Hi, I'm Jesse! I work with artists and entrepreneurs to create rapid prototypes, interactive experiences, and products that bridge the digital and physical realms.
I'm an engineer by training, with a background in mechatronics.
Here are a few projects that I'm proud to have been a part of:
Older articles and project blogs:
Games and animation:
If you have a product you'd like to prototype, or a neat project you'd like to bring to reality, I offer electronics design and basic fabrication services. I'm based in New York City, USA.
Examples of some of my work are below.
Submit a design file, a sketch, or just say hello at email@example.com
At the core of the instrument are six gallium phosphate crytsals — quartz-like structures which do not occur in nature. When playing the instrument, the crystals are made resonate at different frequencies in the ultrasonic range, and their interference patterns create audible tones.
I was brought on to develop both analog and digital circuitry for the Irvine, Cavatorta's first electronic musical instrument. As part of this effort, I designed and fabricated the electronic circuits that produce sound from the vibrations of gallium phosphate crystals. I also developed interfaces for many of the sensors embedded in the instrument.
See article and video from Radio Styria. More videos to come!
Tardigrades are micro-animals that live in extreme environments. They've been discovered in the ocean abyss (thousands of meters below sea level), the highest slopes of the Himalayas, and many habitats in between. Some species can survive both cosmic radiation and the vacuum of space. They are also know as water bears.
Project Ara was a smartphone by Google, which users could customize by attaching modules into the phone's empty shell. One of these modules — designed by Midnight Commercial — held a tiny aquarium with a state-of-the-art digital microscope. Adding this module would insert a community of tardigrades into the body of the phone, and make them visible onscreen.
As an engineer on the Midnight Commercial team, I prototyped electronics and built test equiptment at multiple stages of the module's development. I also devised experiments to quantify both lighting and thermal effects on the tardigrade biome.
Read more about the project on VentureBeat.
During the prototyping process for a Samsung product at Midnight Commercial, I created a series of camera modules with microsuction backing. These cameras were later involved in a proof-of-concept for a more complex Samsung appliance.
Some of the modules were wifi-enabled, and periodically sent images to a central server for post-processing. Other variations communicated via USB. Captures could be triggered with an external, physical button. All enclosures were 3D-printed using SLA techniques.
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