I am interested in the intersection of product design and transportation, which is only just being explored as a space for personal expression. With the advent of shared-ownership networks such as Zipcar and more radically, the Media Lab’s CityCar project, single-person-scale transportation modules are evolving more and more quickly. Vehicles can be transformed into design statements on the scale of interchangeable accessories. As vehicles shrink and technology focuses on more sustainable use patterns, the human-vehicle interface is changing; the concept of personal mobility is converging towards producing vehicles that are more exoskeleton than machine.
At least twice a year, I spend a significant amount of time outdoors, relying on my body and limited gear to enjoy natural environments. Again and again I have been impressed by the cleverness, directness, and robustness that is packaged in each camp stove, tent, and backpack. The existing technology is like a challenge to build something lighter, more elegant, and more environmentally conscious.