Supermechanical is a few people making augmented tools for people. We believe in a future for electronics that let you worry less and do more, with the privacy, ownership, and authorship that Web 1.0 granted us. We love how technology can empower regular people, and we do work we care about.

Founded in 2011, Supermechanical grew out of designer/software developer John Kestner’s graduate work at the MIT Media Lab, where he explored ways to incorporate connectivity into the physical interfaces of everyday objects. We’re designer-engineers who have appeared in all your favorite media, from the Wall Street Journal and Metropolis to Wired and Better Homes & Gardens.


We’ve got extensive experience designing, developing and manufacturing physical/digital products. We can help with proof-of-concept prototypes to product strategy to production code and CAD, and anything in between—contact us.


Wall Street Journal Alert: Your Plant Needs Water – New Wireless Sensors Are Connecting Everyday Objects With People

Fast Company Range: An iPhone Thermometer From The Maker Of Twine

Profile on John Kestner. Wired: Design Life Issue. Feb. 2014: 61. Print.
Kickstarter: An iPhone Kitchen Thermometer, From the Inventors of Twine
Beautiful Table Future-Proofed With Digital DNA

The Verge Twine review: the little blue box that hacks the world around you

Cool Hunting A leading interactive technologist uniting digital and physical design

NPR Marketplace Money John interviewed by Tess Vigeland

New York Times Why a Budget Is Like a Diet — Ineffective

Domus Tableau by John Kestner

Gizmodo This Ingenious Nightstand Prints Photos and Scans Handwritten Notes

CNN Wallet keeps you from shelling out cash

ABC News Electronic Wallets Shrink With Your Spending

Engadget Proverbial Wallets make your metaphysical money a little more tangible