I like to think of awesome ideas, and build them first thing. My research interests are quite varied and far at times, and I am usually found mashing up those disciplines- performance, magic, lights, fashion, engineering, aesthetics, glitch art, music, cultures etc. As an independent inventor early on, I used to cook-up ideas in my head, then go out figure whatever tools/means required to build them- they not necessarily looked pretty. I picked up design/aesthetics through travel and working with carpenters and hand-smiths in Rajasthan, much later after 2006. Today, my means of approach are wearable computing, augmented reality, stereoscopic/projected interfaces, and machine learning.
In other universe, I’m probably undergoing apprenticeship with some sorcerer.
Before MIT, I started the Lechal shoe project as a DIY project, and co-founded Ducere Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in 2011 to bring, the electronic shoes for the visually impaired to the market, which evolved as a fashion product. The same won me MIT TR35 –‘Innovator of year’ award.
I co-led the MIT Media Lab India Initiative for last two years, where I worked on creating innovation ecosystem in India. The initiative focuses on anti-displinary research trying to bring the best of scientists, engineers, designers, artists on the same platform and hence invent and innovate across disciplines. Here’s a cool video of the workshop we did in Jan 2014, in Mumbai.
Before that, worked at Imagin Group, at Hewlett Packard Labs, an intuitive open-source speech+ touch based CAD interface for large displays. The prototype ‘MozArt’ is a permanent installation at HP Innovation Center at Zurich and Dubai.
I’m open to collaborate and consult with practitioners and industries alike- if they’ve anything to do with keywords like (wearable, scifi, inventive, assistive, interactive, open-source, sensorial, haptic, multimodal).
Talks/Exhibits of work