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Paul Yarin, founder of Blackdust Design, is a consultant in the fields of interactive media, product design, and technology research. Paul’s experience spans both research and industrial projects, many of which have been developed into real products. His focus is the rapid application of new technologies to challenging design problems.

While a student in the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group, Paul developed embedded displays for visualizing patterns of use of physical objects and spaces. This effort made use of networked microcontrollers, radio-frequency identification, and rapid prototyping technologies. The research system, TouchCounters, was presented at the 1999 and 2000 CHI conferences.

Before attending MIT, Paul earned a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, which he attended through a departmental fellowship grant. Paul helped create the school's first program in Engineering Design Consulting. He also developed an innovative pedestrian impact-protection system for Ford and home computer design prototypes for Intel Corp.

Paul gained experience in rapid product innovation while employed by Boehringer Laboratories and by IDEO Product Development. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded the Tatnall Prize.