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Join us Thursday April 29, 2021 @ 5:00PM MST
Location: Zoom (register to receive link and password)
• Talks by creatives working at the interaction of art and technology w/ Q&A
• Break out rooms to meet and chat with the B.E.A.T. community
• Opportunity to reach collaborators and tickle your curiosity
Title: AR Drum Circle
Torin Hopkins, Darren Sholes, Peter Gyory, Hooman Hedayati, Colin Soguero advised by Mark D. Gross, Ellen Do, Amy Banic and Dan Szafir
Augmented Reality offers great potential to support musicians in collaborating remotely. We are building an application to enable drummers to play together in a drum circle using physical electronic drum pads and augmented reality technology. Unlike previous remote jamming applications, musicians who use this application will see AR avatars of each of the other drummers they are playing with (up to two other drummers) which they can place in their own environment via AR fiducial markers. Audio will be captured via the MIDI output from the electronic drum pads and sent to each musician in the circle, where it will be synthesized into spatial audio based on the placement of the avatars. Combining the MIDI output with hand tracking, we will enable players to communicate through body movement with their avatars, a core component of music collaboration.
Torin Hopkins graduated from Iowa State University with a master’s degree in human computer interaction (HCI). While at Iowa, he developed “JamTabs," an application and LED-based system of playing music in a jam session, released an omnidirectional music notation for virtual reality, iOS applications and a 3D Unity music ed. game. Torin has taught lessons in guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and bass for more than 5 years and founded SolJAMM LLC, where he provided jamming workshops through the use of new technology. He hopes to continue creating collaborative technology as a PhD student with his advisor Ellen Do, professor of computer science in the ATLAS Institute.
Title: Cooking fashion
Ella McQuaid, Fiona Bell, Mirela Alistar
Green fashion is a hot research problem as the current environmental print of fast fashion is damaging. To address this, we developed Alganyl: a biodegradable textile made of edible ingredients that can be safely cooked in the kitchen. However, unlike other biomaterials such as kombucha or mycelium, Alganyl can be textured and shaped using various fabrication methods and feels soft and gentle against the skin. Originally transparent, we explore adding color, texture, sensing, and conductive properties to Alganyl, while preserving its biodegradability.
Bio: Ella McQuaid is a second-year Mechanical Engineering major working as a research assistant on Fiona Bell’s bioplastic wearables project in the Living Matter Lab. She hopes this work can contribute to alleviating the plastic pollution issues facing environments around the world. Mirela she organizes interactive performances, art installations and open workshops, in order to engage the public in direct interaction with living materials (e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungi). Mirela received her PhD from the Technical University of Denmark in 2014, and until 2018, she was a postdoc in Patrick Baudish's lab at Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. Since 2019, she leads the Living Matter Lab at CU Boulder