Anchorage, Babel in Reverse is a site-specific installation by artists Joseph Morris and Owen Trueblood in collaboration with the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA) that features the voices of hundreds of speakers of endangered languages spoken throughout the city of New York.
Using hanging electronic speakers, the artists will dedicate each speaker to a single audio recording of a language documented by the ELA. As people approach the installation, the sound is a whispering babel, with hundreds of recorded voices speaking hundreds of languages. However, as one walks beneath the speakers, the babel fades, and individual voices and languages are heard. As participants move through the installation, speakers sense their location, fading in and out to only play the audio of the speaker they stand beneath, allowing them to hear the voices of New Yorkers reciting stories, poems, and fables of languages we’re accustomed to hearing as well as the hundreds of voices that NYC is expected to lose in a generation or two.
Dates: Nov 2021 – Jan 2022
Spiro Wave Emergency Ventilator
Spiro Wave is a low-cost automatic resuscitator that helps hospitals expand their capacity to care for patients with critical ventilation needs. It is provided for use under FDA Emergency Use Authorization during the COVID-19 public health emergency; it is not FDA cleared or approved.
Here is a NY Times article on the project, and here are the project details on the 10XBeta website. There's another nice writeup at Fast Company as well.
My role: I led the team which developed the control system for the Spiro Wave.
Creative Technologist at 10XBeta
10XBeta leverages decades of design and development expertise to accelerate the framing of problems and validation of solutions in pursuit of creating tomorrow's products and experiences.
My role: I rapid-prototype electronics and write software to help bring projects off the ground as quickly as possible. Sometimes I lead teams that do the same.
Co-founder of Haploid
Haploid LLC is a robotics research studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard designing more expressive tools for creating by making traditional fabrication systems more human and direct. We collaborate with our clients to tailor the tools and approach that we have developed to their specific needs. Want to work with us? Please get in touch.
Lead Engineer, CIO at Artmatr
Artmatr is developing an array of technologies for painters to bring the potential of digital workflows into their physical craft.
My role: Initially the only full time engineer, I developed Artmatr's first hardware and software products. I worked closely with our painter clients to adapt the technology to their needs. Eventually I transitioned to leading our engineering team.
Research Assistant for Glass II Project in the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab
The goal of the project was to demonstrate a process for 3D printing glass on an architectural scale. Working on a very challenging timeline and against monumental technical and logistical challenges the team used the technology to 3D print three large columns which were exhibited at the 2017 Milan Triennale.
My role: I developed the electronics and control software for the light system inside the columns. Working on site in Milan, Italy I assisted with installation and provided technical support while developing the light performance with Neri Oxman and the rest of the team.
Embedded Engineering and Software Development at Tulip
Tulip is developing technology that manufacturers can use to track their operations and see ways to make them better.
My role: On the hardware team I wrote firmware, designed PCBs, created test systems, spelunked the depths of embedded Linux systems, remotely supported our hardware systems in the field, and occasionally crawled through crusty manufacturing equipment on the factory floor for research, deployment, and support.
Electronics Prototyping Consulting
The Wayband is a device worn around the wrist that uses haptic feedback and a phone's sensors to help guide blind people through the world. Here's a New York Times article from when the blind athlete Simon Wheatcroft ran the New York City Marathon using the device.
My role: Electronics prototyping, manufacturing, PCB design for beta units, firmware programming, and testing. Learned how to navigate Central Park while running and looking at a laptop.
Slow Dance by Wonder Machines
Slow Dance turns every day objects into slow motion sculptures. The person behind the product, Jeff Lieberman, has helped bring an incredible array of art and technology into the world. And he hosted a TV show called Time Warp on the Discovery Channel that I enjoyed as a kid :)
My role: Refreshing PCB design, manufacturing prototype electronics, and testing. I wrote the shipping firmware for the product.
The L3D Cube is an 8x8x8 RGB volumetric display with sound reactivity and network connectivity.
My role: I developed the first firmware library for the product and wrote some of the product demos used for marketing during its launch.
My role: I designed, fabricated, and tested several iterations of the synthesizer PCB based on Nick's visual design. And I assisted with firmware development.
Miscellaneous Rapid Prototypes