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The site for FirstBuild was originally an empty warehouse, so an industrial look, complete with graffiti, was used for a creative feel that kept the building’s original vibe.
Geneva-controlled vent hood
This Geneva-controlled vent hood is a new product that FirstBuild has developed.
Cooktop for the visually impaired
A hackathon last summer resulted in the development of this prototype cooktop for the visually impaired. It includes braille on the surface and on the handles of the pots and pans.
Closeup of the cooktop for the visually impaired
This prototype provides grooves where each pot or pan rests on the cooktop. It’s ideal for someone who is visually impaired.
New Monogram pizza oven
This new $9,900 pizza oven became available in January 2017 as part of the GE Appliances Monogram line.
Washer and dryer with voice added
A visually impaired person can add a simple control to a traditional washer and dryer to have each setting read out loud as they turn the dial. (This is still a prototype and not in production.)
Opal nugget ice maker
This Opal nugget ice maker has been a huge success for FirstBuild, with over $2.7 million raised in a crowdfunding campaign and more than 7,000 units sold.
Wine inventory cabinet
Keep track of your wine inventory via a mobile app with this prototype of a wine cabinet.
Paragon cooking mat
The Paragon induction cooking system has been a popular FirstBuild item, and this cooking mat is another product in the lineup.
Motion activated vent hood
This vent hood can be turned on or off with motion, such as by waving a hand in front of a sensor.
Interior of FirstBuild
A shipping storage container is used as office space inside FirstBuild’s lab.
The lab is stocked with power tools, hand tools, 3D printers, laser cutters, board fabrication equipment, a circuit board mill, a pick and place machine, a solder reflow oven, as well as a wiring station with extra wire and oscilloscopes.
Anyone who has an idea can take it to FirstBuild and use its lab, materials and equipment free of charge to design their idea if it’s for an appliance.
There is an array of equipment available in the lab.
Developers often sit in the front area of the FirstBuild facility to work on their laptops.