Using research into the science of creativity and sensory stimuli LOCU was created as a wearable device that detects light, sound and temperature – it lights will let you know when you're in any combination of the ideal conditions to ideate.
This collaborative wearable device project was created at 72u in Los Angeles.
Vizzy uses an interactive voting interface to provide a daily data visualization around a given topic, from the hard-hitting to the harder-to-talk about. Part community check-in, part live data stream, Vizzy is a safe space to register how you feel, see the opinions of others, and then talk about it all - IRL.
Welcome Drone uses the internet of things methodology to bring the reality of secret drone strikes into the home and into casual conversation. Once an hour, a Photon microcontroller checks to see if there are updates on the dronestre.am site. If there are, the unit glows for 8 hours continuously. Because there's nothing about the piece which indicates its meaning, it blends into the home like any other wall hanging artwork or decor. When it does unexpectedly light up it may serve as a reminder or conversation starter about the secret strikes that are taking place on a regular basis in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
This lamp was inspired by all the tree and bush stumps I see cut back but never fully excavated. The base is designed in Rhino and walnut cut on the CNC router. The circuit board, which uses an Arduino Pro Mini and an 24 RGB LED NeoPixel ring, was cut on the Othermill. The 3mm thick shade is designed in Rhino and printed through Shapeways. Here's a video of the lamp in action.
Number Fog Fabrics
This project applies data visualization and drawing into fabric patterns that capture the prevalence, contrasts, and frictions of rapid change as it affects parallel lives in the Bay Area. The fabric patterns are modeled after Dutch Wax Block Print designs which are popular in West Africa and may appropriately be referred to as "African Fabric". Data, derived from sociopolitical concerns (such as changes in property values, transportation, or labor and income) and represented as shape and line, become the fabric backgrounds. The foreground patterns are composed of drawn symbology related to various technologies emerging from the social, economic and political environment in the San Francisco Bay Area. The finished fabrics are intended to serve a similar purpose as some of the designs in West Africa: highlighting objects as windows into change.
The sleepyBoard is an Arduino-ready prototyping board that makes it easy to build your own Arduino with an Arduino bootloader programmed chip and a few other components. It is not IC specific meaning you can use it to prototype many different circuits. It's also the perfect size for an Arduino shield.
• Hole configuration is similar to standard breadboard for easy movement to soldered prototype.
• 5 connected positive rows and 5 connected ground/negative rows
• Ready for ATMEGA processor with Arduino bootloader. Header pins allow for FTDI connection. A functional Arduino board can be created for under $10. Pin functions are silkscreened.
• Designated locations for DC power jack, voltage regulator, battery, power switch, and capacitors.
• White space to label your project.
• Large holes at corners can accept mounting hardware.
• Easily add header PINs and mount board to Arduino UNO for an instant shield.
• Solderable from both sides.
• Trances repeatedon both sides to reduce instances of broken continuity.
• Classroom tested for more than 4 years!
This 176-page full-color book is composed of illustrated nonfiction stories about traveling in Senegal, Mali and Ethiopia. The experiences are loosely organized into seven parts.
Prototype for my first wearable electronic project. This word bubble turns SMS messages into accoutrements with the use of a high-contrast OLED character display. The object may invoke unexpected conversation or simply reveal an often hidden method of daily communication. The device can also act as an adaptive technology that allows for simple nonverbal communication. Alternatively the user can share the messaging number and wear whatever anyone decides to message.
SMS Communication is managed by an Arduino, Adafruit's FONA module and a T-mobile SIM card.
This is a public data / monitoring / street art project is ongoing. Various units similar to the one pictured here are being placed in various public locations.
Furniture for an Era of Irresponsible Choices
Wood, Custom Electronics, Steel Knives
This device can only be started or stopped when someone pushes the big red button in the center. Once activated the knives spin at random times for random intervals. Starting the machine is easy but stopping it can result in injury.