Piccolo is an open-source CNC platform for experimenting with 2D and 3D digital output. Unlike many other CNC machines, Piccolo is small (a palm top device), simple (one hour to assemble), and inexpensive (under 70 bucks). This makes Piccolo an excellent educational toolkit, and opens up possibilities like icing cupcakes, plotting generative graffiti, or writing an one-off business card on the fly.

Piccolo is entirely built from lasercut components and off the shelf, easily obtainable hardware. A Piccolo library for Arduino will be available to output svg files.

Piccolo debuted at ACM SIGCHI conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Kingston, Canada, Feb 2012 and won the Design Entrepreneur Challenge. Since then it has been covered by media including Make, Gizmodo, Core77, FastCompany, and DesignBoom.

Piccolo is a group effort lead by Diatom Studio, teamed with Huaishu Peng, with special thanks to CoDe lab, Carnegie Mellon University.

Shimmering Smartwatches

Point, an analog watch with smart notifications

Exploring Smartwatch design space through making.


MOTOACTV and integral web portal

Fitness tracker and music player by Motorola Mobility.


The open-source CNC platform for DIY community.

Tactile Display for the Visually Impaired

A blind user tries out the tactile display during the interview.

A TeslaTouch tactile interface designed for visually impaired people.


Visual material created for various clients.


A fun interactive wire sculpting device that bends wire forms based on sound input.

Alice in Wonderland

Poster with details

2D and 3D visualization of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

Ivy Curtain

Virtual ivy grows on a photo of window

A Java program that grows a virtual plant towards light on a photo. The generated pattern is laser cut on fabric.


A workshop on complex structure that emerges from simple rules

Formula Hybrid

Bulldogs Racing Car hits the ground!

Racingcar build by Bulldogs Racing Team, Yale University


Clock Hands

A “clock” that indicates where people are.

A Duet for Bicycle

Tandem bicycles that interactively generate musical sound


A collection of kinetic sculpture pieces