THESIS documentation 1

Mobile Platform for Classrooms A mobile device, software and curriculum for teaching. Description A mobile device based curriculum that will facilitate the teaching process and enrich the classroom environment.  An example class: Photography Each student has this mobile device that will be used to take and submit pictures during class, receive the professor’s assignments, comments, and grades as well as share the pictures and comments amongst each other.  The professor would have the “master” device that is capable of creating the assignments, sending them out, receive the pictures from the students, reply with voice recorded comments, and grade each student. … Continue reading “THESIS documentation 1”

Digital Imaging Reset

This is another class I am taking this semester where we learn how digital cameras work at the chip/sensor level in order to take better quality pictures and not destroy them in the process.The class is taught by Eric Rosenthal who has built cameras for NASA and DARPA!The first assignment was to read the basics about digital photography and cameras and take some photos exploring what we had learned from the reading. The most informative part of the reading for me was on the histograms – I never really learned how to read them. Now I think I understand. I shot … Continue reading “Digital Imaging Reset”

Time Vibrator contd.

Decided to go with a AA battery instead of the button battery on this version. The vibrator drains the button batteries very quickly and I couldn’t find a store that carried holders for them.So I attached the switch to the AA battery holder in order to have a morse-code like controller. Telling Time: Initially the device would only tell the only the hour but the Haptic Clock by Che-Wei Wang solves the problem by having the hours vibrations longer, and the minutes vibrations shorter. You also want to “compress” the minutes into chunks to facilitate the counting. So I decided … Continue reading “Time Vibrator contd.”

Time Vibrator

Here’s the first prototype of the Blind Man’s watch we have to design for “Designing for Constraints”.Using a vibrating motor and a small battery I was able to enclose them into a pill shaped plastic enclosure that came with my ear-phones. The switch is to manually activate the vibrating motor – eventually this would be replaced by a time circuitry that would vibrate the motor according to the time of day it was.

New Web Site!!

So my new site is up – probably still a lot of broken links and spelling errors – well – it’s a constant work in progress. Let me know what you think or if you find something “broken”. There are still some projects on the ITP section that I have to complete but for the most part it’s in place 🙂

Thesis – first entry

Here are my ideas for my thesis so far: Photography Class Platform A mobile device, software and curriculum for teaching photography.  Each student has this mobile device that will be used to take and submit pictures during class, receive the professor’s assignments, comments, and grades as well as share the pictures and comments amongst each other.  The professor would have the “master” device that is capable of creating the assignments, sending them out, receive the pictures from the students, reply with voice recorded comments, and grade each student.  This could potentially be done on a PC/Mac for convenience.  The devices … Continue reading “Thesis – first entry”

Designing For Contraints – first class

The idea of this class is to look at the constraints when designing a product, interface or device. Both external constraints such as time, users, costs, and complexity and internal constraints such as expertise, intention, and ability.  For next week we have to create a working prototype of a clock or watch for blind people. If less than half of the class is not able to tell time (does not have to be the actual time) from your device, you must redo it.  My initial idea, and the one I am going to develop, is a wristwatch that vibrates the … Continue reading “Designing For Contraints – first class”

Back in NY

So the holidays are over and I am back in NY. Great to be back and find everything in order and a not so cold weather! Sure – nothing compared to Miami but not bad at all! In Miami I worked on my website (coming very soon) and went cycling but one of the high points was going out sailing with Kim & friends:

New Year!

After a very quick but delightful visit to Brazil where I spent Christmas with my family, I came back to the US and went straight to Miami where I spent the new years with Raffa.We then splurged and went to Las Vegas for 4 days! What a crazy place – exaggeration is an understatement. Everything is VERY expensive and luscious.We did quite a few cool things:– Indy-style race car drive – cool but slow compared to what the car can do – it a 600hp car that reaches up the 220 mph – we went up to 150 mph – … Continue reading “New Year!”