Trillium Technologies: Space Exploration & Hyper-local Manufacturing

Trillium Technologies develops solutions to systemic problems in climate, ocean, and space.

Trillium Technologies develops solutions to systemic problems in climate, ocean, and space. Tackling issues of this scale require learning quickly, prototyping, and making things real through partnerships and community building. So, they use a mission-centred approach, working with dedicated partners along the way in order to capitalise on different resources, expertise, and opinions. Partners have included IBM, Cancer Research UK, bp, Intel, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Nike, Microsoft, and Wired. Trillium has launched two of their projects on Wevolver: Ultrascope and Made in Shoes.

Ultrascope was designed by Trillium’s Open Space Agency and is an open source robot telescope or ARO (Automated Robotic Observatory) controlled by a smartphone. It empowers citizen scientists with a low cost and open source robotic telescope to assist the work of professional astronomers. It enables DIY engineers and amateur astronomers to perform useful measurements; specifically lightcurve photometry, which generates useful data for a number of scientific applications, including planet finding and asteroid hunting.

They are building up a network of scopes to solve address challenges faced by the larger scopes, like reduced bandwidth and coverage limited to the Northern Sky. Ultrascope allows astronomers to contribute to citizen science projects and conduct celestial photography and photometry by joining a network of peers, who by working collectively are able to generate data with a high degree of fidelity.

Another of Trillium’s projects is called Made in Shoes. The Made In Shoe’s (MIS) project is an open source, scalable 3D printed shoe manufacture system designed for the low-tech, highly customizable and hyper-local manufacture of highly durable and repairable natural rubber shoes in the developing world.

MIS enables a self-sufficient localized response to many issues in the areas of Sport, Health, Opportunity, & Environment and is an example of what can be achieved when communities suffering from aid dependency gain access to the power of 3D printing enabled manufacturing. These highly accessible shoes allow developing countries better opportunity for healthy exercise, protection from disease, potential business opportunities making the shoes, and environmentally sustainable products.

Trillim’s the key to their success is this: They do not do anything alone. Trillium is a master in collaboration, saying, “In doing so we match our own expertise and passion in System Design and Systems Intelligence to the resources and objectives of a strong partnership network.”


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