The physical construction of the PiePal was designed using SketchUp and printed out using PLA on a MakerBot Replicator 2.
The internals are powered by a Raspberry Pi (of course!) & Arduino combination, allowing for finite control of the LEDs mounted internally and a fully realized user interface.
Finally, we leveraged Google’s Coder library for the Raspberry Pi to create an intuitive setup experience that allows users to connect their wifi networks, Dominos accounts, and favorite pizzas for one-touch ordering.
Hungry yet? Want one for yourself? While we’re still tinkering away, you may want a shot at being one of our elite Beta-Tasters… Check out piepal.me !
Here at ISL we thrive on innovation. We’re addicted to the thrill of building things no one has ever seen (like the GE Social Fridge and the REDD’s Launcher. We’ve recently begun working with Nickelodeon on just such a project.
Here is the thing: it’s top secret. I know, I know…you’re all like, “common just tell us what it is already…something, ANYTHING”. I can’t. I won’t. But I will give you a few behind the scenes sneak peeks to tide you over until mid-August when it launches…
It all started out with a creative idea, as many things here do.
On June 3, iStrategyLabs produced and released for Mobile Future the “United States of Wireless,” an infographic that highlights the ever-changing and competitive mobile marketplace.
Our approach for this infographic was a little different than the last few we have put together. Rather than depicting each stat on its own in a different section, we took a more holistic approach to the data and illustrated an overall story in a fluid, whimsical narrative.
Queueing off the original title for the infographic “Mobile Snapshot” (which was later changed, but still proved a useful starting point), we brainstormed scenes that were often heavily photographed and which could be represented in an elongated vertical fashion (to accommodate our publishing context—the Mobile Future blog). We first settled on a footrace, because as a sporting event, lots of photos were taken, and a racetrack could logically be represented in a linear vertical fashion.
Although the racetrack idea didn’t totally pan out, we still liked the idea of people running while using mobile phones. We thought—where do people run, hang out during the Spring (bringing a seasonal context into the mix), do a lot of different activities, and take a lot of pictures? The park!
With a scene-at-the-park concept in hand we brainstormed fun things people do at the park and creative ways to make them represent our infographic’s statistics.
Following that up with several rounds of Mike’s sketches and digital drawings and Sarah’s typography—our infographic was compete!
If you follow the work we do, you know we’re passionate about hacking the boundary between the digital and physical words. In our daily adventures we come across a lot of fun things and create some ourselves. The following is a list of projects any entrepreneur, marketer, or creative hacker should be aware of if they’re planning to hack the physical world in 2013:
Twine: A wireless square with sensors and a simple web app to set rules, Twine tells you what your things are doing by email, text or Twitter.
SmartThings: Makes it easy to connect the things in your physical world to the Internet. You can monitor, control, automate, and have fun with them from anywhere – at home, office, or on the go.
Ninja Block: Simple but powerful open source hardware backed by an amazing web service called Ninja Cloud that allows your Ninja Block to talk to your favorite web apps.
Raspberry Pi: A credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
Arduino: An open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments
BugLabs: Bug’s unique, cloud-based Swarm platform abstracts the raw functionalists (e.g., sensors, actuators, transceivers) of any hardware device and exposes them as web services, allowing simple drag-and-drop creation of applications, no matter how heterogeneous the hardware in use may be.
Philip Hue Lights: The LED technology inside every hue wireless LED bulb is a little bit special. That’s because it can display different tones of white light – from warm yellow white to vibrant blue white. Of course, it can also recreate any color in the spectrum. Naturally.
Sound Bottle: A music medium that can reproduce a recorded voice as music. It makes a database of sound sources that is managed and used as formal and automatic repetitions, and forms a music medium of the day.
There’s also a ton of other work we’ve done in this space. Have a look at the following: