Hacking in a factory

By Laya Anasu

The view of the backside of a digital knitting machine is beautiful in its chaos and fragility—and more than a little daunting. As one of seven students who traveled to Shenzhen, China, last August for Hacking Manufacturing, a course started by MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, I got a firsthand look at that view—and a chance to see how a long-practiced manual skill like knitting translates to a piano-size machine.

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