Computer Science is the trade of the future, and Code Missouri is bringing the skills of that trade to rural schools. In urban centers like New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, schools are integrating computer-aided design, rapid prototyping, coding, and more into their curricula to prepare students for future industries. Code Missouri is not just focusing on the technical aspects of coding, but also on how to customize the curriculum to integrate local culture and engage students in new possibilities.Read More
Murrill Oakes is a prolific creative technologist and industrial designer currently developing modern home AV systems at OneButton, a technology design firm founded by a physicist and an artist, Matt Emmi and Michael Izatt. OneButton innovates new user interactions with automated home and commercial interior technologies.
Clever Tech Digest sat down with Oakes to discuss the new human-tech paradigm, and how to mindfully design the integration of our physical and emotional existence with the new digital world. Oakes explains the nuance of emotionally intelligent design, and its importance in the dawning age of automation, connection, and the "Internet of Things."Read More
Nadi X is activated yoga apparel that was designed with embedded electronics. Using vibrational feedback, the pants guide the wearer with the touch of a yoga instructor. “We believe technology should empower the human experience, not overtake it,” says Ben Moir, co-founder and CTO of Wearable X. “With Nadi X, the sleek design allows technology to seamlessly integrate with the tights, allowing the beauty and design to take center stage.”
Clever Tech Digest sat down with Olivia Burca, a garment engineer for Wearable X, to discuss the company’s take on wearable tech.Read More
As automation and robotics replace human labor, our education systems have to adapt. Collaborative and creative skills actually create more robust job security in this rapidly changing global economy. Instead of the ability to memorize and regurgitate information, lasting professional value derives from the capacity to generate new ideas and quickly adapt to new tools, personalities, and paradigms.
Clever Tech Digest sat down with Laura Bellmont, founder of The Little Animation School, to discuss the importance or art, play, and technology in children’s education. Her company brings professional filmmaking software and equipment to after school programs all over Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York. Making awesome animations may be students’ primary objective, but the school’s pedagogy focuses on using the filmmaking process as a vessel to study topics ranging from history, to biology, or even to space.
Read on to learn about Bellmont’s unique programming and her take on the next generation of education.Read More
Industrial design encompasses almost every product you touch, from the car you drive to the phone you use to the chair you are sitting in right now. If urban design defines the zoning of buildings and architecture shapes how those buildings look and function, then industrial design creates the objects that fill all of those spaces. Industrial Design inherently touches our economy and personal lives.
Clever Tech Digest sat down with Isis Shiffer, a young and acclaimed industrial designer who started her own design consultancy before the age of 30, to discuss how new, rapid prototyping and computer aided design tools are changing the way products are developed, manufactured, and distributed. Shiffer shares her point of view on the state of the industry.Read More
Celmatix is a women’s health company that uses genomics and big data to empower women to make more informed decisions about their reproductive health. Clever Tech had the opportunity to talk with Angie Lee, the Chief Product Officer at Celmatix. This groundbreaking company is changing our understanding of women’s health. During our interview, Lee spoke about the harmful disparity between women’s and men’s health and how technology and big data can bridge that gap. Angie is bringing humanity and technology together to empower women.
Read on to learn more about how big data is changing the world of medicine.Read More
Interview by Mikhal Weiner
Dana Bronfman makes jewelry that tells many stories - of the maker, the wearer, and an evolving, increasingly tech-influenced industry. “When I started [designing jewelry] I didn’t know anyone who had done this,” she says, “That’s part of the reason I didn’t go into it right away, I didn’t feel it was a realistic possibility.”
Coming from a socially conscious family, Bronfman travelled, working for various non-profits, but always found herself drawn to the jewelry of places she was visiting. “There are so many people, making these things that tell a story about culture. It’s a form of self expression.” This is more than adornment - the human connections that these artefacts represent fascinate her.Read More
Mischa Abakumova is an alumnus of Parson’s School of Design and Technology, a designer with a twist. On a recent, gray, autumn morning I sat down with her at a local cafe to hear about her relocation to NYC and her wide variety of projects - whether teaching kids creative tech and interactive design at Blink Blink, exploring how tech and dance can interact at Lehman College, or imagining futuristic objects with the Iyapo Repository. She’s also building a musical instrument that will record the pulse of the musician and use that along with other biological information to define a message characterized by pitch, timbre, and duration. With each of her answers, the day grew clearer and more inviting, until we hardly noticed the drizzling sky at all.
Read on to learn more about this high-tech Jane of All Trades!Read More
When Xiomara Lorenzo began designing her own jewelry a decade ago at Wesleyan University, she was interested in expressing an idea about the human experience - that we are all on a continuum, forever jumping off into new realms of self-discovery and definition. She had no idea that she would end up at the forefront of tech and design.
