Andrew McWilliams

New Site for Hardware Hack Lab

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Our hack lab is a free space for artists, hackers and innovators. We meet weekly in Flatiron district and share our projects and interests. It's a great place to meet creative people, explore ideas and learn.

Hardware Hack Lab
A screenshot from hardwarehacklab.io

And now we have a new website - which you can check out at hardwarehacklab.io.

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Sound Control at Future Interfaces

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How does it feel to interact naturally with sound? Without touching anything physical?

I decided to experiment with the topic for NYC Media Lab's Future Interfaces, ran at Razorfish NYC last Tuesday. Natural User Interfaces (NUIs) have been getting a shot in the arm recently with Kinect V2, and the immediacy of the interaction is becoming really clear.

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John Cleese on Creativity

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This is a really well-crafted talk on creativity. In it, John Cleese cites academic research and his own personal experience to illustrate some very practical advice on how to become more creative.

John Cleese - Video Arts

I've been working recently on creating my own space/time oasis inspired by these ideas. To pay back a little I'd like to offer my notes as a quick-reference guide. I do this sometimes - it will give you a refresher on the talk without having to dive into a full transcript. Enjoy.

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Takeaways from Eyeo 2014

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Eyeo is a very different type of conference. From the ground up it's an energetic community of creative technologists of different stripes.

The opening night of Eyeo (Credit: Ben Lower)

To give you some idea how people feel about it, check out this tweet from Kate Crawford:

A tweet from Kate Crawford

There was a lot that went on that was great. I want to take a minute to draw out a few themes.

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Hardware Hacker Culture of New York

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My co-founder Kent Rahman and I kicked off the Hardware Hack Lab about six months ago now - and the energy just keeps building and building.

Those of us running the lab take our inspiration not from technology but from people and interactions. We believe that innovations gain most of their richness and momentum from the cultural context of their creation.

The lab yesterday evening
The scene at last week's lab

Therefore, our goal is to convene a regular meeting space of openness, breadth, and inquiry - and good times.

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