Bonsai: The Internet’s Academic Advisor

Bonsai helps learners to discover, collect and share educational content.

Using a bookmarklet system and playlists of content called collections, a learner can organize lessons and examples for themselves while directing the community to these quality resources as well.

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Happy Pet

Happy Pet is an interactive box and web app that serves as a communication system between a caged pet and a busy human.

The system tracks chores like feeding, cleaning, giving water, and playing, then personifies the crab’s emotions as the quality of care changes. The human presses a button when they perform a care taking task, and can check their pet’s happiness level on a mobile website. 
Unlike calorie and chore tracking apps, happy pet can only be updated when the user is near the pets cage. (No cheating, no forgetting) The user receives positive reinforcement by seeing their pet smile. The caged pet gains the opportunity to reach out and ask for the things that he needs.

Happy Pet helps owners of caged animals visualize the pet's happiness by monitoring their care-taking actions.

Everything: A Light Up Pop Up Book

Explore evolution from nothing to infinite imagination.

I am always thinking about the universe – how it came to be and the power that it holds. I combined my love for working with paper with my newfound skill of basic circuitry to design this light-up pop-up book. I wrote a poem to express my thoughts and illustrated each page with an illuminated paper sculpture.

——— Experience an interactive view of the book here. ———

BEFORE TIME AND SPACE THERE WAS ONLY POSSIBILITY
INFINITE NOTHING BECAME EVERYTHING
PATTERNS RESONATED INTO EXISTENCE
THEN COMBINED INTO CONSCIOUSNESS
CAPABLE OF IMAGINING
INFINITE POSSIBILITY

 

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Tune Taps

—– In collaboration with Mike Milazzo —–

Tune Taps are a tool for tap dancers to create any sound imaginable.

Mike and I are both dancers, and we found that we had the same dream: to make music with our feet. I’ve been a tap dancer my whole life and expanding the sound of a tap shoe from metal to anything a midi program can play was a challenge I couldn’t wait to undertake.  We created TuneTaps, a system that senses our feet in the place of normal tap shoes but communicates with the computer to play the sound.

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Our first working prototype, more video to come:

ColorPlay

—– In collaboration with Louise Foo. —–

Color Play fosters synesthesia by translating color to sound.

Louise and I set out to explore the relationship between color and sound, and make something that would spark the same curiosity in others. After much research, we chose to map the 8 colors of the spectrum with the 8 notes of the major C scale. We decided to create a record player-like toy that would allow a user to compose sound by rearranging colored wedges. With extended play, the user begins to internalize this relationship and may experience mild synesthesia.