[Data] Observing data with R

I’ve been observing data via Excel and MySQL databases, which isn’t ideal, so R was a nice breath of fresh air. The dataset I’m most familiar with is my NHL Draft database, so I pushed it into R to see what I could do with it. The first thing I did was look to test […]

Processing Android with Ushahidi

For my project, Nestless, I used Processing Android to create a front-end interface to interact with Ushahidi. Now, there are several reasons why this is advantageous: 1. Processing Android allows for unique interfaces that are entirely customizable, which can be crucial when designing a UI that best fits certain projects. For example, in my app, […]

[Nestless] A mobile app to help homeless

[Nestless] A mobile app to help homeless

UPDATE: The project is in testing. Please visit NestlessNYC.com for more info. —— UPDATE: A lot of people are stumbling onto this blog post and asking about the future of this app. Well here’s the update: I’m working hard to consult with people to design a working system. In addition, the technical side of things […]

Hanging a bed net [UNICEF]

Hanging a bed net [UNICEF]

OK, so hanging a bed net ia a pain in the behind. Why? Let’s go through the steps. First of all, it asks you to air out your net for a day. But in New York City, that’s pretty much impossible. I’m guessing that’s about the only advantage Northern Ugandans have in terms of installing […]

Mobile Infrared Fighter

Mobile Infrared Fighter

I’ve been working with the Kinect’s 3D sensing technology and realizing the immense power it could have on surveillance. In fact, infrared in general is a touchy subject because, I think, it offers cameras a view of the world that humans cannot see. That’s perhaps why Boston residents balked at a heat-sensing infrared camera that […]

SMS for prenatal care

I ended up making a pros and cons list for SMS-based services, because I often felt that a) it was being used when it didn’t need to be used and b) many of the services I envisioned had already been implemented. Many of the “cons” had to do with the major limits we have with […]

Processing for Android: First delve

I’ve delved into Processing for Android, and I decided to post very basic documentation on how I got started. It took a few tumbles, but I’m up and running. There are instructions on the Android for Processing website, but I’ve boiled them down. I worked on a MacBook Pro, so I can only help with […]

Mobile App for Social Activism

Mobile App for Social Activism

There are several types of mobile applications for social activism, but I was particularly interested in two types of them. The first: Apps that demand little from the user, but provide money to causes via advertising. One of my favorites is Sproutster, which uses the Free Rice model. Users essentially play a game, during which […]

Soliloquy [NOC]

Soliloquy [NOC]

A non-visual world that is created with wind and sounds. A collaboration with Alex Dodge. Most of us know our world through visual means; our other senses are often overshadowed or taken for granted, but they give us a fuller sense of the world around us. So in Soliloquy, we wanted to explore way humans […]

Smiling Statues

Smiling Statues was a project in which I made 91 smiling statuettes and distributed them around New York City (and elsewhere). Each Smiler had a note attached to it, which asked the finder to tell me how they found it and to tell me the Smiler was safe. I asked people to submit a photo […]