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William States Lee

MA work


In a world where smart technology increasingly means giving up your autonomy, T4umata takes the smart home in an alternate direction. T4utmata is a series of automata that actuate buttons and knobs around the home. You choose where to place the automata. You choose how to activate them, with customised gestures or sounds. All without the internet.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2019

  • Due to the data extraction and black-boxing of technologies, States' work aims to create products and technologies that make the technology subject to the individual. This involves increasing technological literacy of individuals, so they understand their technologies for customisation and control.

  • Degrees

  • BSc Mechanical Engineering, MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, 2016
  • Experience

  • Designer, Marshmallow Laser Feast, London, 2018; Product designer and engineer, Plush & Nuggets, Grenoble, France, 2017; Design engineer, Camera Cultures Media Lab, Cambridge, USA, 2015–2016
  • Conferences

  • Agile Ageing Conference, 2018