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So, obviously the OpenChord project is pretty much over. However, I'm starting up a new project/video game! More details on the blog.

- 27 September 2010 -

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  • OpenChord.org

    – An award-winning, open source hardware modification allowing people to use real stringed instruments to play the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games.

    The Adaptive Snowboard

    – A snowboarding video game controller designed to assist physical therapy patients in their recovery.

    Bill Nye’s Climate Lab at the Chabot Space and Science Center

    Created electronic backends for 8 different physical exhibits. Exhibits include:
    – Core sampling exercises where participants line up sliders to map changes in historical temperature and CO2 levels.
    – Power grid demonstration, where people plug in different appliances into sockets representing times, and try to minimize carbon emissions based on times and power grid types.
    – Wind power exhibit, where users crank a fan which actually turns a turbine to simulate wind generation.
    – Solar power booth, where participants attempt to track the sun with a solar collector, generating power.

    Jump Buckle

    This is a simple but fun project – a belt buckle that makes the Super Mario jump sound when you jump.

    Current/Near Future Projects:

    The Lone Star

    – The cult classic video game Katamari Damacy is a game about rolling up small objects into a ball, getting bigger and bigger until you can roll up entire continents. The Lone Star is a large ball based controller designed to emulate the in-game motions, bringing the whimsical nature of the game that much further into the player’s life.

    WikiTXT

    – The resurrection of a 2008 project – a service where users can send a query text message to a simple e-mail address and receive a series of text messages containing the first paragraph of the relevant Wikipedia entry for the queried text.

    Zombie Tutor

    – In the early 2000′s, the video game Typing of the Dead helped thousands of people hone their typing skills though gameplay where words would appear above zombies’ heads, and to kill them, the player needed to type in the appropriate word.  I intend to essentially re-create this game while implementing a custom dictionary system, allowing users to create their own challenges and answers that appear over the heads of zombies, enabling people to combine flash cards with zombie-killing.