The Mobius system was created to help manage and share information about resources that the MIT community may use to make, measure and manipulate. Mobius consists of 3 main elements:
1. Mobius database
Project Manus catalogues and maintains information on facilities and equipment.
2. Mobius app
Main access to the database content. MIT community members (or non-members with Tochstone accounts) may use the Mobius app to access all data in the database. Facility managers may use the app to modify some information pertaining to their facility, policies, equipment and users.
3. Mobius management
Web-based management (mobius-api.mit.edu/) that facility managers may use to modify information pertaining to their facility, policies, equipment and user behavior. This is not meant for use by the general MIT community.
Finding Equipment to Make or Measure
There are over 45 major makerspaces spanning 130,000 ft2, that contain over 300 different kinds of maker equipment That is a lot of space and machines! The MIT community needs a way to find these machines/resources they need without calling/walking to multiple makerspaces. This is particularly important for freshmen, new graduate students and entrepreneurs that may not be familiar with MIT's making system. The Mobius app will enable students to search/find maker machines (e.g. laser cutters, mills, waterjet cutters). Students can search by equipment type, the material they are working with and several other search avenues. This functionality takes what at times may seem like 45 'black boxes'... and makes them transparent! Mobius will launch with a database of 20 spaces and we'll add the remainder through March 2016. As time goes on, we will add new spaces (5 facilities/week) and add measurements tools/instruments from centers and research labs (3 facilities/week)
This capability will remove the payment process as a barrier to use of maker spaces. The Mobius app will permit students to pay for materials, machine time, access fees, and more from their phone using their ID card via one of two ‘pots’ of money. The 1st is their TechCash account and the 2nd is a (yet to be implemented) ‘Maker Bucks’ account that would be associated with the student via the TechCash system. When payment is submitted, the appropriate local resource (shop manager, material storehouse manager) will receive immediate notice that the charge has either been denied/fulfilled. Students would be able to check their balance via the app. Though not required, students may be able to put money in their “Maker Bucks” account via the app.
This capability will provide a secure/reliable means for students to display, and shop managers to check, training credentials. This includes safety training, training on specific machines, authority to mentor/train others, and more. Shop managers will be able to see where the training was done, who sanctioned the credential, and at what date the last training was done. This will also enable shop managers to flag a student for serious rule/safety violations, to see if the student has active flags in other shops, and to see if the student has been flagged within the last year.
This is just Phase I of Mobius. Learn about, or suggest, new features for future phases.