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RECENT INDEPENDENT PROJECTS
The Object Operation Management Interface
Oomi is a custom-built hardware device and accompanying web platform for the universal-control of internet-connected devices. The system can be controlled by natural-language (utilizing NLP), mobile devices, or any networked computer via Oomi’s private API. Additionally, the product provides data and analytical patterns of how humans live/interact in their homes.
We are currently at the forefront of a revolution in computing that is placing internet connectivity into 'devices' that otherwise would have no additional features other than their core functions. For example, light bulbs, door locks, electric outlets. The current mark for these devices are being fueled by major, blue chip, corporations such as Philips, Belkin, Honeywell. Not to mention many promising new firms that are bringing innovative new products to market. The problem with this market, and Oomi's opportunity, is the fragmentation resulting from each of these 'connected' devices operating independently of each other. To boil it down as simply as possible: each device requires it's own app to operate and none of these are able to communicate which each other. Oomi changes all of that, and more. Oomi was co-founded by David Braccia.
An Interactive Branding Utility For DJs
RequestNow is an iOS and SMS-based application that alleviates the frustration of requesting songs at live events and enables powerful SMS-based marketing opportunities. The system utilizes proprietary algorithms to provide spell-check for mistyped song titles and trending song-selection analytics, while also leveraging the Twilio API to send/receive SMS data, and the Spotify API for the song database. The interface is minimal and simplistic, enabling anyone who approaches the opportunity to request their favorite song to be played. The app gathers song-choice statistics, analyzes trends, and generates live-reports during/after Disc Jockey events such as Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, etc. During the development process, I custom-commissioned a metal worker friend to design an iPad Kiosk which mounted an iPad on a sleek white aluminum frame.
The Easiest Way to Swap On-Campus Housing
It’s pretty simple really... We saw something that needed fixing, and we had a way to fix it, so we did. We’d seen plenty of friends jump through hoops trying to find a new room or roommate on campus, yet they were still coming up empty handed. We had to do something about it. In an increasingly digital world, we were surprised there was no way to browse for a new room/roommate at in the college setting of Boston, so rather than waiting around and hoping someone else would do something about it, we took things into our own hands. A short while later, we came up with what we think is a pretty nifty solution to college housing troubles- BU RoomSwap. The site features student profiles, a nifty match-making system, along with an efficient user messaging system. We launched RoomSwap just before the new school year of 2012 and watched as our user-base grew ever larger at the end of Winter break. We are psyched to have produced a tool that over one-thousand students utilize each and every semester. Continued development is always in the works.
The Calendar Messenger Chrome Extension
CALm is a Google Chrome Extension that allows users to easily send Google Calendar and iCal event invites to anyone's inbox while remaining on your favorite websites. I built CALm during Hurricane Sandy in early November of 2013, and developed all of the assets with a buddy of mine before the battery indicator hit 0% on my Macbook Pro (aprox 7 hours). In one of the photos below, I am demoing the Chrome Extension at Tech@NYU's monthly meetup, Demodays!
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THE BLUE BLAZER FUND [Non-Profit]
Volunteer Position: Director of Engineering
In the face of cultural disconnect and socioeconomic disadvantage, the Blue Blazer Fund strives to offer education and friendship as a beacon of light to each of our twelve Ethiopian program members. The Blue Blazer Fund is an international quest to create opportunities, instill confidence, and realize dreams within a community plagued by adversity.
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Augmented Reality Glasses
Meta is the world’s first developer kit and platform for augmented reality. With a team of fifteen Columbia University and New York University students that are the best in their concentrations, we were able to produce a hardware device that allowed users to have direct gestural control of 3D virtual object, which were superimposed to their real environment.
This game-changing two part wearable computer allows users to play with virtual objects in 3D space using nature’s perfect controllers - their hands. The technology has to be worn to be believed. Meta is going to change the way humans compute. It's going to change everything.
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BLACKCHIP ANALYTICS FOR iOS
Real-Time Sports Stats & Data-Visualizations Platform
Blackchip Analytics is a brilliantly designed mobile application that provides real-time statistical sports trends/analytics along with superior data-visualizations to the millions of speculators around the world.
The product enables users to gain a commanding edge over the bookmaker by empowering them with the tools and schematics to place highly educated wagers. BCA is the number one tool for any and all looking to place a bet.
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FITLOCK - HACKMIT PROJECT
A Virtual Lock Requiring Physical Activity To Unlock
Fitlock was built at the HackMIT hackathon event in 2013. Myself, along with five awesome teammates, developed a virtual lock for your television, which requires physical activity to unlock. The system leveraged the FitBit API in order to track activity, and was carefully integrated into an HDMI decryption device.
We were able to break the encryption from a standard HDMI device, such as a cable box, Blu-ray player, or Chromecast, and overlay our internet-connected lock, subsequently blocking the user from watching TV until they achieved their daily fitness goals. This project was 24-hours of nonstop intensity!