08/19/16

Sound responsive LED baseball cap

Flash Hat DemoThis is my first foray into wearable electronics. It is a sound activated hat. There is a microphone below the bill of the hat that picks up the voice of the wearer as well as ambient noise. The sound is converted to light using a small board sewn into the back of the hat. The light patterns in the animated image to the left are random flashes triggered by sound. The intensity of each flash varies with sound level. Continue reading

11/23/15

Three days – 4,000 Years

Stolen Years

The statistics on gun violence in this country are heart breaking. Guns killed 11,419 people in 2013. This represents a loss of over 500,000 years of life. Unfortunately, the rate of gun violence continues unchecked. This topic never loses its timeliness. Three Days – 4,000 Years is an adaptation of the powerful U.S. Gun Deaths visualization the data design firm Periscopic created a few years ago in response to the school shooting in Newtown CT. Continue reading

10/30/15

Elevation map of sea surface temperature shows Gulf Stream

Here is ansnapshot00other 3D map. This one shows differences in sea surface temperature (SST) along the East Coast of the U.S. The elevation differences highlights the Gulf Stream, a surface current that flows north along the western edge of the North Atlantic, transporting warm water northward from the tropics.

 

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09/1/15

Napoleon’s march in 3d

minard1xI’ve been thinking about creating a 3D model of Minard’s famous chart depicting Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia for quite a while. I finally gave it a shot over the weekend.

I could not be happier with the results. The first person I showed the model to said that she never really understood what Minard’s chart was showing until she saw it in 3D. Continue reading

08/31/15

More Wave Interferences Models

DSC_0078 The wave interference models I shared a few months ago followed two dimensional waves over time. (x and z axes represented space and the y axis represented time. As an extension of this work, I’ve started creating models of interaction patterns formed by circular waves.

The models in this post are snapshots showing interaction pattern formed by two longitudinal waves propagating over time.

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07/21/15

Three Mugs

Physical representationoneMugs of information can help people make emotional connections with the patterns and relationships contained in data. One way to create that emotional connection is to relate information to sizes and shapes people are familiar with from everyday life. Continue reading

06/30/15

Physical representation of a record breaking month of rain

AHPSMaypptdiffAccording to NOAA, this past May was the wettest month on record for the the US. The distribution of rain was not uniform. Parts of the central US received 2 to 3 times as much rain as usual while precipitation on the most of the East and West coasts was below average. Continue reading