Today, Lorenzo is exploring ways that these two realms, seemingly at odds with one another, can in fact work in tandem to reach new heights that would otherwise be unattainable. Clever Tech Digest recently spoke with Lorenzo about how she stayed true to her own aesthetic of continuous flow while making her way from handmade wire earrings, through metallurgy, and into to 3-D printing her stunning pieces.Read More
Bravo Media's diverse exploration of interactive experiences keeps them on the cutting edge of multi-media production. Their capabilities include 2D and 3D motion graphics, projection mapping, interactive displays, custom social media content, animated explainers, large-format LED displays, video walls and virtual reality experiences on the Oculus Rift and other emerging VR platforms.
Clever Tech Digest sat down with David Title, Chief Engagement Officer of Bravo Media, to discuss the future of experiential media and how it may integrate into mainstream society. Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Projection Mapping have been around for a while, but are just now becoming affordable and advanced enough for the general populous to engage with these interactive technologies in their daily lives.Read More
Wisp is a breakthrough in wearable technology, the erotic industry, and women's sex lives! Using passive stimulus like smell and vibration, Wisp can be activated remotely with an app to trigger arousal for the user. The final product will look more like jewelry than technology, and hopes to increase healthy sexual intimacy between partners. Wan Tseng has been showing her work all over the world, representing design for women by women in a predominantly male industry. You can learn more about this innovative creative technologist on her website at http://wantseng.com/WispRead More
Creative Technologists must carry the heavy burden of how new user experiences and consumer technologies will shape future generations. Clever Tech Digest talks to Elaina Woods of NovaKitten about the potential social influence Virtual Reality can have in our lives.
NovaKitten Productions is an Austin based Virtual Reality and Film production company. Born out of a group of UT Austin Students, NovaKitten works on commercial and gaming VR projects, in addition to an array of other Film Projects. This small start up focuses on developing a fun learning-centric storytelling community and is pioneering immersive mediums and collaborative cross disciplinary projects.Read More
Together engineers, designers, content creators, and users drive the development of technology’s applications. Many of Virtual Reality’s (VR) early adopters and developers use the technology for gaming systems, but a new direction has emerged. VR has the power to unlock human capacity’s to share experiences remotely, revisit fond memories, and expand users’ perspectives.
Facet is a boutique virtual reality production company based in Austin and NYC. When they’re not developing immersive content for clients, the Facet team explores the balance between narrative and viewer autonomy in the VR experience. Nick Ramsay and Ivan Gabriel Ramirez, the cofounders of Facet, share their vision for VR’s future role in human life. By focusing on connecting VR to music and culture, Nick and Ivan bring a unique view to light on 360 video content. http://facetvr.com/Read More
Virtual Reality (VR) makes for fantastic immersive gaming, but also possesses the potential to disrupt the way we learn, socialize, and explore. With the help of Google Cardboard headsets and smart phones, a teacher can transport a classroom full of students to the inside of plant cell and view photosynthesis up close.
Facet is a boutique virtual reality production company based in Austin and NYC. When they’re not developing immersive content for clients, the Facet team explores the balance between narrative and viewer autonomy in the VR experience. Nick Ramsay and Ivan Gabriel Ramirez, the cofounders of Facet, share the nuances, strengths, and weaknesses of VR as a storytelling medium. http://facetvr.com/Read More
Electronic waste overflows in landfills all over the world, and many of the materials associated with this type of waste will take centuries to break down, if ever. Some components of computers are even toxic. Recycling has made an impact on global waste management, but society must think more resourcefully about items that cannot decompose and cannot be recycled. Upcycling and repurposing of electronic hardware represent an opportunity for both creative and industrial projects.
A great example of cleverly upcycling e-waste is the small, hip, record-cutting company Mobile Vinyl Recorders. MVR was lathe-cutting upcycled CDs with new tracks, live this year inside the Toyota Tent at AfroPunk Brooklyn 2016. This differs from burning CDs with tracks both in the physical process and in the outcome. These CDs can be played on a record player. Hipsters and tech enthusiasts alike watched as Mike Dixon of Mobile Vinyl Recorders gave new life to old objects, driven by a passion for music and a medium. Some of Mike Dixon’s other projects involve cutting records on materials like chocolate.Read More
A woman of many talents, Cindy Blias has brought fashionable fitness tracker accessories to the mainstream market. In 2014, she launched Funktional Wearables, a growing line of affordable on-trend jewelry pieces that conceal fitness trackers.
The blending of handmade and digital technologies is taking new and exciting turns through the world of 3D modeling and rapid prototyping processes. Avant- garde fashion designers like Iris Van Herpen Hussein Chayalan, and Anouk Wipprecht have blended high math algorithms with 3D printing and computing in combination with hand-crafted techniques to create outlandish poetic artifacts for the runway. Funktional Wearables makes a more accessible product with digital fabrication methods. According to Cindy,” Every piece of jewelry and the underlying tracking technology exists as a 3D model first. These are then paired with existing models of the trackers and various arm sizes to optimize fit, look and comfort.” Without such technologies the line may not have been able to expand so vastly so quickly, but rapid prototyping and design has changed the playing field for entrepreneurs and fashionistas alike.Read More