People often think about welding equipment, electronics and wires when talking about building a Tesla electric car. Very few people think about the near perfect leather seats in a Tesla. Machines that interact with people often have fabric or leather - things that need sewing, as part of the design and build process.
We are exploring building a plush toy .mp3 player in a few of our classes. This project would involve the design and fabrication of a stuffed animal that has an Arduino heart, battery and speaker. Students would be able to upload songs in the memory. iTunes to-go in a huggable package!