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Co-Founder. Since 2012.


Synbiota makes it easy for developers in the rapidly growing synthetic biology field to design, collaborate, manage and share their biological projects. Our web-based tools are simple enough for the emerging DIY crowd to do some neat stuff, yet powerful enough for PhDs and professionals to create high-value products.

The current generation of DNA Design tools (software folks can think of it as an IDE for DNA code) are inaccessible to most people. Confusing download/install/update cycles keep this important technology out of the hands of many potential innovators. We think these tools should be as easy to access as Google or Wikipedia.

Synbiota has finally created a Web-Based, Open Source DNA Design app that anyone can use by simply clicking a web link. This has enormous potential to bring Biological Design to a whole new audience of innovators around the globe.

Co-Founder. Since 2012.


The SPrize is a competition in partnership with Synbiota, Mozilla WebFWD and Magnus Manske (the original developer of the MediaWiki platform) to recognize and reward innovative developments in Open Source software tools for Synthetic and DIY Biology.

We are taking a stand against hard-to-use, inaccessible and proprietary tools, and all the problems created as a result. By offering a series of cash prizes as well as global bragging rights we hope to accelerate the development of useful, exciting and amazing plug-ins for GENtle, the Open Source, Web-Based DNA Design app.

- Can your Javascript skills unlock the potential of a truly 21st Century technology?
- Are you a Big Thinker or Artist with an interest in DIY Bio?
- Enter the SPrize & win cash while contributing to what’s next in Science & Technology!

Founder & Creative Director. Previously CEO. Since 2007.

Kameraflage Inc. Boston, MA. & Toronto, Canada. (link)

Kameraflage Inc. is a company I founded to commercialize a patentend (US Patent #8,531,308) display technology I invented which takes advantage of the differences in human and machine perception. CCD and CMOS sensors can see a broader spectrum of light than a human. Billions of humans are now augmented with wave-conversion-devices in the form of a camera-phone. Kameraflage technology exploits this and embeds hidden messages in advertising that are revealed only when viewed through a camera-phone viewfinder. No additional hardware or software needs to be installed by the end user.

During R&D I built my own workshop in Boston and worked in tandem with engineers from Osram, Luminint Technologies 3M and Kodak. Through this I gained a working knowledge of optical engineering as well as expanded my electronics and power-supply design skills.

Kameraflage Inc. was awarded a Market Readiness Program (BMEP) grant ($20k) from MaRS Discovery District; the managing body of the Ontario Ministry of Innovation and Research.

Media: video (manufacturer's sample), video (workshop prototype), video (attic prototype), link (Blitz/Activision case study) video (CNET TV), video (Telurica TV - Spanish), video (interview at SIGGRAPH about the foundations of Kameraflage), link (BBC), link (CNN), link (engadget), link (gizmodo), video ("Kameraflage Effect" as seen at Gadgetoff), image (Kameraflage garment in CES Technology Fashion Show lookbook), link (WIPO patent application)

Interaction Designer. 2010.

Synbiota Forum. Canada, USA, United Kingdom.

I was asked to sketch a workflow and interface for the worlds first AI supported synthetic biology tool that is being developed for iPad. This system supports learnability through in-silico simulation of the electrostatic forces that govern SNP compatibility. Novice Synthetic Biologists can build and learn at the same time. The resulting files can then be sent to a 3rd party DNA synthesis company where they are sequenced and returned to the designer via physical mail, removing the need for wet labs in the development phase.

Media: video

Consultant, Researcher, Developer. 2009/2010.

InteraXon Inc. Toronto, Canada. (link)

Consulting and R&D to develop Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI). Areas of research include signal processing to detect features as well as exploring HCI involving BCI with an eye towards commercialization in the consumer sector.

This research is partially supported by a Canadian National Research Council's (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

Media: video (Business News Network)

Consultant, Designer, Developer. 2010.

InteraXon Inc. Toronto, Canada. (link)

Flagship installation at Ontario House.

This project represented Ontario and Canada on a world stage at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC. The installation is a multi-user (6 person) interactive experience that physically connects user's brainwaves in Vancouver to key locations in Ontario.

Participants entered custom built pods, donned BCI headsets and, using thought alone, controlled active lighting ranging from a state-of-the-art Phillips LED system on the CN Tower, a large-scale DMX installations at the Nation's Capital Building in Ottawa and a hacked array of vintage WWII search-lights at Niagara Falls.

live video-feeds showed each user their effects on the remote locations in realtime while local lighting, sound and vibro-tactile elements expanded the experience.

Media: link ( article), link ( article), link ( article), link (Globe & Mail article), video (CTV news)

Ad Futures Consultant. 2009.

