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Some Notes on

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Time is funny, sometimes it passes by very fast. Other times it passes by really slow. Either way, the only time you have to do anything is the present, so that is the time you have to make the best in life.

What else can I talk about other than and electronics? Maybe I can talk about #occupywallstreet or other political events that are important in this day and age. I think I’ll just talk about Badger.

Badger has definitely been a good project to develop. I have learned a great deal about people, business and technology. The most beneficial part of it all is the actual finding of things that interest me. Which is kind of nice since working so much for so long has fogged these things.

How many times have you been asked through out your life what are the things you like to do? This was especially true, in my experience, during Middle School and High School. Teachers, parents, parents friends and anyone who knew about you would ask about your interests in hopes of giving suggestions for possible career paths. This was the time when the sky was the limit and the only thing holding you back was interest.

What am I interested in?
What do I value?

Street Art has shed some light into that question. Through badger I have re-discovered a lot of interests that I enjoy. Aside from art related topics such as Street Art and Gallery Openings or Typography, I have re-enforced my admiration and intrigue with Bugs! Specially Bees. Another thing that I realized through badger is that the reason I take so many pictures is to compensate for my really awful short-term memory. Now when I go to an event or party and for some reason leave my bike over night, I “badge” it with my personal tag. “Badging” a picture of the bike takes less than a minute. I take a picture of the bike in its environment and plot the location. The next day when I wake up and freak out because I forgot where I parked my bike, I look at my phone and boom there it is. I found that this works well with parking my car in the city.

I noticed that Badger also answer the questions “Where did you see that?” and it also helps you keep track of the location of the things you shared.

An other cool development is using pictures from Badger for interactive installations. At my birthday party the other day, I projected the latest pictures that where uploaded to Badger. The software would grab the latest image and use a microphone to make pixels grow according to the intensity of the music. The result was people taking pictures of themselves to be projected with pixels that got bigger to the music.

Here is an example of what people saw:

Image from Badger:

Image processed with low sound:

Image processed with high sound:

It was a pretty cool experience. And best of all this little experiment is opening the door for more interactive installations in the future!

Long story short, I am looking forward to have people upload bugs to my bugs badge since I enjoy looking at them so much! Also Halloween, it would be cool to see Halloween pictures from all over the country.

News On The P-Comp and Mobile Front

Friday, May 20th, 2011

I’ve notice that we are making some interesting leaps in technology. Geeks and Nerds are innovating at a faster rate than I initially thought. Open source projects are making great leaps specially in the mobile world.

Here are some projects that have great potential. They are just beginning to scratch the surface and is a sign of the greater things to come.

The first trend that’s happening is the use of androids to interface with PCs. Here is a little hacked software that allows the android phone to act as a mouse controller for a computer.

RemoteDroid demo from Joshua Sera on Vimeo.

Sooner than later you will have software on your phone to control just about anything with an internet connection and digital controls.

An other little device that will certainly enable hackers and techies to do some rapid prototyping is the IOIO (pronounced yoyo.)

The IOIO is an open-source micro controller that connects to your android phone. The little micro controller is packed with 16 analog inputs, 9 PWM outputs and an astonishing 48 i/o digital pins. This will allow you to make gadgets control via mobile device:

If you think that these innovations are already too cool for their own good. You have not kept up with ubuntu news. Just a few weeks ago the news spread like wildfire about the Raspberry Pi:

I mean just look at what’s packed into this little computer that is no bigger than a pack of chewing gum or a USB stick!

- 700MHz ARM11
- 256MB of SDRAM
- OpenGL ES 2.0
- 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
- Composite and HDMI video output
- USB 2.0
- SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
- General-purpose I/O
- Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)

With all this, what else do you need to make your very own terminator…

Here is a good resource video with lots of helpful links in the video description:

I guess you would need the generative titanium and the living tissue colonies etc. but that’s besides the point. The tools are there to make just about anything and it fit in the palm of your hand. Plus when you add the additional open source software, you have an arsenal of tools that is unmatched aka hackarsenal…

Sooner than later, you will be able to build your own mini helper:

Or just buy one for your self and then customize it:

I predict that by next year this time, we will have fully functional personal computers the size of your cellphone that you can carry around everywhere like a laptop, but pocket sized.

