Background, Beliefs, and Approach
Tomorrow Lab® works with entrepreneurs big and small to invent new products. We have a unique focus on prototyping new hardware technology and turning those prototypes into market-ready, manufacturable products.
The products we develop for our clients give startups the solid foundation necessary to grow their new venture, and allow established companies to explore new market opportunities. Together with our network of rapid and mass fabrication partners; we design, develop, and deliver scalable technology hardware products that fulfill the revolutionary visions of our clients. In addition to our education and experience, we are Apple MFi certified developers.
From industrial design and mechanical engineering, to electrical engineering and firmware development, Tomorrow Lab specializes in physical technology products because we believe physical things create a deeper potential for change than just software or web products alone. We embrace the word ‘invention’ and obsessively prototype inside and outside of our client work. Continually prototyping allows us to author the future and develop useful technical knowledge which can work its way into client projects. You can see some of our in-house work in our Design Lab.
Interaction Design & Electrical Engineering
As the founder of Tomorrow Lab, Ted regularly speaks on the role of design studios as invention centers and the application of science and design to small entrepreneurial ventures to create new technology products that solve big problems. Ted holds a Masters of Industrial Design from Georgia Tech, a Bachelors of Inventive Design Engineering from Purdue University, and has taught design studio courses at Georgia Tech, Drexel University, the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) in Denmark, where he served as permanent advisor to the NEST, the institute’s design-driven incubator.
Innovation Strategy & Industrial Design
Pepin Gelardi works at the intersection of purpose and possibility, exploring the role of entrepreneurship and technology in solving future-facing problems. As a Partner at Tomorrow Lab®, Pepin leads the Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering teams to invent and develop new, impactful hardware products. After hours, Pepin teaches workshops in design, aspires to become a Pasta Scientist, and creates site-specific art with his wife Teresa.
Business & Marketing Manager
Shelby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from UNC-Asheville, and a Masters of Publishing from George Washington University. Shelby’s expertise, while different from a traditional engineer, comes from over a decade of diverse professional experience ranging from project management, to copywriting, editing and research, and development of marketing strategies. She has a knack for cultivating a creative energy at Tomorrow Lab, and leads marketing, social media, and the website. She lives in Brooklyn and enjoys biking, exploring the city, and live music. Shelby is a member of the International Women's Leadership Association.
Born and raised in New York, Joe received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Product Design from Parsons School of Design. He began his career at Tomorrow Lab as an intern and transitioned to Junior Designer. His work is inspired by the ability of beautiful, functional products to simplify people's lives. His desire to constantly be creating has also lead him to explore photography.
Product Design Engineer - Mechanical
Born in Vietnam, Tan grew up in North Carolina and earned his BS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from NC State University. He later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a MS in Integrated Product Design. After post-graduation backpacking trips to Europe and Southeast Asia, Tan joined Tomorrow Lab as a Product Design Engineer. On the weekends, he explores NYC and builds toys for kids and cats.
Product Design Engineer - Electrical
With an electrical and computer engineering degree from the University of Florida, Dorian started his career working at Texas Instruments. There he gained invaluable experience developing a wide variety of customer products as a Factory & Field Applications Engineer. With that experience and a desire to be more hands on with the product development process, he joined Tomorrow Lab in 2016. In his spare time Dorian enjoys exploring NYC, playing tennis, and automating his apartment.
Tomorrow Lab has established relationships with trusted fabricators, factories, and product assembly houses located in multiple Chinese cities: Ningbo, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen. Together with these partners, we offer painless entry into timely, high-quality, affordable, and scalable product manufacturing and assembly programs.
is a longstanding partner of Tomorrow Lab. NexPCB provides painless and scalable entry into China-based manufacturing and assembly. We rely on NexPCB's Founder, Thunder, and his team to provide quality products, thorough communication, and end-to-end services to Tomorrow Lab's clients. Below are facility photos from NexPCB's factories.
Hammerhead Navigation received the GOLD Award in Digital Design at the 2016 International Design Excellence Award Competition
Entrepreneur Magazine February 2014 Cover Story
Intel The Future is Now feature on The Verge
Pepin Gelardi guest speaker at the Barnard-Columbia Design for America: Designing the Real World event on February 11, 2017
Pepin Gelardi and Ted Ullrich Keynote Speakers at SVA's MFA in Interaction Design Thesis Festival Graduate Show
Ted Ullrich doing a TED Talk at his alma mater TEDxPurdue"Getting to Good Quicker" panel with CIID
Ted Ullrich's discussion at Tech in Motion's IoT Panel
Pepin Gelardi's interview with Inc.
Ted Ullrich's presentation at Hardwired NYC
Ted Ullrich's presentation at TEDxAtlanta “Betterness” Conference
Ted Ullrich & Shelby Thompson conduct bitLab Interview with littleBits
Mentorships & Teaching
Google 30WEEKS Program Mentors
R/GA Techstars Hardware Accelerator Mentors
NYU Summer Launch Pad Mentors
The New School Parsons Strategic Design & Management (MS) Program Mentors
NEW INC Incubator Mentors
NYCEDC - World to NYC Fall 2014 Advisory Board