Web Cam Periscope

One of my strengths as a designer is the respect and attention I give to seemingly ridiculous ideas. As someone who learns (and teaches) through the process of making, this "anything's possible" approach has provided me with flexibility in concept, form and function.

Shown: MakerBot and Objet test prints (mirrors noticeably missing).

I decided to prototype the WCP during my internship at MakerBot in the spring of 2012. At the time I was a part of the "Applications" group, a team of super sharp and creative individuals that were eager to test the machine's use in both "practical" uses as well as more whimsicle ones.

Shown: Modeling the WCP using Modo.

This was my first time using a 3D printer and, though there were many lessons to be learned, I found the ability to hold my "sketch" of my idea in my hands to be an invaluable experience.

Shown: WCP being printed on the heated bed of the MakerBot.

Social Energy

I'm of the persuasion that electricity will one day be as easy to transmit as an email or an MP3. Granted, this assertion may prove only to reveal what little knowledge of physics I currently possess, but still I continue to hypothesize.

Social Energy is my concept for harnessing energy created through exercise to collect and, ultimately, share on the internet. Like a more productive Facebook or a worthwhile Twitter, Social Energy's site would allow users to create accounts, upload their energy, research people, places and organizations, and share their newly created energy with the world.

Bbreath

During my time at ITP, in the fall of 2011, I had the good fortune of taking a class called "New Interfaces in Musical Expression," taught by Greg Shakar. Perpetually interested in tangibility, I worked on a way to transform my voice into circles of varying sizes and colors.

The video on the right was shot at the NIME show in Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg. I posted it here for technical demonstration purposes and certainly not evidence of my singing abilities.

Shown: My performance at the NIME show in December 2011.

The original idea for Bbreath (which I pronouced as "b-flat breath") also involved touching and manipulating these circles using a depth-tracking camera - similar to when you breath on a window pane and are then able to draw on it.

Gravity-Powered Car

Another ITP-inspired project, the Gravity-Powered Car is fueled by several weights that, as the vehicle rolls, are released, supplying the vehicle with just enough momentum to continue revolving.

As the video above demostrates, Alex and I experimented with several ways to displace weight from the vehicle. We wound up using discarded AC power adapters due to their inherent density and close proximity to our workshop.

As I continued prototyping with smaller, more reliably sturdy vehicles, I swapped the AC adapters for routed-out blocks of wood which housed very heavy magnets.

I really enjoyed working on this project and hope to continue prototyping again someday soon.

Shown: Family portrait.