Archive of Recent Posts by maria

the Gesticulator: Sensitive Attire

 A   tool for overtly engaging the power of the eyes. The Gesticulator projects what I am looking at onto my front, turning the gestures of my eyes from a passive to an active, even aggressive, statement.   More so than the gestures themselves, it is the shared awareness (between me and others) of the […]

Flow – a project with Johnny Lu

  Flow monitors restroom water use for conservation while transmuting its effluvia into an aesthetic experience. Sensors attached to xbee radios in the restroom detect toilet flushes and allow for us to monitor water usage throughout the day. These are sent over an internet connection to our database from which we can collect data, do […]

Hacking the FingerPrint Sensor

    This is a summary of my progress in hacking the FIM5360N-LV fingerprint scanner.  I am not yet able to register fingerprints, but otherwise feel very close to having it work. I solved some issues that I couldn’t find answers for online, so I wanted to document this in detail for future reference. I used a MAX3232  […]

Vibrant Project

This week I began reading Vibrant Matter, and not to be dramatic, but one major take away from the first chapter is that we (people) seem to be viewing the world in an increasingly apathetic sense. I don’t know a better word than apathy, but I will think about it, because I don’t mean to […]

Phone Land

This project was a collaboration with Steve Aquilano, who was able to do amazing things with cron jobs and Asterisk. The concept was a system where a caller, when placing a call, would end up in the space of “Phone Land”.  Instead of hearing ringing on the other end, they are taken on a sonic […]

Observing an Intersection 1

The first of two installments of watching the intersection to observe a “hidden” network layer.  

Highline Intervention 2

Working on this project with : Kimi, Engen, and Filipa We are proposing an installation on or below the highline where people’s cell phones communicate, via bluetooth, and notify each other of proximity. The installation, depending on the form it takes and may be directed at the people who see it, or made for them, […]

Highline Intervention

Responding to the mediated voyeurism of the highline, Visible Voyeur created an intimate experience in public space. Our goal was to facilitate an unexpected discovery, one that would be intriguing, but violate your sense of what is right and normal in public space. The initial installation, on the highline, looked quite nice, and as a […]

Observing an Intersection

  I watched the intersection of North 7th street and Bedford Avenue, a pretty busy intersection with a bus stop and two subway entrances to the L line, 2 pay phones (not that these are used anymore, but still), two deli/groceries, two post office boxes, 2 newspaper stand areas, and whereas other intersections usually have […]

Facebook Nodes

The facebook nodes project visualizes connections between people who log into the site. The users are repositioned based on node attraction through a spring system within the nodes. The strength of the node attraction is determined by the users’ connections.