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Thermographic IR at the “Summer of Slither”

The Academy of Sciences is opening the “Summer of Slither: Snakes and Lizards” exhibit to the public for the rest of the summer. In addition to having live animals and other artifacts on display, I’ve designed an interactive, thermographic IR camera display helping visitors understand some snakes’ “heat sensing” vision. More features and interactivity will be added later.

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Science of Sound at Nightlife

We’ll be presenting the Science of Sound at the Nightlife event at the California Academy of Sciences, in Africa Hall. I’ll be explaining, playing, and letting you rock out on my theremins, and possibly demoing sound visualization software based off the line out of the instruments. We’ll also have oscilloscopes, an optical theremin, a function generator and a laundry list of things to play with and talk about — it’s about as hands-on as one…

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Animal Attractions iPad interactive live in the Steinhart Aquarium

The Animal Attractions Exhibit is live and on the wall at the Steinhart Aquarium, featuring the iPad app I was part of developing. This exhibit provides interactive signage, video and stories of the few dozen specimens in 18 tanks. The exhibits focuses on the unusual courtship, relationship and mating habits of different animals, from scorpions and a coconut octopus to the and common garden snail with their rapey “love darts.” The Steinhart Aquarium had this…

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Microsoft Research Nightlife – Kinect WWT

I’ll be presenting my Microsoft Kinect powered interface to World Wide Telescope at Nightlife on September 29th at the California Academy of Sciences. The theme of the night is Microsoft Research and uses of its products at the Academy. There will be live tours of the Earth, satellite and rover data, DJ’s, booze, and you can fly through the known Universe using Minority Report style gestures, throw a planet, and possibly control an animatronic mimic-bot.…

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Life: A Cosmic Story opens in November

We’re in the final stages of production for Life: A Cosmic Story, a new full-dome film at the Morrison Planetarium. Narrated by Jodie Foster (with some scientific sign-off from Jill Tarter herself,) and using a 13.1 space-mapped audio profile, Life will explore the origins of life on Earth, the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe and the human influence on our environment. The show opens the first week of November at the California Academy…

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Greatest Geek Jobs Interview in MaximumPC Magazine

I’m interviewed for my work on and in the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in this month’s print issue of Maximum PC Magazine. Norman Chan did an incredible job, even making it sound as though I wasn’t completely out of it, despite my disheveled, overcaffeinated inarticulacy and complete lack of preparation (evidenced in the full page, “high times” photo.) No small feat — great work! I am currently the Senior Systems Engineer…

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