Elections 2008 – Political Media Strategy for 2012

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

I wrote this paper for a class in 2008 and thought it would be nice to post on my blog since I have not been posting as much as I would like. Keep in mind that this paper was written in 2008 and much has change in the Metaverse, Also I have added images for those who like to see pretty pictures in articles ;) The “Cloud” has exponentially become more complex, yet easier to understand with the addition of a very simple variable; Location.

Location based technologies such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Facebook and Google will become very important as we move closer to 2012. The other important variable that is not as prominent today as it will be tomorrow is semantic data gathering and accessing. With that said, here is the paper I wrote right after Obama’s win in 2008.

NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)
Class: Elections 2008
Professor: Clay Shirky
Author: Oscar G. Torres

Political Media Strategy for Elections of 2012
November 14, 2008

The Presidential elections of 2008, was the culmination of a major shift in political campaign strategies in the United States. How did a democratic “underdog” gain steam and come in as the leading candidate in the general election of 2008?

The Republican Party is scratching their head wondering how John McCain lost the election. They will look back at the campaign trails and realize that they lacked a very important element that proved to be a vital player in gaining people’s vote. The Republican Party did not embrace amateur political campaigns and their effect on the general population.

Amateur political media is not a new concept in the campaign process. Picket signs, homemade t-shirts, printing newsletters or flyers with personal printers are all examples of media created by “average Joes” in the past. In the election of 2008 we saw a new and powerful medium take center stage. This new medium is not your traditional broadcasting system, its actually more that just a way to send messages to a large audience. Social media is the new player in politics and quickly became a major component in winning the trust of people. What makes a “YouTube” video different than a hand drawn sign, a flyer or t-shirt? The answer lies in the comment section of web sites like YouTube, Facebook and the thousands of blogs out there.

“5th Grade Reporter Interviews Vice-President Joe Biden” by CanalPointKECTV is a video where, as the title describes, a 5th grade kid interviews the Vice-Presidential candidate. Normally a traditional broadcasted video would be seen and probably talked about by people and their close friends, perhaps some co-workers as well. The conversation has now moved to YouTube where viewers have the ability to leave a comment on videos or respond to someone else’s comment. A new form of communication has been set in place. Since these web videos can be seen any time and anywhere (with internet access), it makes it convenient for a person to access them and add their thoughts.

The comments left on the specific videos are a rich source of information about people’s thoughts and intentions. You can even see the commenter’s profile and content they have personally contributed, videos they liked/ added as their favorite, and comments others made about the particular person. With all this data you can make pretty good assumption about the person or “user’s” state of mind and can make educated guesses about what their position will be when they are standing inside the voting booth.

Blogs are another form of communication that is making an impact on the campaigns of potential candidates. People can write articles for or against candidates. Those articles are then available for anyone to find, via search engine, email1311 link and/or word of mouth. A group of videos, images and links can form a pretty good argument about why someone should favor a particular candidate. Although blogs are not as popular as other news sources or publications, they reach a niche audience that has potential to be influenced by the content. Blogs are part of the new digital landscape that needs to be considered when running a campaign. Blogs and video content are being viewed in increasing numbers through the use of new devices such as cell phones and iPods. The ability to carry around the information with you has enabled people to scrutinize the data being viewed during their commute, lunch break or random times that lend themselves to a quick browse at the web content. The question is weather this information can be used to sway people to choose differently. And the answer, as we have seen from Obama’s campaign results, is yes.

Mobile communication will become major contributor to media distribution to the masses. Cell phones have become a hub that allows people not only to view web data, but also to contribute data to the “cloud”. Minutes after the announcement of Obama’s projected win, a mass celebration was captured and shared via mobile phone by my close circle of friends. I received text messages accompanied by cell phone pictures and videos from fiends at various locations such as Fort Green-Brooklyn, Times Square, Union Square and even California. Everyone was cheering physically and virtually as they posted images to and along with status updates to twitter and Facebook.

Sharing real time events is becoming a very popular trend. On the morning of November 4, as I was just beginning to undergo my morning routine, I received a text message with an image from a friend. The text read “yay!” and the picture was a voting booth. Although it is illegal in some states to take pictures of the voting booth when you are voting, there is no way so far to enforce this rule and prevent people from doing it. The result is people disregarding the rules out of excitement in most cases. If the uploading of data is happening while or with-in seconds of voting, what is happening while people are waiting in line to the voting booth?

They are uploading information to the web, downloading information or having conversations with others. This precious time is vital if you want to make a difference on the result. And the only way to get there is through the use of mobile technology.

