Who we are

ThingM principals Mike Kuniavsky and Tod E. Kurt are leading experts in the fields of hardware and software user experience, web technology development and consumer robotics. They have been collaborating on projects since 1994.


Mike Kuniavsky researches, designs and writes about people’s experiences at the intersection of technology and everyday life. Companies and universities around the world use his 2003 book, “Observing the User Experience,” to understand and teach techniques that bring the design of products closer to the people who use them. His next book, “Smart Things,” expected in 2009 from Elsevier, will discuss ubiquitous computing user experience design.
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Tod E. Kurt has engineered the hardware and software for robotic camera systems that went to Mars. He was a founding developer and systems architect of Overture Systems, originally GoTo.com, later sold to Yahoo. While at Overture, he was a key strategist in technology relationships with companies such as Microsoft, AOL, Ask, Lycos, CNN, and the New York Times. Tod holds several key patents in the field of Internet Search technology.
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