Jun 16, 2021



Not quite perfect, but noticing that a pixelated pattern creates a "jagged edge" between colors, when compared to a more rounded pattern. 

Jun 8, 2021


  my own camouflage pattern, based on the USMC AOR-2III,  Pencott, Multicam, and  German Flektarn. 

KINSMANPAT, AOR2 (USMC), KINSMANPAT (luminance adjusted), and PenCott Wildwood. 

Aug 5, 2020

Nodle M1

Co-founded, led ID and Production 

Jun 22, 2020

How to save the world

How to Save the Planet

Published originally to Medium

Four points on transitioning to sustainable energy

Image courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, adopted
The classical model of reducing civilizations’ impact on the environment goes as follows:
We need to completely transition from fossil fuels to renewables like solar and wind, all while using less energy. Spread the Love!
While these goals are certainly amiable, there is clear evidence that civilization will use significantly more energy, not less. While renewable generation is becoming increasingly affordable, there are challenges regarding energy storage, and industrial heat generation that today are currently not addressed:

The state of America today:

Image courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

You can see that society relies extensively on non-renewable based energy generation. Solar and Wind represent a tiny fraction, especially when it comes to transportation and industrial energy consumption.
What is even more interesting, is that 67.5% of all energy consumed in the United Stated is “rejected”, or wasted, primarily as heat. That means that more than half of all energy generated in the United States goes to waste.
It is my theory that the extent to which a civilization can expand is directly linked to its utilization of energy and information (more on information in another article). The Roman Empire operated on firewood, sending ships all over the Mediterranean to fell trees. The British empire was powered by coal. Today we live in a world run by oil, paid for by The Petroleum-Dollar.
While I agree we need to transition away from petrochemicals, this is clearly not going to happen until we have a better alternative. It is my argument that we need to do four things to save the planet, and thus develop an energy supply chain that will significantly reduce geopolitical conflict.
  1. Reduce the impact of Fossil Fuels
  2. Master Energy Storage
  3. Go Nuclear
  4. Invest in Fusion

Reduce the impact of Fossil Fuels

While we can scream and moan on the terrors of petrochemical energy generation, the state of civilization is that a vast majority of our energy comes from the ground, and consumption is accelerating.

Courtesy of the United States Energy Information Administration

What we can do now is work to reduce the impact of fossil fuels, and work hard to incentivize something better.
One of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of fossil fuels is to incentives the international adoption of carbon capture and carbon credits. New technologies, for example capturing 100% of the carbon generated from natural gas generation, can create net zero carbon emissions without massively changing existing infrastructure.
Carbon capture technologies must be incentivized by the Government, and cannot operate profitably today on their own. For example. It was government backed emissions credits, and loans that allowed Tesla to survive in its initial stages. Government subsidies of carbon capture will incentivize new technologies, and enable civilization to expand beyond the Era of Oil.
While carbon credits and capture help reduce the global carbon footprint, if you have ever driven through Beijing or Delhi, you know very well that burning a fuels is not sustainable.

Blood red sunsets over India, caused by pollution. Author

Master Energy Storage

Solar and wind has become cheaper than fossil fuel for electrical generation, yet critical issues remain when it comes to balancing the grid.

Image courtesy of Lazard

Grid balancing is matching supply and demand for when we need it most. When this goes wrong, the lights go out (something very common if you’ve ever lived in India). While Solar and wind cost less per MWh during peak generation, we humans use most energy In the mornings and at night. We humans are not very good at storing energy, and most solutions like Batteries remain expensive.
In order for renewables to replace petrochemical energy generation, we need to master energy storage, whether hydroelectric or battery banks. The good news is that this is happening:

Image courtesy of Bloomberg NEF

In addition, countries like India need to rapidly develop domestic supply chains, and tax incentives for domestic production of batteries. Today the supply chain for lithium battery production are centralized between one factory in Nevada (Tesla Gigafactory), and China.

Build Nuclear Reactors

Image courtesy of British Petroleum
What is clear is that civilizations’ demand for energy is never going to wane. To say “simply use less energy” is to tell the next 10 billion people on Earth to never own a car or a washing machine, and to wash dishes by hand. This is never going to happen, and is offensive to the billions of people working every day who simply aspire to attain a higher standard of living.
Our standard of living requires electricity, and if we do not change things rapidly, this standard of living for the next 10 Billion people will be powered by Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas.
Nuclear reactors have reached the point many years ago that they have become passively safe (meaning if the power goes out they use convection and heat dissipation to passively shut down, instead of exploding). Modern reactors can even generate more fuel than they burn (a concept quite counterintuitive, called a breeder reactor).
Let’s look at this one more time: Civilization has the means to create energy with methods that generate more fuel than they consume; And we aren’t using it.
Think about that for a moment.
New technologies like molten salt reactors are far more efficient in regards to thermal cycles and produce exponentially less waste. Some chemistries (like thorium based molten salt reactors) even make it very difficult to convert reactor fuel into weapons grade materials.
There remains tremendous uncertainty and political issues surrounding nuclear power, primarily due to proliferation concerns and historical accidents. What is clear is that we need to replace our current fleet of reactors, many being General Electric Boiling Water Reactors, of the same make that blew up in Japan.
We have the technology to build safe, effective nuclear power that can completely replace our dependence on oil, and address waste and proliferation concerns.
It is unclear if a transition from fossil fuels can be made with solar and wind alone. I would argue that a transition to renewables alone is unfeasible anytime soon due to the nascent energy storage supply chains and high costs; This is especially so in places like India and China where demand for energy is increasing exponentially, or even in California where a vast majority of energy comes from natural gas.

What’s Next

Courtesy of Lockheed Martin

It is clear that it’s going to take a moonshot to keep much of Earths’ megacities ending up like Delhi or Beijing. In my opinion the answer requires something crazy, something risky, something like fusion. Our world is filled with exponential regressions, for example computing power, or cost of Solar, or the speed of human craft. These technologies not only get better over time, but they get exponentially better.
A great example of this is our ability to make superconducting materials that operate at high temperatures (a critical component to nuclear fusion). The same technology that will enable us to build fusion reactors is not only getting better, but is getting exponentially better:

Timeline of Superconductivity:

Image courtesy of Pia Jensen Ray via Wikipedia

Groups such as MIT’s Commonwealth Fusion Systems , Lockheed Martin Skunkworks Fusion Project, and so many others are making tremendous progress in the space. It is my perspective that we need to accelerate.
So I agree with environmentalists, the Elon Musks of the world, let’s look up to the sun, but not as a source of solar energy, but as proof that fusion can be done.

Mar 15, 2020

Cryptocurrency Cards

A step up from my earlier post using cryptographic elements

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