead master's degree, focused on interaction design through emerging hardware and internet technologies
  • Presented a master's thesis, Patchbay, a wireless framework for designing wirelessly interoperable toys and musical instruments
Bachelor's Degree 2006-'10
@ Hamilton College
  • Political science major, and music minor
  • Varsity lacrosse player, three years starting at defensive midfield and close defense
  • Member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity