Russell E.


Los Angeles, CA
Hometown: Los Angeles

Member since:

September 24, 2012

Do you have any experience developing Augmented Reality (AR) or have you played with any AR apps or tools that you like?

I am always looking for ways to increase users' feelings of empathy toward other beings and of interconnectedness with their environments; for this, AR is the best (and most underutilized) convention I know. I strongly advocate contextual inquiry in a relevant atmosphere to draw out users' deepest desires and inhibitions. In grad school, I designed and prototyped AnimalConnection, a model exhibit designed to satisfy zoo visitors' unmet desire for empathic zoo experiences. The exhibit simulates a day in the life of a Mexican Free-tailed Bat, outfitting blindfolded participants with "echolocation devices" and sending them on "bat missions." Employing inexpensive sensors and haptic output, AnimalConnection is one of a suite of similar exhibits that could be implemented at zoos and museums around the world to give visitors simulated animal experiences.

Would you say your primary goal here is to: Learn more about AR, Advanced experimentation with AR tools & models, Network within the AR community, Showcase my AR development... Other?

All of the above!


I'm Russ! UX project manager, designer, and researcher. I recently moved to LA with a Masters in HCI from Carnegie Mellon, where I managed a team of students working with GE to improve interactions in radiology. I <3 research and exhibit design!

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