Materials: Complete deck, object to be dissected

Objective: Understand a potential a complex object(like a smartphone, microcontroller shield, or robot) in terms of its functions instead of being distracted by its form.


  • Place object on table.
  • Systematically identify each of its inputs, outputs, power sources and connections.
  • Find and place the corresponding cards on the table beside the object. (You can use the subcategory icons on the cards to find the right cards faster)
  • Group them around the object according to their decks and subcategories.
  • Remove the object. Now use only the cards to design new uses for the object.