Concept: A Peer-Agent Teaching Tool to Support Social Learning and Play.
Design: Romibo is an effective low-cost robot designed for use in education and therapy with special needs populations. Academic and field research with clinicians and caregivers informed the development of Romibo. Interacting with 10,000+ children sine 2011.
Meet Romibo and friends today through Fine Art Miracles, Inc.
Role: Concept, Research, Design, Funding, Management, etc.
Tactile-audio wearable computer designed to allow hearing-impaired users to experience rich sound. 32 individually addressed motors translate sound to body regions allowing users to differentiate between songs.
Role: Concept, Design, Fabrication, Funding.
Fully functional devices persist in London, Toronto & San Francisco.
- SIGGRAPH CyberFashion, 2004
- International CES, Las Vegas, 2011
- Human+ Traveling Exhibit
A pinpoint point of view capturing of video feed corresponded to pupil movements. FPV captures a person's full field of vision and specific gaze-based intent to provide the user with intelligent cues and guidance, personal assistance, training, information or entertainment.
Where to Locate Wearable Displays? For a location to be truly useful, it needs to not only be accessible for interaction, socially acceptable, comfortable and sufficiently stable for electronics, but also effective at conveying information.This research evaluates reaction time performance to visual stimuli at seven different body locations. Results indicate numerous and statistically significant differences in the reaction time and performance characteristics, applicable to the design and placement of future wearable computing applications and systems.
Role: Research Coordinator.
Publication: Where to Locate Wearable Displays? Reaction Time Performance of Visual Alerts from Tip to Toe. In Proceedings of CHI 2009.
A peer-agent teaching tool and learning companion. Effectively model verbal skills, lengthen attention span, and encourage social behavior with an easy-to-use robot puppeteering platform. Designed to allow educators and therapists to easily create and share spoken phrases and scripts.
Role: From hand-cut cardboard to the hands of thousands of children and teachers around the world.
Shown: Process and development from 2010 to 2014.
Videos sources from those who have touched Romibo and those who are working with him today.
Thinking and doing meaningful things.
Curiosity, experience and imagination inspire the right questions. The things we have never seen can be more important than the ones we have.
We are not the user. Observe and capture the current state of the unknown world. Edge cases often reveal more than the target market. Why would they never use it? Capture that too.
Make it physically work. Use it. break it.
Build many more, better, faster, stronger...
Push the limits... but leave a working demo in the lab for pictures.