About Mobius

The MIT 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 works with facility managers to catalog and categorize their equipment and facilities for Mobius. Facility managers can then maintain their facilities information.

2. Mobius Web App
MIT community members (and members of the Make Impact Consortium) can use the responsive MIT Mobius Web App to locate all of the equipment and facilities in the database, check the status of equipment and pay for materials and machine time. Facility managers can use the web app to modify information about their facility, policies, equipment and users.

3. Mobius management
Management of Mobius facilities is handled through the same web app via the “Admin” tab available to facility managers.

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 needed a way to find these machines/resources they need without calling/walking to multiple makerspaces.  This is particularly important forirst-year students, new graduate students and entrepreneurs that may not be familiar with MIT’s making system.  The Mobius app enable students to search/find maker machines (e.g. laser cutters, mills, or waterjets).  Students can search by equipment type, the material they are working with and several other search avenues.

Maker Money

This capability removes payment processing as a barrier to use of maker spaces.  The Mobius Web App permits students to pay for materials, machine time, access fees, and more from their phone using two options.  The 1st through their TechCash account (MIT’s internal currency) which also includes ‘MakerBucks’ provided to first-year students upon completion of the MakerLodge Training.  The 2nd is through Credit Cards, either MIT Purchasing Cards or personal credit cards.   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.

Maker Trust

This capability provides 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 also enables 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.

What’s Next with Mobius

We are currently implementing the following features:

  • Machine Based Education
    Short informative videos and primers to learn about maker machines/technology
  • Improved Search
    User searches will be faster.

In future phases, we are considering adding:

  • Maker Matching
    Connect makers that want to learn new skills with makers who want to share what they know
  • Reviews
    Students will be able to review different spaces from 1-5 stars
  • Maker Event Notification
    Occasional announcements about exciting MIT maker events
  • Access Based Filters
    Filter based on machines/spaces that are open to you

Have additional ideas or feedback about Mobius? Let us know at mobius@mit.edu.