Twister is a final project for a kinetic sculpture class. In the project I mounted a tornado-like sculpture on top of a planetary gear, so that when powered the tornado spun about its own axis as well as the center of the base. The base is made of lasercut birch and the tornado has the armatures made of birch and a body made of woven caning.
A Physical Computing project in collaboration with Maggie Mathieu. I wrote a program using Python, and OpenCV that runs on a Raspberry Pi. The piece has a picamera in the mast and interprets directional motion into a direction the pen draws.
Charicaturist in Development
A Physical Computing project in collaboration with Maggie Mathieu. I wrote a program using Python, Open CV, and Arduino to filter arm movement and translate it to lighting progression.
Me playing with Say Hello
In the Summer of 2014, I won a research grant to work on autonomous obstacle avoidance for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Brown University's School of Engineering with Iris Bahar. I worked on mechanical issues at the beginning of the project so that the drone could fly, and switched to algorithmic research and system integration as the summer went on
Brown University's chapter of IEEE hosts an annual robotics Olympiad, which consists of designing and building an autonomous robot to solve a maze. In the Spring of 2015, four friends and I won the competition with our bot, D.A.C.H.S.H.U.N.D. or Derek, Adam, Charlie, Hong Jun, and Stewart's Hyper Unreal Navigation Drone. A common pitfall of these competitions at the collegiate level is building too big of a robot to reliably maneuver the maze without bumping into walls and getting caught on corners. To help keep the footprint of the bot down, I designed and lasercut the entire chassis to keep the necessary components tightly packed.
My first welding experience, Cowbell uses wind to push a propellor, which spins the gear system. The small gear on top provides a steady wood block beat as its pegs turn, while the bottom gear, which spins at half the speed, chimes a line of glass bottles.
A project for a Contemporary Architecture course, I chose to represent the Darcons Headquarters building in Chihuahua, Mexico in wood and acrylic paint.
A failed design in mechanical sculptural interaction. I wanted users to be able to put a hand under the beast and use four fingers to control the moth's wing segments. The segments are counterbalanced with their opposing segments. When a user depresses the loops below, the wing pieces should lift. Hand cutting various shapes led to slight imbalances, which grew into large imbalances when the wings started moving.
A project for a modern architecture course, I chose to represent a stark, modern building in Rome that is a monolith of travertine marble in the sole material of light wood. There is no glue or paint — only wood press fit into wood.
Often, breadboarded circuits can turn into confusing bird's nests of wire over buried ICs. In these various electrical designs, I've tried to keep the wiring neat, adhering to certain rules. I think they're pleasing to look at in addition to being functional.
A tribute to the characters of Joan Miró. I built an impossible to use ladder, a reference to the object in Carnival of Harlequin and decorated it with figures from various Miró paintings.