Making Things Interactive, the 2020 Quarantine Variant

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in Carnegie Mellon, Design | No Comments

It’s that time! As I did in previous classes, I’m posting all my notes and students are posting all their assignments to the class blog.  

Joe Johnston owes someone a cookie…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2020 in Design, History | No Comments

…or maybe just a tip of the hat. EDIT:  Johnston did give Mead credit! Syd Mead, 1960s art for US Steel promotional brochure.  

New project in the development pipe

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Design | No Comments

Preview of a new tool stand I’m developing.  Still in the design iteration cycle, but I’m ready to start cutting more prototypes for testing.

Moog 60HP Eurorack update

Posted by on Jan 18, 2020 in Design, Vintage Synths | No Comments

One of the first lessons I learned in consumer electronics is that version 1.0 is the “can we?” release.  Version 2.0 is effectively a do-over of 1.0, where we fix all the obvious problems we didn’t fix and the new obvious problems we didn’t predict.  Design school has their own version that boils down to […]

Work-in-progress: multiple 60HP (Moog) eurorack

Posted by on Oct 26, 2019 in Design, lasersaur | No Comments

A few years ago when buying Moogfest tickets, I noticed that in addition to the “VIP” ticket option there was another choice,  “Engineering/VIP”.  Not only do you get VIP status, you get to do something nerdy and take home hardware so *of course* I go for that upgrade.  The project turned out to be assembling […]

IKEA’s Accessibility Project

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Accessibility, Design | No Comments

IKEA Israel is supporting ThisAbles, a resource for making IKEA products more usable and helping filter products by qualities. Under the “Tables” section is a list of IKEA tables that are accessible for people in wheelchairs.

Back from an unplanned vacation…

Posted by on Sep 22, 2018 in Design, Warifuru | No Comments

A few months ago, while teaching in the Spring, I applied for a F/T position at CMU HCII working on a research project and signed a 1-year contract. However, I’m writing lots of code at work and by the end of the day I really haven’t felt like working on warifuru.  I’m learning caffe, openpose, […]

Revisiting college life as a professor

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Carnegie Mellon, Design | No Comments

In 2009 I earned the first Master of Tangible Interaction Design at Carnegie Mellon.  This Fall I’m Adjunct at CMU School of Art, teaching Introduction to Physical Computing in the IDeATe program (yes that intercap is correct). We have a class blog if you want to follow along, half the students are CFA and half […]

Thermal qualities of E3D’s Edge Filament

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Design, Digifab | No Comments

I’m making some containers for a client who needs to evaporate water from a solution to get the weight of the solids.  It’s straightforward high school chemistry: weigh container add solution dehydrate water in a special enclosure weigh container + solids now you have the weight of the solids. The problem they have is that […]

Music Book Page Holder / Clip

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Design, Digifab | No Comments

Another thing I made for my own use then flipped to sell, a sturdy music book page holder.

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