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Robots are terrible at working in unstructured environments. Discretely assembled, reversibly interlocked, physically encoded: digital materials provide a highly structured environment, optimal for robotic construction crews. Robot and material, designed together, turn the factory inside-out.

Orbiting within the fields of robotics and product design, Matt Carney has spent most of his professional years driving major design efforts at Meka/Redwood Robotics, IDEO, and Makani Power. Matt was trained with formal degrees in mechanical engineering, along with many hours hanging around old dudes in shops.

Matt Carney has spent years in industry designing humanoid robots, smart phones, energy harvesting kites, and implantable medical devices and is currently at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms.


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Matt Carney

Matt Carney

Matt Carney is a research assistant pursuing further graduate degrees in the Center for Bits and Atoms at MITMedia Lab. His experience has been diverse, yet, acutely focused as a mechanical design engineer orbiting within the fields of robotics and product design. He has spent most of his professional years working at Bay Area hardware startups including designing/building humanoid robots at Meka Robotics and Redwood Robotics, designing smartphones at IDEO, engineering robotic kites at Makani Power, and developing manufacturing processes for implantable medical devices at The Polymer Technology Group. Matt was trained with formal degrees in mechanical engineering from CalPoly and UC Berkeley, along with many hours hanging around old dudes in shops. His technical interests include mechatronics, precision machining/fabrication, design tools, rapid prototype deployment, and generally building cool shit.

He believes you should always build, at least, the first of whatever you design, and always design without ego.