Do humans place too much trust in robots?


Do humans place too much trust in robots? Harvard’s researcher Serena Booth ran a study to answer this question. Apparently some people consider small, non-human-shaped robots very trustworthy, specially if they deliver cookies. Please read the link for more details.

(Cartoon commentary is mine.)

June 9, 2016

Platonic Solids in Processing

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I couldn’t find a complete implementation of the five Platonic Solids in Processing, so I decided to put some Processing classes together. You can find them here:

The Five Platonic Solids in Processing

As shown in the image above, the classes have the added possibility of drawing polyhedra vertices with custom radius (an example sketch is included in the GitHub project).

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April 17, 2016

BlueMO: a Bluetooth LE to MIDI and OSC translator for Mac OS X


BlueMO allows you to receive data from Adafruit’s Bluefruit boards or RFDuino and translate it into MIDI or OSC. The code is avaliable at GitHub here. (If you are interested in a compiled version, please email me.)

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ReFlex in CTV News, Ottawa

Today Eric Longley from CTV News (Ottawa) visited the Human Media Lab to find out about ReFlex. I answered some questions for about the project, its development and its future.

March 29, 2016

ReFlex: a flexible smartphone with haptic feedback

The Human Media Lab, where I currently work as a postdoctoral fellow, just released ReFlex, a flexible smartphone with active haptic feedback—likely the world’s first.

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The difference between music and noise

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November 29, 2015

Understanding mobile search & app interactions

(Slideshare deck courtesy of Karen Church)

Last Wednesday April 22th, I presented the paper “An in-situ study of mobile search and app interactions”, during a session chaired by Matt Jones and titled “Understanding Everyday Use of Mobile Phones”. This took place in Seoul, South Korea, during the International Conference on Human Factors in Camputing Systems, CHI2015. I want to share the deck that Karen Church and I put together for the presentation.

I also want to share some of the implications of our work.

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May 1, 2015

CHI2015 highlights (updated)


This is some sort of log or diary of all the activities I attended during the Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems–CHI2015 in Seoul, Korea. I also had the pleasure to present two papers, “An In-Situ Study of Mobile App & Mobile Search Interactions” (part of my PhD dissertation) and “To Call or to Recall? That’s the Research Question” (the result of my internship at Yahoo! in Summer 2014).

It was an incredible conference and it was a great opportunity to see old and new friends and colleagues.

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April 30, 2015

“An In-Situ Study on Mobile App & Mobile Search Interactions”, accepted at CHI2015

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“An In-Situ Study on Mobile App & Mobile Search Interactions”, a paper written by Karen Church and myself and the result of my 2014 Summer internship at Yahoo!, was accepted for publication in the ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2015). Karen tells the story better.

We will be presenting it at the conference in Seoul, Korea, this April.

April 10, 2015

Article in ACM Transactions of Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI)

April 10, 2015