Ideas Matter




#RoboStache SXSW 2015 Part 1: "Helper Disks"


Getting ready for SXSW 2015 with #RoboStache, a 3D printed fake mustache with hi-brite LEDs, sensors and Arduino microcontroller. The device will facilitate attendee brainstorming walkabouts around Austin. Sign up through the mail list at

The 'Stache is a social experiment I hope will replicate some of the epic sessions we have had at Qualcomm 

I was a co-founder of something called FLUX (Forward Looking User Experience), an employee driven collaborative IP generation methodology. Through our moderated approach, we were able to generate more than 60 patents in 60 months.

Here is an example from one of my personal contributions to the Qualcomm patent portfolio in the UX space, for what happens to Tablet/Smartphone content hidden beneath the users fingers:


Helopter Shapeways Unbox

Helopter: Single seat ducted-air craft mini model from Shapeways

#HOODSAFEROCK: Fenech-Soler Interview

Caught up for a brief chat with UK electronic music band Fenech-Soler. I found their collaborative musical experimentation process interesting. Indivdual band members sketch up music ideas in tools like Logic and Reason and their output is fed to a band member who uses Pro Tools to integrate ideas and polish them into a finished song. This process reminds me alot of software integration, where code is taken from several developers and merged together to form a final build. 



#NOTGLASS v2-Beta Modular Headset Frame

Not Stylish, Not Subtle, #NOTGLASS


Director Casey Neistat, SXSW 2014

The #NOTGLASS project began as an exploration of the Digital Divide, focused on Google Glass, during the 2013 SXSWi (South By Southwest Interactive) conference in Austin Texas, consisting of a cardboard box, Android phone, 3G Wifi Hotspot, and powered speakers. The conversations and experiences gathered while interacting with conference attendees inspired the idea that users should be able to easily expand wearable headset platforms.

The 3D Printable Kit available for download


Where the incredible Google Glass project drives tightly integrated, minimalist hardware design for delivering contextually filtered information to the user, #NOTGLASS aims to ultimately provide a modular platform for integrating hardware from a variety of sources, much like the early IBM compatible PC motherboard. A platform for head mounted, wearable computing experimentation will enable users to discover new ways to bring the world around them and the internet together.

The current incarnation of #NOTGLASS is 3D printed, made up of modular interlocking parts that align to rail-mounts. Hollow spaces run through each modular part to allow for cable routing. Applications are limited only by the imagination, anything from BCI (Brain Computer Interface) headsets, to 3D laser environment scanning, to 360-Degree video capture.



Helopter Model

Found this way old model in the archives. Is this cool enough to 3D print?