The first prototype of the Square, a device that turns smartphones and tablets into credit-card readers, came out of TechShop

Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg

The first prototype of the Square, a device that turns smartphones and tablets into credit-card readers, came out of TechShop

Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg

TechShop Creations

Square Credit-Card Reader
Square Credit-Card Reader

The first prototype of the Square, a device that turns smartphones and tablets into credit-card readers, came out of TechShop

Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg
Laser Hair-Loss Treatment
Laser Hair-Loss Treatment

Inventor Tamim Hamid went to TechShop to find industrial designers who could develop a helmet outfitted with lasers that would fire on the scalp and stimulate hair follicles

Folding Kayak
Folding Kayak

Anton Willis built a kayak out of corrugated plastic. Before a hiking trip, you fold the kayak up and stuff it in your backpack and then unfurl it at the waterside

Jet Pack
Jet Pack

Made by Andy Filo, a member at TechShop San Jose

Photograph by Joseph Schell
Embrace Infant Warmer
Embrace Infant Warmer

Embrace built a cheap infant warmer now distributed worldwide by GE Healthcare

Lightning's Electric Motorcycle
Lightning's Electric Motorcycle

Lightning Motorcycles makes the world's fastest electric motorcycle

Stirling Engine Assembly
Stirling Engine Assembly

Made by TechShop Detroit member Tim Sefton, whose project involves innovation on an old technology to make a simple engine that can run on any heat source

Photograph by Brian Sorg for Bloomberg Businessweek
Super Mario Bros. Lamp
Super Mario Bros. Lamp

Adam Ellsworth and Bryan Duxbury created a lamp that looks like one of the question mark cubes from the game Super Mario Bros.