The Maker's Space

The Maker’s Space is a unique prototyping workspace where concepts can be rapidly transformed into basic and tangible demonstration objects using a range of technologies and techniques.


A controlled environment, staffed by experts, the Maker’s Space gives shape, form and functionality to ideas and allow teams to build, test and learn. The Maker’s Space facilitates user testing and ensures that all solutions support the Philips commitment to creating meaningful, people focused innovation.

Prototyping tools available within the Maker’s Space could include:

Laser cutting

A laser cutting machine can make very precise cuts in wood, perspex or textiles. This speed and precision is perfect for exploring forms and for making rapid prototypes that can be used in user confrontations and brainstorm sessions.


3D printing

Successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. Finished objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source.  



An open source library of modular electronics which snap together with small magnets for prototyping and learning. The Lego-like kits make it possible to click together sensors and actuators in a very simple and intuitive way. The system was originally designed for children but is a perfect experimental tool for use in workshops.

Arduino boards

An open source platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software that allows you to program and output interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world. It has been widely adopted as a prototyping tool.


Wizard of Oz

A technique used to ‘fake’ a product or service in order to enable a user confrontation. The designers/researchers push buttons and fake a working installation in order for the user to experience the system or product.


Internet of Things protoyping

Using ever more easy to use development boards and software platforms to test IOT propositions. These new and emerging platforms and boards make it easier to connect physical to digital and are a great tool for testing digital value propositions.

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