Advice for the new presidential candidates is very simple, put together a teams of individuals whose sole task is to monitor and respond to amateur media content. These two groups of people should have access to technology that will allow them to listen to a large amount of data sources at the same time and quickly formulate a response to counter any attacks and to praise compliments. This system should automatically highlight and arrange content by subject, popularity and by the size, type and location of the group generating the content. An example of this can be an application that can scrape the information on major social sites such as YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc. that can then analyze and organize the content by a list of desired variables. The application should look for information revolving around key words, such as the candidate’s name and topics in his/her agenda. Data that matches the key words can then be organized by popularity, relevance, time, location, network, etc. as well as the time it was added to the web site or origin. Perhaps image analysis can be done to the thumbnails or images associated with the data. This way in YouTube’s case, you can consolidate redundant content and group content that indicates similarities among image content. This algorithm would allow the identification of a popular piece of media that exists in various contexts and who’s meaning may be different according to the context it is presented. One example of a media that is placed out of context to incite different messages is a YouTube video titled “Obama Youth – Junior Fraternity”.

A second strategy is to crowd-source the gathering of data revolving the candidate. Getting supporters involved in the acquisition, contribution and distribution of information that benefits the candidate is very important because the people that find the information can make it more semantic to the presidential campaign context. If there is a system that allows the general public to easily share information they stumble upon, with their favored candidate’s party, it will dramatically increase the awareness of the candidate about their campaign. This will allow for better decision-making on the direction of particular parts of the campaign. This system could take form in a website.

A web site that gathers data specific to a campaign and a candidate that is generated by people and allows everyone to see what others have contributed is a good experiment that has the potential to be a great source of information that affects the candidate’s campaign. The website should be set up to make it very easy for users to upload data, such as, images, videos, links, audio and text data. It is also very important to have a tagging system that will put all the data into context. The website’s database should be set up to allow information to be added via mobil phone, email1311, or text message. This way there can be supporting software that makes the process easy for anyone to use. All the information that is tagged, as it is gathered in a database, can then be accessed, processed and displayed in a comprehensive way that lists the information in order of importance to the candidate.

My main advice for the candidates of 2012 is to crowd source as much of the campaign as possible. Empower people to help you gain aware of what they are experiencing in their worlds. The substantial increase of digital media generation and distribution is too large for a candidate’s personal team to analyze all the data that is circulating the web. So why not lean on your supporters to be your eyes, ears and brains to help you analyze the data and report their findings back to you, free of charge. This awareness will allow your team to formulate a strategic response that will steer the votes in your direction and preventing an underdog to trample all over you. Unless of course that underdog has a better system to identify with everyone and gain trust, in which case no digital technology will be
able to help.

Who Cares About Twitter

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

A lot of people still have question about how or why web sites like Twitter are valuable. Why would anyone care? I guess the simple answer is that people do care. They care about other people and about random things that is hard for anyone to predict. I may not care about cats but I may care about kittens, which is indeed a cat but not really. So is that it, twitter is important because people talk about things that we care about? No, that is not why. Twitter is important because it is a tool, a tool that we (anyone) can use to figure out what people are talking about, doing, interested in, etc.

With that in mind, lets take a look at some interesting Twitter integration.

I recently saw this awesome example of a twitter search and visualization. Its a literal representation of Clay Shirky’s book titled “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations”

The web site allows you to see what people are saying in a new context. A cartoon animated world where clusters of people march and display their tweet. So this is a new step of group awareness and the advancement for collective action.

Its not hard to see the value of these technologies once you see them working in front of you. It would be awesome if more companies had these tools. Well maybe we will not have to wait too long. Currently, most major web sites have released their APIs which allows people to use the data and functions that the web tools offer. It allows for companies an organizations to get creative in very unique ways. Lets look at the Grammys for instance. Would Lady Gaga be interested in what people think about her?
Maybe not, but her agent sure does. Not only her agent, but other fans care as well. And who cares about fans more than the agents? Organizations like the Grammys, so let them come up with a nice visualization tool to allow people to see what everyone else thinks about a specific artist. This is a group of people being aware of their collective thoughts, actions, intentions and even feelings. is a venue that allows people to explore what other people think of a specific artist in real time.

