Aug 7, 2019

Co-Founder of Nodle: A Global Network for the Internet of Things

We've been having a lot of fun building what I believe to be the largest wireless network on Earth, by number of base stations.

Nodle uses millions of smartphones and Bluetooth to anonymously locate and connect IoT devices around each phone. This enabled Nodle to operate as the lowest cost wireless network on Earth. and incentivize apps to monetize without ads or impacting user privacy.

We believe we have discovered a new economic model for the Internet, and it can be applied to any wireless technology.

Node is seeing significant demand from paying IoT customers for Nodle Network access. This includes industrial asset tracking, smart cities and consumer electronics companies.  We seek to use significant inbound connectivity demand to create value for our app partners, new ways to monetize apps, and enable anyone to earn money on their phone. 

Oct 12, 2018

Crypto Wallet Designs

For an old project that never went through. 

Mar 12, 2018

Oct 3, 2017

VTOL Cities

As new RideSharing models quickly prove feasibility, investors and dozens startups are racing for what lies beyond self driving cars, VTOL. If legislation can keep pace with technology, our skies, and cities will quickly transform into something new.

We can begin to imagine new cities arising in the middle of nowhere, strategically positioned between points of interest. The drive for humans to escape cities, and the affordability of VTOL just might replace the Jet age.

This is an excerpt from my Medium Post: Flying Cars are Here to Stay

Jun 23, 2017

A Note on Globalization

From where I write this last paragraph, in a hip Bangalorean restaurant on Lavelle Road. I close my eyes. The chatter of British accented young ladies and hip electronic bass music pervade my senses. I know not if I’m in The Battery of San Francisco, or a rooftop bar in Hong Kong, or London. A wine bottle opens, someone laughs. Globalization and the internet has shifted human culture to the point of global unity. Fashion, technology, art and music are converging in a brilliant symphony of human expression. What’s next, Is for the future to decide… I know that I want to be there to see it, write about it, and build it. 

-Garrett Kinsman 
March 2017. Bangalore, India.

May 22, 2017

Ola Play

Helped imagine, design, source, and launched Ola Play, the largest connected Ridesharing network on Earth. Each cab became part of a distributed computing network. Banglaore, India:

Mar 13, 2017

Updated No Parking Signage

While voyaging manhattan, it seems that "No Parking" signs are designed to be as complicated as possible. This is likely to derive city revenues in the form of parking tickets. Parking usually looks something like this:
Let me help describe: No Standing 11pm-7am including Sundays, no Standing 7am-4pm Mon-Fri, and No Parking 8am-6pm Mon-Fri. Also "Nigh Regulation" What? 
There has to be a better way, one that follows the way that humans read and think. Simple blocks, in a calendar like grid, with colors showing when not to park. Red means NO:
These are then filled with information showing when and when not to park:
 The only downside is that it may not be as visible from a distance than the older designs, and may not collect as many parking tickets. Next steps are to incorporate no standing and no parking. 

Jan 22, 2017

Natana Update

Logotype and repeater station 1km from slum
Natana is an experiment to drastically reduce the cost of internet access by enabling anyone to deploy and maintain carrier grade infrastructure. This test in a slum of Bangalore connected around one hundred people to a base station, feeding off a relay, connected to my house:
It turns out that one can build internet from found bamboo and PVC.
Interestingly enough, the villagers can maintain the last mile infrastructure for many months at a time. The microwave link and Wi-Fi antenna in the slum are solar powered:
Their 100AH lead acid battery + charge controller can power their phones, which they normally pay ~10 Rs to charge. These payments can pay for equipment, and backbone access:
This relationship between internet and energy just might enable the poorest 4 Billion humans get online.

Aug 19, 2016

Jetlag Apple Watch App

I found myself traveling from India, to China, to USA in a matter of a week. I ended up Terribly Jetlagged. So I created Jetlag.

Jetlag maps your sleep with Apple's Sleep API (Yet to be released) and creates notifications on when to take a nap based on sleep habits and artificial intelligence. This reduces fatigue and enables a smoother recovery.
Jetlag uses predictive learning to map one's circadian rhythm, enabling "Predictive Naps". Predictive naps are presented to the user as a push notification, "Take Nap" or "Dismiss". Tapping "Take Nap" creates a pre-set timer to resync one's body to their natural cycle. 

This will also require Apple to open up their faces API

Jul 10, 2016

Free Internet for my neighborhood

An experiment in deploying Free Interent andCrowd-funded Internet Access to the poor.

