I’m Matthew Borgatti. I have been building things, investigating systems, and exploring the intersections between design, materials, and technology for over 15 years. You may have seen movies featuring monsters I’ve built, played with some of the open source projects I’ve released, or bought one of the products I’ve helped design. My work has been featured in Wired, Vice, BoingBoing, PopSci, FastCompany, and TechCrunch. There’s a good chance that one of my Hackerspace Passports is at your local community DIY spaces.
Between getting my industrial design degree at RISD and now, I’ve built a real-life Tomagotchi featuring microscopic water bears for Google ATAP, space suit gloves for NASA, inflatable drone shells for Google Wing, handwriting robots, kite powered racing boats, and wearable technologies for some of the world’s premier R&D labs. I also animated a science series for NOVA, wrote the book on soft robotics, and built a Spider-Man inspired wall climbing suit for the show “Prototype This”. I’m a member of NYC Resistor, New York’s longest running hackerspace and spend my free time writing about design theory and riding my bike around Brooklyn.
I founded and manage programs at Super-Releaser, a creative technology consultancy that amplifies innovation development using integrated design, rapid prototyping, and applied science. Our clients include NASA, Google X, Midnight Commercial, Google ATAP, 3Scan, SOLS, and Cadillac.
My book, Soft Robotics (0’Reilly Press, 2018), is the first mainstream published book on the topic of soft robotics. It takes people new to the subject through its history, properties, and applications using over a dozen DIY robotics tutorials.
- Hack A Day: This 3D Printed Syringe Static Mixer Does it All
- Uses This: Matthew Borgatti
- VentureBeat: Complicated. Weird. Beautiful! The secret Google project to put an aquarium full of tiny, wiggly water bears inside your phone
- Fortune: Google’s Project Ara Phone Could Have Launched with an Actual Aquarium Module
- Parabolic Arc: Final Frontier Design Delivers MCP Gloves to NASA
- BoingBoing: Open source soft robotic quadruped with many applications
- Gizmodo: Inflatable Huggable Robots Could Replace Complex Mechanical Automatons
- Vice Motherboard: Soft Robots Are Even Creepier Than Hard Ones
- Wired: Glaucus, an open-source soft robot sea-slug, sort of
- BoingBoing: Air-powered 3D-printed robot tentacle
- TechCrunch: This Open-Source, Robotic Tentacle Will Haunt Your Dreams
- BoingBoing: Brightly colored Guy Fawkes mask-scarves
- MakeZine: 3D Printed Soft Robot Tentacle
- JWZ: A Friendly and Helpful Tentacle
- PopSci: A 3-D Printed Silicone Robot Tentacle
- Ponoko: An air-powered robotic tentacle using Processing and Arduino
- MakeZine: Make Talk 015 – Matthew Borgatti
- BoingBoing: Laser-cut bento box
- Phoenix New Times: Laser Bento Boxes Are Totally Awesome
- Makezine: Anywhere Organ – An Interview With Matthew Borgatti
- Boingboing: Guy Fawkes OWS Bandanas
- Coilhouse: Coilhouse Presents – Matthew Borgatti’s OWS Bandanna Remix Pack!
- Laughingsquid: Guy Fawkes Bandana for Occupy Protestors
- JWZ: Wherein we make our saving throw against Gypsy Curse
- JWZ: Anonymous Bandana
- Extreme Futurist Fest: Interview
- Extreme Futurist Fest: Art is Wrong
- Coilhouse: The Anywhere Organ – Open-Source Pipe Organ of the Future
- BoingBoing: Raptor Cufflinks
- The Awesome Foundation: The Anywhere Organ
- Steampunk Workshop: Anywhere Organ!
- Motherboard TV: Fairytale Fashion
- GETV: What is Steampunk?
- Super Punch: MST3Shades
- Craftzine: DIY Scratch-Off Cards
- Craftzine: Folded Jellyfish Lamp
- The Daily What: T-Rex Skull Cufflinks
- Makezine: Major Hackers Infiltrate Rhode Island
- Makezine: Digitally Fabricated Steampunk Goggles
- Hack A Day: HACKADAY PRIZE ENTRY: SOFT ORTHOTICS
- Hack A Day: SIMPLIFYING FABRICATION OF SOFT ROBOTS
- Hack A Day: SOFT ROBOTICS, SILICONE RUBBER, AND AMAZING CASTINGS
- Hack A Day: CASTING METAL PARTS AND SILICONE MOLDS FROM 3D PRINTS
- Hack A Day: RPI SHOW AND TELL SATURDAY AND NYC MEETUP ON MONDAY
- Hack A Day: 32C3: MY ROBOT WILL CRUSH YOU WITH ITS SOFT DELICATE HANDS!
- Hack A Day: THE NICEST HOME MADE SPOT WELDER WE’VE EVER SEEN