As it can be seen from the example above, this information can be very confusing, but beautiful at the same time. So how do we make sense of all this information. The more information we have the more confusing things get. If you have tried to organize a group of people to do something, you may have already found out that each additional group member exponentially increases the complexity of the organization process. So what do you do when you are trying to get data from every single web site that has data available for you to digest? How do you make sense of Google Zeitgeist, Yahoo Buzz, Trend feeds, Twitter, Etc? Your traditional Pie chart or line graph is not enough. You will easily go from a nice little graph:

to something that looks like a barf from a computer:

The goal is not just to show data. It is to visualize data in a comprehensive way. To accomplish this task you come up with tools to sort data for you. Maybe tools like Zoe Fraade-Blanar’s “Current” tool which organizes data into digestible visuals.

You can also use other tools like Circos which looks,
like pac man on < insert drug name here .>

Going back to Twitter; Who really cares about twitter and its potential? People who want to know a little more about everything. The new question is: how are individuals going to be able to digest 4 years of information (twitter was launched in 2006) submitted by the masses?

Soon, we will all be walking data generators and we will have apps that give us summaries of what all our actions meant. This is not too far fetched if you look at projects like Nike Plus. And people have already started looking at ways to visualize life in general like Nicholas Felton who likes to map and visualize the data he collects in his every day life:

The New Typography.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

When technology advances, art follows. Typography has been an art form that is in constant flux due to new advances in technology.

Whenever a new technology becomes available, type forms change to accommodate the technology. We began to see this in woodtype prints and leterpress machines where individual letters would be placed next to each other to form words.

Offset printing and Digital printing followed which made the whole process a lot more efficient and less time consuming.

The age of the computer lead to an explosion of typefaces including some that did not follow the traditional type design and some that adjusted to the new technology.

Mobile phones and laptops lead to a need for type that would be clearly displayed on the low resolutions screens. The solution was pixel typefaces.

The evolution of type took a turn to the opposite direction due to a desire to have more organic and expressive design in typefaces.

Sagmeister is one of many designers who began to experiment with type in unique ways.

In a way Sagmeister consciously rejected technology. Other artists and designers decided to embrace technology.

I few months back I wrote about Bio Art and since, I have seen many projects that could be added to the genera. A project that I find to be in the fore front of innovation came in the simple form of a magazine cover.

The cover of May’s edition of Creative Review is the letter “A” with what seems like a cool Photoshop effect. If you take a closer look, you will notice that it is actually a microscopic photograph of the letter etch in a metallic surface; which happens to be aluminum.

The beautiful images of the type where generated by the collaboration of Craig Ward and Frank Conrad.
Mr. Ward initially experimented with different materials such as plastics and various types of molds that would eventually serve as skeletons for pollen cells to grow.

The result is unique imagery that was created by experimenting with materials, technology and cellular forms to generate art.

As we keep innovating and technology become more accessible by artists and designers we will see more projects like these. We can even predict that one day we will even have robots that specialize in the display of type… oh wait, such a robot exists already thanks to fellow ITPer Rob Seward.

Four Letter Words from Rob Seward on Vimeo.

Technology has shifted the way that art and design are viewed. Creativity comes from new inspirations and we can expect to see more appropriation of these breakthroughs into our everyday life.

Who cares about what you think.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Last week I conducted a mini experiment on the NYU social network.
I wanted to see how much traffic I could drive to my site by writing about Clay Shirky’s rant about women. It was not a very strong argument, but it was one that was aimed at opposing Clay’s point (which I am apposed to, but normally would never write about). The variable in question (which I actually learned about in Clay’s class); the piggy back effect in youtube videos. I was testing this effect with blog content.

From this post I was expecting to draw at least 30% more traffic just by piggybacking from Clay’s popularity. Which is a little more than 45 hundred site hits a day.

Its been six days since I wrote a response to his post and noticed a 15% increase in traffic to my blog which was not anything impressive. I assumed that it was all traffic relating to the post, to my surprise I took a look at the my web site page views and as it turns out, my Shakespeare sonnet post got (which I spent no energy on creating) got the same amount of hits! This came as a surprise to me.

Pie chart

So what did cause the increase in traffic to my site? A combination of interest in my Art Robotica Project, and Damien Hirst from a global audience. 25% of my viewers are from other countries. That’s around 200 people a day. Which is pretty interesting.

As you can see, the piggy back effect did not work. The person I targeted to piggy back from, gained my site very small traffic results. What can be said about this experiment, that people actually care about context. A rant is mere thoughts by a person that don’t have heavy research behind them. This is a very good way to start a dialogue. Playing devils advocate is a good past time of Clay’s he mainly does this to make points or in this case, agitate people enough to begin a discussion. The rant was crafted in such a way that he was instigating a group enough to get a response. And the results, although his web traffic does not reflect the effect, where successful. 415 responses out of roughly 4,500 viewers, that’s roughly 10% participation rate! Very good results in my opinion.

