August 25, 2018

Braille Nails

Shieseido’s Braille Nails are a set of 3D-printed press-on nails and a wearable camera badge that can describe nearby objects and environments for the vision impaired. It’s powered by the Google Cloud Vision API and has 85% accuracy. The camera badge recognizes the following gestures: Give a thumbs up to hear a description of what’s in front of you. Point at the sky to hear a weather report. Hold up your hand to hear your current location. Read more

August 12, 2018


When I was in middle school, I went on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour of the tunnels that were created following the Great Seattle Fire when, rather than raze it to the ground, the city rebuilt on top of itself. Listening to our tour guide tell stories under the light cast from purple glass sidewalk tiles, I fell in love with this idea of placing a narrative layer on top of the real world. Read more

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