This blog was originally published to haptx.com/telerobots. I witnessed history as my colleagues collaborated with a global engineering team to build a haptic telerobotic straight out of SciFi. It was an honor to tell this story: traveling to Tokyo to pitch our technology, capturing pictures and video, brainstorming demo content, writing our blog post, and successfully pitching our story to WIRED.
This week I’m heading to CES, the trade show featuring latest gadgets and gizmos galore. The expo will be chock-full of the latest in VR, AR, gaming, drones, and voice-assisted toilets.
While I look forward to seeing what CES has to offer, my technology wish for 2019 isn’t a piece of shiny new hardware. My hope for 2019 is that our leading technology companies communicate their practices and policies with more transparency.
Outside of experiencing HaptX Gloves first-hand, we’ve found that video is the best medium to communicate how they feel, what they enable, and why they’re special.
We didn’t expect producing this video would be such a fascinating undertaking. In this blog, we’ll take you behind the scenes of how we overcame unfamiliar software challenges, smashed UFOs in our office, demoed to celebrities, and edited together 62 seconds of footage that we’re proud of.
At HaptX, our team is celebrating a momentous 2017. We closed the year with a bang, retiring the AxonVR moniker in November and adopting a new name: HaptX. With this change came the reveal of our new product, HaptX Gloves, a set of haptic gloves capable of producing realistic touch feedback.
The best resolutions change our habits. Habits are the things we do by default without even thinking. They’re the patterns that shape our lives. Habits take time and repetition to form. If you develop a good habit by tackling a New Year’s resolution, you’ll be better off in the years ahead.
Inspired by avid readers like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, I set a goal of reading 50 books for 2017. I wound up reading 43. While I’m somewhat disappointed I didn’t make it to 50, I’m proud of the volume that I read and the habit that I formed.
AxonVR’s name change to HaptX coincides with the announcement of our first product: HaptX Gloves. You can see a prototype of them in this snazzy new video. The prototype delivers an amazing experience you need to feel to believe. We’ve shared the gloves with a lot of companies already, and we’re excited to demo the technology for more businesses to learn how they plan to use HaptX Gloves to reinvent work, training, and entertainment in virtual reality.
Given the talk about #fakenews, I've been thinking about Errol Morris' book Believing is Seeing. It's a brainy meditation on truth in photography. He spends the first third of the book analyzing Roger Fenton's photographs of the Crimean War. In particular, Morris dissects whether Fenton staged the cannonballs in The Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Three years ago, I created "This is not a video" as my final project for the "Leadership Through Story and Communities" course in UW's MCDM program. I delivered this essay as a written component of the project. I wrote it while I was still editing the video together.
Green Lake park is a go-to hangout for Seattleites in the summer. I live nearby and run the 3-mile loop around the lake most days. As I run, I crisscross my way through dog walkers, stroller pushers, and Frisbee throwers. This weekend, I dodged a new breed of Green Lake visitor: Pokémon GO players.
Virtual reality can intimidate newcomers. It’s advanced technology, and there are new announcements every day. The internet has mountains of information on VR, but it’s difficult to know where to start.
I know this because I’m a VR newb. It was only a year ago that I used an Oculus Rift for the first time. Since then, I’ve consumed everything VR-related that I can get my hands on.
In our first-ever recipe video, we give deviled eggs a Mustard and Co. makeover. Justin uses our Five Flavor Gift Set to create the ultimate deviled egg party platter.
These deviled eggs are a smashing success whenever we bring them to a friendly gathering. Guests sample each flavor and compare preferences. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but we’re partial to the Smoky BBQ.
When Mustard and Co entered the specialty food scene, we set our eyes to the coolest kids on the block. Who pulls out all the coolest moves? Who has the best parties? The largest group of friends? Yup, you guessed it - Portland’s Jacobsen Salt Co.
Every day, Seattle’s community of chefs, makers, and artists inspires Mustard and Co. Today we’re inspired by Seattle photographer Brittany Wright, whose compositions look equal parts gorgeous and delicious.
Brittany’s Instagram @WrightKitchen weaves her passion for high quality food with her brilliant eye for composition. She captures seasonal produce with an array of color, shape, and size. Wright fills her Instagram with a variety of edibles — tomatoes, chilis, or even macaroons. The result: an explosion of food.
It's hard to wrap my mind around our two week adventure through Morocco. We saw beauty everywhere - the medinas, the mountains, the desert, the ocean, and (above all) the people. We formed meaningful relationships with fellow travelers and with locals. It's like no other place I've visited, and I'm grateful for the journey.
Tonight marks our third week in Spain. Two more nights before we're on to Morocco. Assorted observations:
• Dudes wearing jean shorts everywhere. When did these become acceptable again?
• Spanish men, particularly older men, walk with one arm behind their backs. This looks classy, almost like a butler. Though from a distance, I sometimes mistake this arm positioning as an amputation below the elbow.
San Diego Comic-Con International is the pop culture Mecca. Each year, about 130,000 nerd-pilgrims attend to geek out on their favorite franchises. The entertainment industry seizes on Comic-Con as an opportunity to market to this core fan base, and build buzz for their upcoming releases.
I spent three days at this year's Comic-Con as part of an independent study project with Rob Salkowitz. The goals: to observe how the entertainment industry engages with its core fan base, to study how the biggest franchises leverage transmedia storytelling, and most importantly, to film interviews with comic industry professionals.
[Video] 3D printers are creative tools that have a wide use of applications: jewelry, appliance repair, even healthcare. But they also create a whole new platform for intellectual property infringement.
This video explores how intellectual property impacts the future of 3D printing.
Preface: I'm taking Rob Salkowitz's class, Visual Narrative and Communication: The Future of Entertainment at the UW. It's exciting stuff! I get to read and analyze comic books. My latest assignment is on My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. This is a class essay, but I think it's interesting stuff, so I'm posting it here. Let me know what you think!
It's compiled from 116 different photos, captured with a telephoto lens and stitched together using photoshop. My goal is to see how this photo-stitched skyline compares to an image created with a single photo through a wide angle lens.
This was published as a guest column for Flip the Media. You can see the original post here.
When Drew Keller challenged our CommLead storytelling intensive class last year to create a 2-3 minute documentary, Dartanion Londonimmediately came to mind. Dart is incredibly hard-working and super funny (which is important for a comedian). Above all, he takes risks to pursue his passion.