“Hitler Finds Out Scott Brown Won Massachusetts Senate Seat” the most popular youtube video this week has around 2.4 million views and around 10 thousand comments. That’s around .00416% participation.

Even though my blog is linked from Clay’s blog via the site “Responses.” The amount of people that actually cared about my point of view towards Clay are less that those who care about my point of view towards the arts and artists. This was good experiment to find out who is actually ready my blog. It seems that people interested in art are reading this right now =)

I guess an other interesting thing a lot of people are starting to realize, is how to make use of the data available on the web. It took me a total of 10 minutes to do all this research and about 30 minutes to write this post. The mount of information available on the web is incredible. If 10 years ago, you asked the Author of a book, how many people bought and/or read their book that same day, they would laugh. Daily information was not available on things like that for people like Authors. If you asked them to publish an article in one hour so that 100 people around the world can see it with in minutes of publishing, it would probably seem like an impossible task.

Green Vs. Sustainable, Round 1

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

What is the difference between “Green” and “Sustainable” Products?

Well its pretty simple, Green is like the cool thing you can buy at the supermarket and Sustainable its like the thing you make with your own sweat and blood. Well maybe i’m being a little dramatic but you may begin to get the idea.

Sustainability implies a system that fits in comfotably with other systems and has very little or no disruption to the other systems. Lets take the Making of a piece of bread. Like a nice loaf of home made bread.

Well if you’re lucky and you may manage to make it will look like this:

To make the bread you will have to do the following. Find wheat, dry it, grind it to make flour. Get some eggs from a chicken, milk a cow to get milk, and this is the part where your recipe becomes modernized; baking soda. if you want fluffy bread you need to use baking soda. Now if you where McGuiver you know that you can easily replace baking soda with Natron and vinegar or lemon juice. But if you are not up to the challenge of finding a dried up lake and finding these dried up crystals, you may be forced to go to your local shop and… buy it.

So here are things that have affected us in a very dramatic way, the ability to know where in the heck these things we buy come from or are made. And here lies the problem for the difference in the things we consume. If you manage to get Natron by going to the lake and finding it and adding it to your mix, then you are on your way to making sustainable bread. Now here is an other tricky part; the baking of your dough. How do you bake something when you have no stove? Well you make a little outdoor brick oven! Its pretty simple, I remember making one when I was 8 years old that lasted about a year. It was made from medium size rocks that I found by the river and some mud/clay. You just stack them in consecutive circles on top of each other till you get a little dome looking thing like this one made by my Grandpa after mine fell apart.

So once you have your little brick/stone oven ready you get some wood and make a fire inside it to heat it up. eventually the wood burns out and all you have left are hot coals. this it the perfect time to use a stick or something to move the coals to the sides and then put your dough in the middle. after 20-30 minutes of baking plus the amount of time it took you to gather the ingredients and make your little oven, you will have delicious bread.

Now this system is pretty sustainable since you took things that will naturally replenish them selves. and you did not harm any systems to get and make your food.

If you don’t want to make your own oven, then you can… buy one at the local Sears, Home Depot or which ever store’s branding you find more appealing. This decision is where your bread becomes a little corrupt. A stove is not just found in nature. They need to be fabricated packaged and transported to a market place. This whole process takes a big toll on the environment, because unlike you and I who actually care about the periphery of the places we live, corporations don’t really care about the periphery of the area around their factories. The workers on the factory may care a little, but they have very little say on the matter because this is the way the industry works. So what ends up happening, a tremendous amount of energy needs to be used to make all of the parts that are needed to make this thing function, not to mention that an infrastructure to get the Natural Gas to your home needs to occur and then some company needs to dig out the Gas and pump it to your house.

Now there has been debates about what is more sustainable burning wood or natural gas, so lets say we omit this step into the making of our bread and say “maybe our new system is not so bad” well… lets just say its not.

So lets say you had to use the cheap baking soda, and maybe your milk was not from a cow you happened to have in the back yard. Maybe you went to the supermarket and got “Organic” Milk and “Organic” eggs. This is ok too, just make sure that your products are Certified Organic, otherwise you may be getting products that harm the environment and there fore are not sustainable. What about the baking soda, maybe you want to be fancy and use baking powder.

