Andrew McWilliams

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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Future Visions for Human Interaction

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Over the course of an hour at ThoughtWorks last week Ken Perlin described a vision for the future of immersive human interaction.

It was rich and varied subject matter, and it drew a line from Ken's early inspirations right through current research and beyond.

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Sound Chamber (2013)

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In what ways can a human body control continuously-generated synthetic sound?

That's the question that drove Alex Hornbake and I to create Sound Chamber, an exploratory audio-visual installation presented at ThoughtWorks New York in 2013.

This project was one of the outcomes of Hardware Hack Lab, a co-working space for technologists and artists run every Wednesday here in New York.

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OpenBCI Hackathon at ThoughtWorks

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This weekend we held the first OpenBCI (Brain Computer Interface) hackathon at ThoughtWorks. We went from Saturday morning to Sunday night working on challenges of design, community, hardware and software.

Conor Russomanno gives a crash course in EEG
Conor Russomanno gives a crash course in EEG at the hackathon

We have been working with the OpenBCI guys since they started attending our weekly Hardware Hack Lab, also out of the ThoughtWorks New York office.

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Exploring Depth Video at CultureHub

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A short video of me speaking at CultureHub. If you are interested in the Volumetric Lab RGBDToolkit meetups, this is the kind of work we do:

The Volumetric Lab at CultureHub is an open source, member driven community dedicated to exploring 3D interactive software and hardware. Artists, innovators, and educators engage with interactive motion sensing technologies such as the Kinect and other depth sensing cameras to produce an array of research and experimental art projects.

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