Research Roots of Sourcemap

The research that led to Sourcemap started with my general exams at the MIT Media Lab in 2008 with Professors Hiroshi Ishii, John Maeda, and Chris Csikzentmihalyi. The general exam had three topics: the history of marketing (CC), design for truth (JM), and tangible interfaces (HI).

On the right are the images of the products I modified as part of John Maeda's exam.

Below are the three papers I wrote to describe the inception of the idea, its application as a proof of concept, and the beginnings of its enterprise applications. Click each thumbnail to download the paper.

Future Craft: Product Design and Manufacturing in the Internet Era

From 2007-2013 Amanda Parkes and I taught the MIT Media Lab course Future Craft: Radical Sustainability in Products and Ventures. The idea of the course was to explore new paradigms for product development, marketing and sales by confronting new challenges of working at a global, local and body scale. Amanda and I also published a couple of papers relating our experiences, which you can download by clicking on the thumbnails to the right.


Digital Art Restoration

In 2009, I was lucky to work with a rock-star crew of MIT undergraduates to work on new ways of experiencing historic artworks by manipulating multi-spectral scans produced by world-renown digital restorer Maurizio Seracini. The research gave birth to a proof-of-concept demonstration using a large plasma touch screen television depicting a detail from Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation. You can see a brief video of the demo above, and read or download the research paper below. 

MIT Kitchen of the Future

Between 2001 and 2005 I worked as a Research Assistant with the Counter Intelligence Group of the MIT Media Lab - MIT's kitchen of the future. The most notable inventions are listed below: a smart spoon developed with Connie Cheng, a heat-sensitive faucet (now commercialized), a dishmaker capable of molding and re-molding dishes endlessly. This last invention introduced me to life-cycle thinking and design for the environment, which led to developing Sourcemap.