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Office Hours for E-Robot Prize

Office Hours for E-Robot Prize
By Andra Keay • Issue #5 • View online
Invitation to Join E-ROBOT Phase 1 Office Hours on April 21
Interested in competing in the E-ROBOT Prize? Get your last-minute questions answered and receive one-on-one application support directly from the experts at the E-ROBOT Prize Office Hours session on Wednesday, April 21, at 1 p.m. ET. Teams that join the Office Hours session will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from the E-ROBOT Prize administrative team, Connectors, and Power Connectors who can help move your technology closer to winning part of the $4 million cash prize! Register now for E-ROBOT Prize Office Hours.
This event will be your one-stop shop to connect and get help from:
E-ROBOT Prize Administration Team – NREL/DOE
Get support on: 
  • Phase 1 submission elements
  • E-ROBOT Technology goals
  • HeroX and how to submit your Phase 1 submission
  • How to set up your team for success in Phase 2
E-ROBOT Power Connectors – ADL VenturesNation of MakersNewlabGreentown Labs
Get support on: 
  • How to strengthen your team’s partnerships
  • Phase 1 submission tips and tricks
  • How to strengthen your Phase 1 submission 
  • Additional feedback and support opportunities
E-ROBOT American-Made Network Connectors
In attendance will be: 
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Bonus material!
Your relationships with your “smart” products are about to get a lot more personal.
Think how commonplace it is now for people to ask Siri for the weather forecast, deploy Roomba to clean their homes, or summon Alexa to turn on the lights. The “smart home” market will reach well over $100 billion in the next five years on the promise of products that are truly integrated with our cooking, cleaning, entertainment, security, and hygiene habits.
But the reality is, these first-generation “smart” products aren’t very smart—yet. We’re clearly seeing only the tip of the iceberg in terms of capability and how such products can enhance our lives. How do we take it to the next level?
In a word, design—and more specifically, social design. In this fascinating and instructive book, leading product design expert Carla Diana describes how new technology is allowing designers to humanize consumer products in delightfully subtle ways. Showcasing vivid examples of social design principles such as “product presence,” “object expression,” and “interaction intelligence,” we see how inventive uses of light, sound, and movement can evoke human responses to even the most mundane products. Diana offers clear guidelines and takeaways for conceptualizing, building, and optimizing products using such methods as bodystorming, scenario storyboarding, video prototyping, behavior charting, and more.
My Robot Gets Me provides keen insights and practical advice to anyone interested or involved in the burgeoning smart marketplace, from product designers and developers to managers and venture capitalists.
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