Profile of Maker I-Wei Huang

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Profile of Maker I-Wei Huang

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The game site Polygon did a really nice profile and video mini-doc on our pal (and MAKE contributor) I-Wei Huang. I-Wei is best known in MAKE circles for Crabfu Steamworks, his steam powered robots and other cool creations that he bodges together in his spare time. In the gaming world, I-Wei is best known as the chief character and toy designer for Skylanders, the wildly-successful video game and toy line. In this video, I-Wei shows off both his Crabfu creations and talks about his creative and design process around Skylanders. We also learn more about how I-Wei and company use 3D printing technology in their design process. There’s a lot to love in this profile, not the least of which is that awesome T-shirt I-Wei is rocking’.

Inside the Skylanders Toy Workshop

2 thoughts on “Profile of Maker I-Wei Huang

  1. 5 Impressive Robotics Projects You Don't Want to Miss | Make: says:

    […] difficultly to build, all have a lot of character designed into them. Amateur robot builder I-Wei Huang believes that building this kind of character into a robot is something of an evolutionary driver; […]

  2. Make: Japan | 「Make:」で紹介したおすすめ自作ロボットプロジェクト5作 says:

    […] 安価に手に入るものから、製作がかなり難しいものまでいろいろあるが、すべてに共通しているのは、それなりのキャラクターがあることだ。アマチュアのロボットビルダー、I-Wei Huangは、こうした個性をロボットに持たせることで、ロボットの進化を加速させると確信している。おかしくて、かわいくて、個性的なロボットを作れば、人々は普通のロボットよりももっと関わってみたいと感じるようになる。それがロボットの行動をさらに洗練させる(自分でロボットを作りたいという動機にもつながる)。ここに並べたロボットには、それがある。私は、そうしたデザイン面を重視して選んだつもりはないが、選んだ結果、すべてにそれが共通していたのだ。 […]

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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