Ars Technica Live 9: Filmed by Chris Schodt and produced/edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link) Vibrators have been such a popular gadget that nineteenth century inventors turned them into one of the first electrified devices in history.

Today, they’ve become so mainstream that you can even buy them at Target.

But for Ti Chang, our guest on this month’s Ars Technica Live, vibrators are an industrial design challenge.
As the VP of design at Crave, Chang is responsible for the creation and manufacturing of the most intimate device you’re likely to buy.
She handles everything from CAD drawings to coordinating with engineers in San Francisco and manufacturers in China. Plus, she actually listens to users.

Ars staffers Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar talked to her about her fascinating career in hardware design. You can watch the video or listen to the podcast. (Yes, it’s all safe for work! We were talking about vibrators, not using them.)
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