You are the internet:
First hook-up showing Bridge and AP
Close up of Ubiquity Nanosation 5.8 GHz Bridge:
Close up of Ubiquity Nanostation 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Access point:
 Host Access point connected to the Internet opposite park:
Fun Fact: The Free Internet in the Park is several times faster than Comcast in San Francisco.

It has begun!~

Apr 14, 2016

Apr 7, 2016

KaleKam Logo

Designed a logo for some friends building an Artificial Intelligence startup based around food. You take a photo of your food and it counts calories and nutrition, that simple. 
Hand drawn typography with bits of Avenir. 
A good few hour project!

Jan 15, 2016

Augmented Reality Interface for Military, Search and Rescue, and Space Applications

Soldiers, police, firefighters, astronauts, search and rescue workers all face the problem of managing information. This is an attempt to organize radios, comm links, encryption, health and power in an arm-mounted interface. The following is a design sketch for maps:
The first iteration would be a flexible e-ink display to be strapped to the wrist. Large touch points make it easy to use in the field with gloves or wet hands. As Augmented reality quickly develops, the interface moves from the wrist to virtual reality within AR sunglasses:

The interface is designed to adapt as technology quickly advances....

Nov 5, 2015

Smartphone design moving forward

Modern smartphones of 2015 are the same in almost every way. This is an attempt to differentiate, originally done in 2013. I simply inverted the image. It's my version of the perfect phone.
The only main differences I would change is move the headphone port to the bottom, along with USB C.

The Verge reviews the stone

My favorite project yet:
I worked with a talented EE, leading the design and manufacture of 800 prototype units. 
Reviewed by The Verge:

Oct 25, 2015

Extended battery module for Project ARA

ARA will be perfect for Industrial control applications. This battery pack allows it to operate in remote environments for extended periods.
Early Ara prototypes were falling apart, the concept above uses pushpins to lock modules din place. 

Alternative Reactor Designs

The physics and mechanics to power a fossil fuel free, nuclear powered future are quite well known. Todays coal power plans could operate using nuclear power plant designs from the 1960s and still be light years ahead of our current energy infrastructure.
Modern nuclear reactors are virtually indestructible, highly efficient, and very cheap to operate. So why haven't more reactors been built? The answer is fear. And politics. A new power reactor hasn't been built for the public in the US since the 1970s (while countries like China, France, and India are going full steam ahead with their light water reactors.
In comparison the reactor that blew up a Fukushima was from the 1970s and very similar to the designs used in the US today. Most experts think we should update our rusting fleet, and I agree. We know how to do it, and it would cost very little to do so. It is the political situation regarding nuclear power that is keeping us in the coal age. What we need to do is sway the opinion of politicians and the general public.  It is a marketing problem, and the future of humanity just might depend on it. 
This is a quick sketch I created to explore how nuclear reactors might be able to appear more friendly. Reactor technology has advanced so far, that the US military us using dozens of small reactors to power floating cities (Aircraft carriers) with people living and sleeping safely just a few hundred feet away from the reactor core. There is no reason (besides the current political situation) that a nuclear reactor cannot power schools, factories, and agriculture. Experimental designs are even safer, requiring less maintenance.
The Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, that powered the first 16 years of my life (Democrat and Chronicle)
Currently operating plants were generally built in the 1970s and 80s, huge monolithic designs with truly scary architecture. The "Communist green" building above holds a gigantic pressurized water reactor that powered my home growing up. Even old designs can be operated safely, but experts are raising questions as most reactors in the US are having their lifetimes extended 20 years beyond ther spec. If we're going to build new power plants, they must look attractive and safe, and seem different than the "Old unsafe designs of yore" .If we're going to be building one in our backyards, they're going to need a new look, new style, and a new brand.

Aug 27, 2015

An experiment in Bitcoin

The problem with modern cryptocurrency is that it is quite intangible to the average person. In order to see widespread adoption, Bitcoin must be made simple to understand. Normally, the currency is transferred by a string of text [or a private key]. Most people can't understand that a string of text can hold value, people need something physical to associate that value with.

I along with two colleagues designed a physical version of Bitcoin. Many attempts have been made, but this was the simplest (and most attractive) we could conceive. A database has been designed  to handle the wallet generation, alongside the creation of QR codes and unique identifiers.  Each "coin" is unique and any value can be associate with each "Coin". My role was to create the designs, and layout the several hundred unique "coins" for print.

A fun experiment in product design! I hope to see these end up all over the world!