I’m really excited to make this announcement! We just clicked the “Launch” button on a shiny new Kickstarter campaign for the Vega Edge:
Angella Mackey and I have been scheming together about wearable electronics since we first started the Toronto Wearables Meetup together in February 2010. Since then Angella launched a fashion line (Vega) and I launched a lab (the Social Body Lab). In 2012 a research grant brought us back together (thanks Ontario!) and in the spring of 2013 we popped out a new prototype: the Vega Edge. Since then we’ve been dreaming, planning, and crunching numbers on how we could share the Edge with the world.
Enter Kickstarter! This campaign gives both you and us a chance to try this product on for size, to see how it behaves in real life, and to see whether and how we can make even more of them.
The Kickstarter page tells everything you need to know about the Edge and how it works. But beyond the details of the product itself, it’s worth knowing what it means to each of us personally. In our own ways we each believe that technology can be beautiful and that it’s important to achieve balance in the way that technology lives in our everyday lives. And the Edge is a little piece of that.
The campaign is now live and we’d love your help spreading the word. We’ve considered the numbers and have set the goal such that we will only produce 500 or more units. We know that’s a lot but we believe in it and want to run a considered, responsible campaign so we’re just going to try our darnedest and hope we hit the mark. Feel free to share the link below, tweet, Facebook, or shout it to the hills. Every little bit helps.
Here’s the link to the campaign:
Thanks in advance for your support!
Researched and written by my awesome Digital Futures students at OCAD University, the Innovator’s Guide is a creative nerd’s handbook to Toronto and New York, researched and written by the Digital Futures students at OCAD University. It’s a kind of Lonely Planet travel guide or a user’s manual for these cities, but for people who like to create and make and experiment with new media. It is meant for hackers, makers, researchers, artists, educators, and startup-ers. For each city, the book will contain around 10-15 longer feature articles and 30-40 shorter profiles of maker spaces, studios, coops, resource centres, and other cool things to do that people like us should know about.
With an expected release in May 2014, the Guide will be a cool pocket-sized book (6″ x 9″), perfect bound with a colour cover, a black and white interior, and a page count of between 70 and 100 pages.
To pre-order a copy and support the development process, check out the Indiegogo campaign. Campaign end February 21st.
I had two recent, lovely encounters with the CBC:
-An interview with former ITP Camper Dan Misener
-an interview with Nora Young at Spark
Some words from CBC:
SPARK | Mar 1, 2013 | 13:12
Google Glass is just the latest example of “wearable computing”, a concept that’s been around for quite a while but hasn’t exactly caught on. With big players like Google and Apple getting in on it now, will wearable computing finally make it to the mainstream? Nora heads to the Social Body Lab at OCAD University in Toronto to speak with artist and technologist Kate Hartman about the future of wearable computing.
Back in December I had the lovely opportunity to sit on a panel with Alex Leitch and Pearl Chen at the TIFF Nexus Women in Film, Games, and New Media Conference. Alex unpacked the wonders of DIY Fabrication while Pearl reminded us that code literacy will be one of the most important issues of this coming decade. You should watch their brilliant talks. Seriously.
And mine can be found here.
Botanicalls makes another appearance in the New York Times!
I love working with emerging technologies.But one of the problems you face in working with a medium that is constantly changing is that sooner than later your work ceases to be. It becomes outdated, falls apart, or the things necessary to maintain it become unavailable. While ideally I’d like to be a proper archivist of my own work, it’s just not something I’ve been able to maintain in the midst of my other activities. This is one reason among many that I am completely thrilled to announce that the Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture & Design Acquisition Committee has approved the addition of Botanicalls to the MoMA permanent collection!
This means that after the Talk to Me exhibition closes, Botanicalls will join the likes of Eames chairs the BIC pen, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Starry Night. It’s a huge honor and we’d like to thank the acquisition committee, as well as the many collaborators who have helped Botanicalls along the way, a few of whom include: Gabe Barcia-Colombo, Andrew Schneider, Limor Fried, Phil Torrone, Nathan Seidle, Jim Lindblom, Tom Igoe, Red Burns, Dan O’Sullivan, Danny Rozin, Clay Shirky, Josh London, Eric Beug, Jimmy Garver, K Otterness, JooYoun Paek, Chris Paretti, John Frazier and many others.
This is a project that has been underway since 2006 with 3 collaborators who have become some of my closest friends. Here’s some memories from along the way:
Last summer (while I was wearing my ITP Camp Director hat) John Dimatos & I were interview by Rick Karr about our beloved ITP/NYU for the new video series “NYC 2.0″.
Episode 3: “The Smartest Place on Earth”
ITP Classic starts at 15:15, ITP Camp at 20:30.