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Concept for Toc, a planning and design tool for artists

Category : Physical Computing · No Comments · by Feb 11th, 2015

toc_wire

Getting it Spinning: Grassroots Infrastructure

Category : Physical Computing · No Comments · by Oct 30th, 2014

Overview

I’ve started to see a trend in development projects. While it’s not the case for many initiatives in the developing world, more and more it seems that the goals of large-scale development is to just drop in the full-fledged, developed-world solution into communities in need. Sometimes this is necessary, as infrastructure like water systems can reduce sanitation issues extremely quickly, while requiring a centralized water purification system to make sense.

However, this is not a one-size-fits-all approach. As socially-minded entrepreneurs, our mission is not to make everyone live like we do in the United State. Our goal is to build stability, security, and opportunity into communities, and the ways opportunity appears in the developing world could look very different than it does in the west.

Put simply, development shouldn’t look the same everywhere. And organizations that do try to homogenize development do so by importing resources and ideas that may work, but they also may be importing more than just what they intend. Often, imported solutions can lead to foreign dependence on aid, foreign dependence on materials, a lack of local expertise or motivation to build local expertise, and a number of opportunities for corruption, since often foreign solutions require powerful middlemen to transfer the resources and knowledge to the communities in need.

What does it look like to kickstart long-term development without just importing our established solutions, and the problems that come with them?

Pocket Watch

Category : Physical Computing · No Comments · by Sep 30th, 2014

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Hm18NcCsfa0xasdI1-HfuASQyPAJyrwP2uZ4NONsWm0/edit?usp=sharing

A Java ME App That Sends Text Messages

Category : Physical Computing, Towers of Power · No Comments · by Apr 11th, 2014
A Java ME App That Sends Text Messages

Overview For my Towers of Power class I was hoping I could create a version of Library For All on…

Energy For All

Category : Energy, Physical Computing · No Comments · by Apr 7th, 2014
Energy For All

Outside of school I work as the CTO for Library For All, which is working to bring a digital library…

Surface Mounts

Category : Physical Computing · No Comments · by Feb 28th, 2014
Surface Mounts

Working Light Theremin

Category : Physical Computing · No Comments · by Feb 18th, 2014

Etching!

Category : Physical Computing · No Comments · by Feb 17th, 2014
Etching!

I etched my first real PCB today using ferric chloride. I used the toner transfer process, check out the result:

Learning Circuit Design Lesson #1: A Light Theremin

Category : Physical Computing · No Comments · by Feb 3rd, 2014
Learning Circuit Design Lesson #1: A Light Theremin

  I’m learning Eagle so I’ll be posting a bunch of stuff regarding that. Overall I really like to the…

AnaLuma

Category : AnaLuma, Physical Computing · No Comments · by Dec 31st, 2013