21st Century Invention Factory
Tamarisk Labs is a prototyping factory that leverages 21st Century technologies to bring innovative hardware concepts to life.May 26, 2022 · 2 min read
Here at Credo we’re obsessed with technology and innovation. Specifically, we love learning about how purpose-driven innovation and emerging technologies are coming together to shape a better future. This is why we were so excited to collaborate with the founders of Tamarisk Labs on a spotlight video.
Tamarisk Labs is a prototyping factory based in Pasadena, CA. The founders are a couple of young, energetic engineers working to perpetually churn out new hardware creations. The ideas that they bring to life come from all over the map; individual inventors, startups seeking funding, and large corporations seeking to test new concepts. What is really cool is that with a lean team, modern technology, and iterative design philosophy, Tamarisk has been able to bring many amazing concepts to life. There’s the gesture enabled wheelchair, powered walkers for the elderly, and a tide monitoring device. Walking through their facility felt like a 21st Century tinkerer’s workshop. It gives a small glimpse into the innovation that will shape this century, and the incredible possibilities for positive change. Because of these technologies and modern methodologies, many are calling this era the beginning of the next great industrial revolution, dubbed Industry 4.0.
What is Industry 4.0?
It is becoming an increasingly common belief that we’ve entered into the early stages of the next great industrial revolution. The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, conceptualizes the rapid changes to technology, industry and social patterns in the 21st Century due to interconnectivity and smart automation. This next stage of development will be driven by forces like artificial intelligence (AI), smart sensors, machine-to-machine communication (M2M), robotics, and the accelerated transition to a knowledge economy. It is likely that over the coming years we will not only see a rapid increase in the pace of technological change, but also the blurring of the lines between the physical, biological and digital worlds. This obviously has massive implications for the way we live and interact with each other and the world around us.
Humans at the Center
Rapid technological change often brings with it progress, but it also has the propensity to leave many behind. Progress for its own sake doesn’t make sense without consideration for how it will better the lives of all people. At Credo, we believe that in order for this industrial revolution to be more equitable than those of the past, we must keep humans at the center of technological innovation. After all, technology is meant to be a tool to enhance human capabilities, not replace us. Based on the work Tamarisk shared with us, we think they are a positive model of how technology can be used to do just that.
Learn more about Tamarisk: https://www.tamarisk.io/