Posts Tagged ‘Garnet Hertz’

Toy Hacking DIY Workshop Video - May 17th, 2013

Garnet Hertz, our local Artist-in-Residence, Researcher, etc…. etc… is featured in this video put out by the ICS communications department. Yay Toy Hacking!

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Posted: 5/17/13 12:18 am PDT by Make the First Comment
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Values in Design in the O.C. Register - August 22nd, 2012

Dr. Garnet Hertz, center, helps students Jes Koepfler, from the University of Maryland, left, and Anthony Hoffman of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee build an arduino, an open source single board micro controller at a workshop at UCI for doctoral students to build projects focused on a values-based approach to technology design. by SAM GANGWER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The Values in Design Lab, founded by Informatics faculty members, is hosting a workshop this week. The O.C. Register covered it in an article posted today:

“The Values In Design lab launched earlier this year at UCI brings together researchers from computer science, engineering and the humanities in an effort to devise ways to design technology for the future that is responsible and inclusive, in turn enabling organizations to create better relationships with their users later on. Researchers in the lab focus on building values like privacy, community, trust, dignity, security, respect and freedom from bias into future technological systems and this week 36 doctoral students from North America and Europe are at UCI working with faculty in a weeklong workshop on the subject.”

“How do we get more participation and more breadth of participation in our design work?” asked Bowker. “We all need to become designers.”

Jed, apparently the most mediagenic member of our lab, is liberally quoted. :)

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Posted: 8/22/12 5:04 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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Garnet on Discovery Channel - April 27th, 2012

Garnet on The Discovery Channel

“Something bizarre is loose on the campus grounds of the University of California,Irvine”

Watch it here! Garnet starts around 8:00.

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Posted: 4/27/12 1:07 am PDT by Make the First Comment
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Garnet goes viral - February 24th, 2012

LUCI Artist-in-Residence/Research Scientist Garnet Hertz started the latest viral meme “What People Think I Do/ What I Really Do”.

Don’t believe me, then believe knowyourmeme.com or hyperalleric.

Here’s Garnet’s original:

Garnet starts a meme

Garnet starts a meme

He’s interviewed by his hometown news radio also.

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Posted: 2/24/12 1:49 am PDT by Make the First Comment
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T.A.C.O. Team photo set from UROP - May 19th, 2011

The Technology and Community Outreach (T.A.C.O.) team has been making the rounds recently. A recent appearance at the UROP symposium inspired blogging this Flickr set slideshow:


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Posted: 5/19/11 5:14 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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Hackerspace hosts inaugural Arduino workshop - May 11th, 2011

Arduino Workshop

Arduino Workshop

Last night the LUCI lab had a terrific turnout for an Arduino hacking workshop.  About 20 people including undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and faculty turned out to learn how to program this popular microcontroller.  The basic goal of the workshop was for everyone to create a device which measured an input (light, sound, pressure) and do something in response (beep, light up, tweet, etc.).  There was a little bit of trepidation at first as most of the participants had to trade their software coding skills for wires and breadboards, but once the pizza arrived everything got easier.

This workshop was run by undergraduate student Vahan Hartooni and sponsored by the LUCI lab’s “hackerspace”, which is a new direction that we are undertaking as a result of a Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) grant. The grant program is a collaboration between the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) with the following aspirations:

“Under the personal guidance of UCI faculty co-mentors, students will gain first-hand experience and training in state-of-the-art facilities and techniques. This program is designed to help students develop the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge that will propel them into graduate studies or careers in fields that explore the connections between different concentrations.Participants will demonstrate the results of their work at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium in May and at additional demonstration events sponsored by Calit2.”

This grant which was spearheaded by undergraduate students (including Vahan Hartooni and Nick LaJeunesse) and subsequently helped along with a little grant writing experience by Informatics faculty member Don Patterson, Informatics Research Scientist/Artist-in-Residence Garnet Hertz and Film & Media Studies faculty member Peter Krapp, was instrumental in last night’s program.

For more information about how you can hack, or about upcoming programs, contact the space at hackerspace@ics.uci.edu.

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Posted: 5/11/11 4:58 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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LUCI is doing: Multi-Sited Design - May 4th, 2011

Multi-Sited Design

Multi-Sited Design

What has LUCI been up to recently?

Multi-Sited Design

Ideas about technology are also ideas about culture and people. When researchers and designers talk in terms of “free culture” and “open innovation,” their discourse shapes not only new ways of building technology, but new ways of relating to social and political structures. We have been exploring this through ethnographic research in a technology innovation lab in Shanghai, China, which positions its work at the intersections of Chinese Internet counterculture, international maker and hacker communities, digital art and creative commons. We ask how ideas of free culture and open innovation are mobilized as part of a conversation about technology design, Chinese modernity, innovation and do-it-yourself science that extends across Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Europe.

More info

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Posted: 5/4/11 10:00 am PDT by Make the First Comment
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LUCI is doing: Circuit Bending - May 2nd, 2011

Circuit Bending

Circuit Bending

What has LUCI been up to recently?

Circuit Bending:

Our research is targeted at engaging women and minority groups through “circuit bending” workshops in electronics – the creative short-circuiting and manipulation of electronic devices such as children’s toys to create new musical instruments or sound generators. We authored an innovative instructional guidebook to introduce students to circuit bending in English, Spanish and Chinese and have held workshops in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Irvine and Berlin to test and refine our curriculum. The combination of a clearly designed curriculum and guidebook, the leveraging of artistic and musical creativity, and low technological requirements contribute to the strong success of this initiative in Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) education.

More info

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Posted: 5/2/11 10:00 am PDT by Make the First Comment
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Garnet’s OutRun project in Make: magazine - April 27th, 2011

Garnet’s OutRun project is features in a 4 page article in Make: Magazine.

Congrats Garnet!

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Posted: 4/27/11 10:00 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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T.A.C.O. Truck wins 3rd Place at Engage UCI - April 21st, 2011

LUCI at Engage UCI

Brenda Ramirez and Diana Garcia

Congrats to undergraduate students, Brenda Ramirez and Diana Garcia, who are advised by Informatics faculty member Gillian Hayes and Informatics Research Scientist and Artist-in-Residence Garnet Hertz for winning 3rd place at “Engage UCI: A Celebration of Community Collaboration”

They presented a poster titled, “Circuit Bending: Technology and Community Outreach for Children in Latino Communities”

“Circuit Bending is the creative short-circuiting of electronic devices such as children’s toys and small digital synthesizers to create new musical or visual instruments and sound generators. Circuit bending usually involves dismantling electronics and adding components such as switches and potentiometers that alter the circuit.”

For more info check out a link to Garnet’s page.

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Posted: 4/21/11 9:11 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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