ITP Alumni at Story / GE Garages event

A number of ITP alumni are taking part in this GE Garages event.

This October, GE Garages is partnering with STORY to celebrate the quick and the quirky in “Making Things,” an experience designed to engage your inner maker. Visitors can observe and participate in the act of making things, supported by modern tools and technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters and injection molders. Ultimately, the store has become a lab where innovation is encouraged through high tech tools and curated merchandise.  This manufacturing co-lab celebrates technologists, entrepreneurs and everyday people with a one-of-a kind opportunity to discover modern prototyping and manufacturing processes, collaborate in hands-on workshops, participate in specialized manufacturing training and education, and learn from guest speakers.

ITP Alum, Eric Forman ’02
“EarShell: from single artwork to multiple design object”
Sat Oct 20, 2:00-3:00pm
EarShell is an interactive art work by Eric Forman – a small disc cut from a birch tree magically plays sounds of the forest when held up to the ear – wind blowing through trees, leaves crunching, birds chirping. A mysterious narrative unfolds as you listen, and stops when put down, waiting to be picked up again. A 19th century engraving of the inner ear is etched on its face; the cochlea is often noted for its similarity to a seashell, but here the memory of the forest is heard instead of the ocean. Hidden inside are electronics, a speaker, sensors, and a battery. Eric Forman will reveal how the technology works, describe his design process, and discuss the transition to mass manufacture using PCB production, CNC milling, and laser etching.

ITP Alum Corrie Van Sice ’11
“How Biology is Changing the Way We Build”
Sat, Oct 20, 4-5pm
Material scientists use bio-engineering to isolate genes for the production of certain substances, like silk for instance. The use of living organisms in the production of new media means that materials can be cultured, labored, alive, “born”, “killed”, and yet immediately intertwined with natural cycles of waste and renewal. Additionally, the processes by which organisms resourcefully build their bodies can be mimicked at a larger scale. Corrie will present several experiments in both growing materials, and generating fabrication methods that take cue from the ingenuity of biological systems, including the growth of synthetic coral and microbial cellulose.

ITP Alumni Jonah Brucker-Cohen ’00 and Katherine Moriwaki ’01
“Scrapyard Challenge”
Sun, Oct 21, 3-5:30pm
During this intensive workshop, participants will build simple electronic projects (both digital and analog inputs) out of found or discarded “junk” (old electronics, clothing, furniture, outdated computer equipment, appliances, turntables, monitors, gadgets, etc.). The Scrapyard Challenege has been held 57 times in 14 countries, on 5 different continents with 3 different themes! No electronic skills or any experience with technology is necessary to participate in the workshops.

ITP Alum Chris Kucinski ’07
“Music is the Best!”
Thu, Oct 25, 6-7pm
At Critter & Guitari, we like to make music anywhere: the kitchen table, backyard, the recording studio, in the middle of anywhere. We’re bringing our Pocket Pianos, Kaleidoloops, and Video Scopes for one night only for folks to jam on and explore sound with.

ITP Alum Katherine Moriwaki ’01
“Fashion and Technology”
Sat, Oct 27, 12-1pm
This workshop focuses on the relationship between fashion and technology by examining environmental sensing accessories. Katherine Moriwaki specializes in interaction design and the creative re-use of electronic objects around the globe. Aneta Genova is an accessory designer and author of “Accessory Design,” the first and only comprehensive reference for aspiring and practicing accessory designers. This class will push participants to realize new possibilities in interactive media through a broad range of creative methodologies.

ITP Adjunct Professor, Ayah Bdeir and ITP Alum Paul Rothman ’10
“Make something that does something with littleBits!”
The hottest new educational toy is coming to SXSW for your creative pleasure! Called by Bloomberg TV “LEGO for the iPad generation” and by Forbes “high Tech pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks“, littleBits is a system of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping and play.  Join Ayah Bdeir, Jordi Borras and Paul Rothman for 2 exclusive workshops where you can make your own interactive creations with light, sounds, sensors and buttons, no soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap and play!ITP

Alum Catarina Mota ’00
“Smart Materials for DIY Projects”
Materials are the building blocks of everything and smart materials represent an important component of the future of manufacturing and tech crafts. In the spirit of the open source software and hardware movements, the Open Materials group wishes to establish an open process for exploring and sharing knowledge, techniques and applications in materials research. This presentation will go over some examples of smart materials that are already being incorporated into makers’ projects, the limitations and issues we currently face in accessing both the materials themselves and information on how to use/make them, and the next steps in making smart materials more accessible to all.

Friday, October 19th, 2012
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