I create interactive experiences, run a company, and I'm designing an interactive projector for kids. I also sometimes animate small projects. And one time I wrote a book.
I am the CEO of a company called Lumo Interactive, and our main software platform's called LUMOplay. We make interactive projection software for advertising, events, and education.
LUMOplay started because my co-founder Curtis Wachs and I identified a need for simple creation tools that could allow creative professionals to create their own interactive projection displays. We worked with Keith Otto and Jocelyne Le Leannec to design a platform especially for artists.
Since launching the platform in 2011, we've seen the software deployed in over 15,000 places around the world, from people's homes to major retail chains in dozens of countries.
In 2008, I started making visuals for events and performances as a way to keep up my animation and development skills (and get invited to cool parties).
In the same year, I met a brilliant programmer named Curtis Wachs that year, and he started helping me with some of my crazier ideas.
In 2010 we incorporated PO-MO Inc. We're now known as Lumo Interactive, and we've created a lot of super cool solutions. A lot of the projects we work on are exploratory, and push the boundaries of what we know is possible.
Lumo Interactive Digital Light Displays
Mirrors Of My Own
Burning Man Mirrors of My Own
This installation was created with a group of friends and installed at the foot of the man during Burning Man 2015. I helped design the photo app and actual button hardware that would take photos of visitors throughout the festival, and randomly morph their pictures into animals or run them through what we're pretty sure was the first live installation using Google's Deep Dream. Keeping the whole thing running throughout the festival was super fun.
On Thursday I swapped all the photo morphs with pictures of Rick Astley.
Assembling the buttons.
To create this installation, I made a map of the architectural features of Wesley Hall by projecting on the building and literally drawing masks around each architectural feature I wanted to create effects for. Then I used the masks to create animations using flash. The animations were keystroke triggered in time to music during a live DJ set on Nuit Blanche night in Winnipeg, Sept. 2014.
Videomapping Wesley Hall
Animated Music Video
An animation I did for Joe Silva's song 'I Don't Remember' performed by Sherri St. Germain. The animations were done in Flash, and Curtis Wachs wrote a little program to render the video frame by frame (the usual movie export kept going out of sync).
The video made it to the finals of the 2009 ISC Music Video competition.
I Don't Remember - Joe Silva Music Video
I animated this video over a period of two months for Joe Silva of Purespace. The entire animation was a timeline thing done in Flash, exported with the help of a small frame-by-frame exporting plugin written by Curtis Wachs, and edited in After Effects.
The biggest challenge was making sure all the animations stayed synced with the music - Flash was definitely not the best tool for a project this long.
To teach myself to videomap, I used a toaster and two projectors, and created a bunch of animated effects and video using Flash and After Effects. This was a weekend project.
One projector is behind the toaster, and one is in front (projecting on the toaster). I masked the shape of the toaster using a piece of cardboard as a sort of gobo.