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Julian Ceipek

I ♥ learning, collaborating & teaching.

I craft systems with & for people.

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emotive collar Prototyping, Procedural Animation & Robotics Programming collaborator: Behnaz Farahi

Iridescence is a 3D-printed emotive collar commissioned by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and designed by Behnaz Farahi. It features 200 rotating quills driven by fully custom electromagnetic actuators, and animates in response to the facial expressions and positions of observers (determined via a privacy-preserving facial tracking camera).

I created the software that successfully controlled the wearable for a 15 month exhibition without external intervention. While working on the project, I…

  • designed and implemented a hierarchical state machine to drive the wearable’s behavior
  • created tools for rapidly iterating on procedural animations
  • worked closely with Behnaz to design animations for the wearable