This simple decision just added a bunch of CO2 and has given a tiny bit of power to oil producing countries. Why because in order make the baking powder in mass quantities, package it, brand it and distribute it you just contributed to a new system that harms the environment ( wait, so what about the stove? uh, oh.) So your home baked bread is now a little less sustainable. But its still Green. So lets say you did not get Organic Certified products, you got your generic milk and eggs and flour, well you just contributed to animal cruelty, and more unsustainable systems and food production.

So now your bread seems a little less appealing, but its still Green because you made it your self, and that is a big plus. If you had not made that bread on your own, now you have to add an other system of mass production to the bread you buy.

Even if someone claims the bread is Organic, the systems that it took to get that bread to your table will already have spent massive amounts of energy, polluted the environment and no one knows about it because who cares… So this is probably why you have never seen “Green” bread or “Sustainable” Bread, because its almost impossible to have checks and balances for all the systems that go into bread production. So if you see a sustainable bread in your local market, you may want to laugh, unless you know the name of the guy that made the bread and he knows the name of the guys (and wife maybe children) who got the other ingredients, and they all used bicycles or horses to transport their products. With that in mind, lets think about that Green vs. Sustainability thing again. What we are really talking about is A. Energy Efficiency and B. Disruption of natural systems, like eco-systems.

How can we make a difference, it seems we are screwed. The only way that we can make a difference, is to get products from the sources that seem the least harmful (choose the better of the evils), in other words lets collectively use our power to get rid of bad systems. On that note, WTF is wrong with companies!
Seriously, a bike with a battery being labeled green!

Think about the impact of bread and multiply it by 100 and then you will get the harm being made by the production of these “green’ Bikes. I mean look at all the crap you have to manufacture for these things.

So I hope that made you think a little about the word Green. now the real way to go is with a Sustainable bike, made from sustainable things. A good alternative is the Bamboo Bike. Bamboo= !!! <3 <3 =)

Check these babies out:

there is even a tutorial online to make your own. Kinda like making your own bread.

now this prototype may still need work to be fully sustainable, but its a great start. So shame on green washing companies. “green” bike, LOL.


I am not encouraging you to “buy” sustainable products or to “buy” anything at all! I’m encouraging you to see what stuff you can deal with out (story of stuff), and what things you should make on your own(how stuff is made). Instead of recycling that glass container, see if you can re-use it. Also it is good to tell your friends to not buy stupid stuff too. Like jeans that tell you to be stupid. Its time to be smart and its time to make sure that the people around us get smart too.

The problem is Cultural. Lets try to make our culture, the human culture better.

Don’t Be Stupid like Deisel:

This is an interesting post on livestock:

The Power of Image Association

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Technology has Allowed us to take video at very high speeds which open up a new world of events that where never seen before. For instance, this video compilation of bullets colliding with various materials, recorded by a camera at a claimed 1 million frames per second.

Ok so now that you have this new awesome technology what are you going to do with it? Research and Art!

this is a commercial that I though was really well done:

This is a web site with more samples of slow motion work:

Photoshop Tools

Saturday, August 29th, 2009


Want to be a photoshop master? You too can learn how to make cool graphics and manipulate images to your ideal composition. Here are some web sites that show your how to use photoshop like the pros!

Initial Thesis Concepts

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Solar Rail system for a train was a concept that I wanted to develop for thesis, but after thinking about the scope and time line of the project, it became cleat that I was being to ambitious. Getting a working prototype will require a little more time and research. The basic idea was to make a network of solar modules that collect energy onto giant capacitors or batteries or some other form of energy storage. The energy would remain stored until the train physically touched the module and began to drain the energy. The result will be a train that gets propelled by an impulse system. This is a rendering of a section of the rail:


An other idea I had was a little rover similar to the Mars Rovers that NASA used to explore Mars. The rovers I wanted to create would communicate with a wireless WIFI connection and be controlled remotely via a browser interface or mobile interface. The drawback from this idea is that there is a similar bot in existence called the rovio so this deterred me from going on this direction. These are the initial sketches:


The next idea I have in mind is to expand on the concept of a painting machine. Last year I made Jackoon the painting Robot. Since that project worked so well, I will be adding to it and making painting bots that are more flexible and can work together to make a painting. This is a quick sketch of the bot:


This is a rendering of what I think the bot will look like:


I will be writing more about the ArtBots soon, once I can wrap my head around what I really want out of these artists.