A study of the history of objects that extend human limbs in dance, their problematic LED corollaries in contemporary EDM ("electronic dance music") culture, and the creation of a new Light Instrument that affords dancers artistic choice.
(Arduino, Xcode, Eagle Cad, Electronic Textiles, Mesh Networking)
My Dad loves playing guitar. I grew up with his songs. But a bad fall in the winter of 2010 left him with a dislocated shoulder and detached nerves. He could make a crude 'pincher' gesture with his left hand, but couldn't form chords. His right hand, thankfully, was fine.
I thought,’how about I just build something to allow him to get back to his songs?’ Something of a Luddite at heart, he was a little slow warming up to the idea of an electronic device interfacing between him and an acoustic instrument. I knew from the beginning that I needed to replicate a normal experience of playing guitar as closely as possible.
The build has two parts. A frame mounts over the finger board with slots for eighteen solenoids which push the strings down between the frets. These are controlled by the replacement finger board which is mounted below the neck. It has a double-row of buttons that let the player select the desired chord. One button chooses the key, with a second button acting as a modifier to switch to a seventh cord, or minor cord.
REMQuilt helps couples decipher the secret language of their sleep.
Each night, it tracks their restlessness, closeness, and body contact; each morning, it weaves this data into a representation of their sleep and projects it on their bed in a quilt-like pattern.
REMQuilt is comprised of a number of digital textiles: a Kinect camera for low light camera and depth; face tracking libraries in openFrameworks to suggest restlessness and proximity; two conductive pillow cases to measure body contact between sleepers, and a projector mounted above the bed to illuminate the connections in the morning.
For demonstration purposes only, we built a mode which projected the quilt 'live' while a couple was in bed, and much of our documentation utilizes this modality.
REMQuilt was built in collaboration: my best work happens in tandem with brilliant makers, who were, in this case, Amelia Hancock and Patrick Muth.
I lead the development of the software architecture (mostly openFrameworks, but also Processing and Arduino), fabricated the electronic pillow cases (silver-plated spandex & bamboo fabric), co-conceived of the concept with Amelia, and directed and shot the video documentation.
Somewhere between dreams and inventions: an exploration of mediated reality in the style of Leonardo da Vinci.
As always, I stand on the shoulders of giants.
Get Up and Go! was my final project for Katherine Dillon’s Persuasive Design class: a friendly tool to help you get out of the door more quickly in the morning.
Alarm clocks are well and good, but I wanted to do something different. My app treats the user’s brain like a kindergartner’s — no complex interface, no complex incentives to parse, just one task at a time, followed by the next.
I deliberately drew simple, playful images. Inspiration goes to the work of Children’s Book author Roald Dahl. A morning app, I reasoned, needs to be inviting, soft, friendly; a design that didn't argue with groggy morning brain; a design that caressed rather than corralled; encouraged rather than discouraged; nudge rather than nag.
This is the result.
Interactive app produced for Subway Sandwiches.
Concept: When best friends Chris and Alex are trapped in a time loop, multiple versions of themselves wreak havoc around the globe. The friends turn to SUBWAY® in their struggle to reestablish order in the world.
As the interactive writer/director, I scripted and directed nine comedic video shorts and developed a parody Android app, "LoopBr8ker!" to tie into the 3-part web-series.
Playing off the narrative theme and the popularity of self-help apps in 2012, LoopBr8kr! prompted users to shake their phone to "shake up your loop", providing tongue-in-cheek self-help messaging and over-the-top Sandwich-pushing.
Wrote and directed narrative video content, developed app in PhoneGap for Android.
Behind the scenes: https://vimeo.com/51701076
A Rube Goldberg Project Idea Generator (currently over 1,000,000 ideas generated). The catch: it immediately shreds them. Part of a collaborative installation for the Flux Factory in Queens, NY.
(Processing, Arduino, Custom Circuits, Steel, Acrylic, Paper, Office Machines)
Bats have been having a rough time of it lately. A virulent fungal illness being called “white-nose syndrome” has been killing off millions (possibly as many as nearly 7 million) of bats in North America, particularly in our neck of the woods. In fact, the first incident of this illness was recorded not too far north of New York City in 2006.
We decided to build a Bat Motel to show solidarity with bats as they struggle with a little understood disease and enter into the winter months. We will be encouraging NYC residents to show hospitality to our native flying mammals, and talk to people about how it’s ok to think they’re creepy…! Acceptance is the first step.
(Laser cut particle board, LEDs, custom analog circuits to create the 'Neon' flashing sign)