I’m Matthew Borgatti. I am an industrial and mechanical designer. You may have seen monsters I’ve built, printed objects I’ve released, or own one of the products I’ve helped design. My work has appeared in Wired, Vice, BoingBoing, PopSci, and TechCrunch. There’s a good chance that one of my passports is hanging around at your local hackerspace.
Between getting my industrial design degree at RISD and now I’ve built miniaturized microscopes for self contained water bear biomes, space suit gloves for NASA (as a subcontractor working with Final Frontier Design), impact resistant drone shells for Google Wing, a fleet of handwriting robots for Bond, in-house projects for Instructables, kite powered racers for Makani, and the CNC curriculum at TechShop. I also animated a TV series for NOVA and put together a Spider-Man inspired wall climbing suit for Prototype This. I’m also a member of NYC Resistor, New York’s longest running hackerspace, and a professor at SVA, teaching systems design and smart objects.
I am also co-founder of, and lead the mechanical design at Super-Releaser. Super-Releaser is a robotics company that specializes in bio-inspired machines, improving how humans interface with robots, and product development. Our clients include NASA, Google X, Midnight Commercial, Google ATAP, 3Scan, SOLS, and Cadillac. We work to make soft robotics a part of everyday life by developing them under a design-for-manufacture lens.
Email me: sm.rah@m
- Linkedin for my resumé
- Thingiverse for open source designs
- Flickr for photos
- Instructables for DIY projects
- Twitter for status updates
- Youtube for video experiments
- 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