Initiative Inc. New York, USA. (link)

I consulted (through Kameraflage Inc.) to Initiative's NYC office - relaying information, opinion and strategy for novel media campaigns. These reports are meant to convey ideas for stories that may be possible to tell in a 5 to 10 year vision.

Media: .pdf (concept report)

Consultant, Designer, Developer. 2009.

InteraXon Inc. Toronto, Canada. (link)

Installation at Premiere of Ontario's Innovation Awards.

A Toronto-based developer of interactive brain-wave controlled public installations for galleries, expos and museums. I contributed to the design and played a major role in the development of a large custom concert quad Quintephone (BCI controlled electronic musical instrument) that was built for, and featured at the 2009 Premiere of Ontario's Innovation Awards.

Media: music (studio version), image (MaRS performance), image (MaRS performance)

Experience Director. Fall 2008.

ChangingTheWorld. Toronto, Canada. (link)

Nominated for 2010 TED Prize.

Changing the World is a conference in the spirit of TED that brings together the world's greatest visionaries to inspire young people to make a difference. Unlike TED we were able to make this conference free for students with the support of our sponsors that include Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Starbucks and Umbra.

Speakers included:

Aubrey de Grey -- world's leading aging scientist, believes that we can live to 1000

Eva Vertes -- cancer scientist, made an Alzheimer's breakthrough at age 15

Vincent Lam -- author, 2006 Giller Prize winner for Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures

Karim Rashid -- industrial designer, in 14 museums worldwide, created over 2500 products

Mike Beltzner -- director of Firefox

Don Lindsay -- creator and designer of Mac OS X at Apple, Design Director at Microsoft Live Labs, now Design Director at Research In Motion (RIM)

Eric Chivian -- Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on stopping nuclear war. Among this year's Time 100 for his work on global environmental protection.

Melody Hossaini -- founder of UK Youth Parliament, youth leader of Al Gore's Climate Project

And more...

Media: link (, .pdf (conference poster), galleries 1, 2 & 3 (showing speakers, attendants and events), image (Aubry de Grey and I at CTW), image (CTW ticket), link (comments from attendees)

Developer. Summer 2007.

Gamania Inc. Taipei, Taiwan. (link)

I was hired by Gamania Inc. (a major developer and distributor of video-games and cartoons) to help make a custom version of the HiTV platform to include popular Gamania character "Afrobin". This version of HiTV was chosen to be included at the 2007 Animamix Biennial, MoCA Shanghai, China.

Media: video (2007 Animamix Biennial, Shanghai MoCA), link (photo gallery of experience at Gamania)

Assistant Researcher. 2006.

MIT Media Lab. Cambridge, MA. (link)

I was an Assistant Researcher in the Context-Aware-Computing Group led by Ted Selker. In this year I conducted research on Considerate Computers as an extension of my research at Queen's University on Attentive User Interfaces. My developments included a novel method to detect voter coercion during online ballot casting (MIT/CalTech Voting Technology Project) as well as a contextually-aware and considerate vending platform that I developed for Pepsi, which is now patent-pending with myself, MIT and PepsiCo.

Media: see portfolio

Assistant Researcher. 2002-2005 & 2010-Present.

Human Media Lab. Kingston, Canada. (link)

I was an Assistant Researcher at the Human Media Lab in the School of Computing at Queen's University. As a researcher I helped to conceptualize, design, build and test a collection of novel tools based on the Attentive User Interface paradigm. I built systems that employed eye-gaze detection, eye-contact sensing, social geometrics, novel architectural processes and cognitive enhancement including memory augmentation and attention streamlining.

Media: see portfolio

Developer, Researcher. Winter 2004.

Motionsketch Inc. Kingston, Canada. (link)

Motionsketch develops computer-vision based interactive media. When they decided to incorporate mobile-phone interactivity into their public-display products they licensed technology that I developed and hired me to integrate it into their portfolio.

The technology that they acquired from me was a WAP gateway that allowed multi-users to interact with and control a public display, effectively giving them a synched public (large screen) and private (mobile phone screen) display. No additional software was required to be installed by end users.

Media: video (system demonstration)

Associate Editor. Winter 2004.

Epststein Creative. Kingston, Canada. (link)
CBC Television. Toronto, Canada. (link)

We created a comedic short for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) show "ZeD TV", a weekly nationally broadcast television show.

As Executive Editor I was responsible for communications with the executives within the CBC as well as ensuring the broadcast quality of the production. I also served as technical consultant to those involved in production and post-production.

Media: video ("Oy, it's a Boy" as seen on CBC's "ZeD TV")