From the ball pit to the near-space balloon to the Roamin’ Gnome that travels the world with me, check out photos from all my current projects!
I built an iPhone/iPod Touch app and companion app for the Pebble Watch (and Apple Watch coming soon) that works with a Google Cardboard headset to digitally enhance the sight of people who are visually impaired. My father is nearly blind and we were looking at a similar product by eSight, but they charge $15,000 USD for their headset. Frustrated by the ridiculous cost, I build my own using an iPod touch, Pebble Watch, and a headset, the total cost of which was about $400. The custom software will allow him to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and zoom from the iPhone/iPods camera using the watch as a control. These features can greatly improve what a person with severe visually disabilities are able to see and fraction of the cost.
I have an EPIC collection of ridiculous hats in my closet that I've accumulated over the years. And sadly, most of then never get worn (although to be honest, some should never see the light of day again). So this year I decided to bust out the best of them and wear a different hat every month - and of course take a terribly shameless selfie for each!
As part of the 2015 NASA SpaceApps Challenge, we interviewed a number of professional and amateur astronomers from around the world in order to identify the most prevailing problems and needs when acquiring timely notifications and data regarding transient astronomical events (supernovae, gamma and x-ray pulses from neutron stars and black holes, etc). Based on their feedback, we created a Feedly-like application that would allow astronomers to access and be alerted to up-to-date events from data sources that would normally have to be accessed manually via a web browser. Our demo included live data from the NASA CRTS survey and GCN network and included integration with the Pebble smartwatch.
After the success of last year's Portal Christmas Tree, which was originally inspired by Ryan Kelly's original tree on io9.com, I needed to one-up myself this year. And as luck would have it, one of my best friends just happened to move into the place directly below mine this year, so we had the perfect set-up for a one-of-a-kind CO-OP Portal Christmas tree setup.
This was inspired by Ryan Kelly’s amazing Portal Christmas Tree, which I read about last year on io9.com and agreed that it was, indeed, absolutely genius. So when my roommate told me she was going to toss out her old fake Christmas tree, I convinced her to let me create a Portal Tree of my own, but gave me only five days to do it before she tossed the tree off the balcony. As a result, the photos were kind of rushed during construction, but here it is!
Inspired by Ryan McFarlan's fantastic Instructible on how to create a wallet from an old computer keyboard, I added my own spin and created a credit card holder made from the same material. Being thin and durable, it makes for a interesting and practical way to carry your cards without a bulky wallet.
The hallway in our apartment has always been kind of creepy. It's long and narrow, the floor is uneven, and it's poorly lit. When we first moved in, the light flickered like something out of a horror movie. But by placing them end to end down the entire length of the hallway - on both sides of the hallway - we essentially open up our dark, narrow, and downright spooky hallway infinitely on either side, allowing light to bounce around more easily and light up the whole room.