Carla Diana is a designer, author and educator who explores the impact of future technologies through hands-on experiments in product design and tangible interaction. She has designed a range of products from robots to connected home appliances, and her robot designs have appeared on the covers of Popular ScienceTechnology Review and the New York Times Sunday Review. She is a faculty member in the Integrated Product Design program at the University of Pennsylvania where she has created some of the country’s first courses on designing smart objects, and an ongoing collaborator with the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at the University of Texas, Austin. She writes and lectures frequently on the social impact of robotics and emerging technology and created the world’s first children’s book on 3D printing, LEO the Maker Prince. Her seminal essay, “Talking, Walking Objects”, is a good representation of her view of our robotic future.


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I design robots and everyday objects that come to life through electronic behaviors. I work with companies of all sizes in addition to developing my own products and artwork, playing in the space where physical and digital meet.

I am the creator of interactive sound project, industrial designer for the iconic humanoid robot, Simon, and developer of Directives Digital Furniture (downloadable, laser-cut, design on-demand pieces).

Smart Design, where I hold the position of Smart Fellow and lead the Smart Interaction Lab
Tomorrow-Lab, where I am Advisor
Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I collaborate on social robot design and was the shell designer for famous robots Simon and Curi.

LEO the Maker Prince (book)
The New York Times
The Atlantic
Qualcomm SPARK
Smart Interaction Lab
Fast Company Co. Design

Here’s a small collection

I speak at various types of conferences and events.
Recently: Webvisions PortlandTEDxDrexelTEDxEmory and the IxD13 Conference.

I run workshops on creative design methods for professionals and students all over the globe. Last Spring, I launched newly created Smart Objects courses at U Penn and SVA (PoDIxD) .

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