I’m working on some themes that will set the tone for my academic year. Well, at least for the fall semester, since I can’t promise to not change my direction & ideas completely by January. As I write this, it’s the beginning of July, about 97 degrees outside (which is why I’m inside, and getting ready for fall actually seems like a good idea).
“I don’t see the world as a market, but rather, as a place that people live in.” -Red Burns
I’m thinking about cross platform development, open hardware, making vs. manufacturing, and the Internet of Things (#IoT is how it presents on Twitter) . I’m thinking a little bit less about wearables in this moment, but that will change as I start working on my syllabus for Physical Computing, which would be way remiss without a wearable component. Gestural interfaces like the Kinect & Leap have played a big role in recent projects (such as the Baumann Marionettes), and Augmented Reality (AR), something I started paying attention two almost 4 years ago, finally seems to be ready for users. So whether you’re in my Web Production or Physical Computing classes, be prepared hear about these areas.
Summer reading & a few conference visits got me more interested in projects like MakerNurses, small scall manufacturing, custom 3D toy design. My former student Veronica Black, just did her MFA thesis at Parson’s in food-based clothing technology, and I’m following her research.
Parachute Factory & the NMSL partnership is doing great work with community technology, a couple of grad students are in the middle of writing their theses. It’s still hot outside, and I’ve seen a lot of soccer these past few weeks.
More here in a few weeks as planning develops.
Radio Shack had a soldering/hobby booth at the New York Maker Faire (which I couldn’t get to, and it was back to back with the open hardware summit- which i will NOT MISS next year please note).
People of all ages soldering!
The DIY electronics/ interactivity world is growing and changing all the time- it’s really heartening because generally I find that the world is constricting, conforming, and becoming a harder place to live. The constant barrage of terrible news about the economy, world politics…etc is so awful that maybe, just maybe the idea of sitting down and getting lost in a project like building a pillow that allows you to tell it your dreams (and it records them) when you first wake up seems like a better way to spend your time. Has any body made that pillow? I’m thinking of doing it but I’m pretty sure it would mostly end up recording pug snores. Anyway, solder on, people. I’m off to make a pillowtype prototype.