Will Harris-Braun

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Personal Project

2020-05-16art

Can I get Haverford College to fund a non-art personal project that I'd like to do (building a 15-foot geodesic dome)? Turns out, the answer is YES! But how "artsy" did I have to make it for it to get funding? Personal Project aims to examine (and TEST) the inner workings of the Social Organism that is the college: the interlinked network of departments and groups that acts as a decision-maker on its own, uncontrollable by any one individual. What does this Organism consider art? What does it consider valuable? This experiment provides a little data, and I get my geodesic dome's materials paid for.

Materials: Steel conduit; bolts, nuts, washers

ZoomMuter

2021-4-27project

Physical mute and video buttons for Zoom meetings. Cardboard prototype followed by a final build with a snap-fit case and custom three-color 3D-printed oversized keycaps.

Technologies: Arduino Fusion 360 Ultimaker S5

Very Slow Movie Player

2021-03-24project

My implementation of the Very Slow Movie Player (invented by Bryan Boyer), based on the instructions by Tom Whitwell. Plays a movie over months or years instead of hours on an e-Paper display. I helped revamp the code, designed and manufactured plastic and wooden cases for the VSMP, and wrote an assembly guide.

Technologies: Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 800×480 7.5inch e-Paper display Python Fusion 360 Ultimaker S5 Shopbot CNC Router

Magnetic Rainbow Tail-light for Bike Helmet

2021-03-17project

Rechargeable, programmable multicolor light for a bike helmet. Attaches magnetically and with a snap-fit.

Technologies: Arduino Pro Micro NeoPixel Ultimaker S5 Fusion 360

syn

2021-01-10software

Generalized Holochain DNA and UI library for building real-time shared-state Holochain apps.

Technologies: Holochain Svelte HMTL & CSS

The Society for Truth in Language

2020-08-10website

Jokey McWebsite representing an adamant organization standing for linguistic and orthographical integrity. Collaboration with Bear.

Technologies: HTML CSS JavaScript Google Sheets API

Scrabblebag.org

2020-07-21website

Correspondence scrabble with multiple boards for playing synchronized, remote, physical Scrabble. Available for two to four players. Also available at scrabblepouch.com.

Technologies: JavaScript HTML CSS Apache

A project's long tail

2020-02-06art

Piece shown in the Haverford College student art exhibition "20/20 VISION".

Technical creative projects are most often seen when finished, but a great deal of messy, impulsive work goes into a project before it reaches a neat final form. By exposing the long, thin chain of iteration that precedes a final work, A project's long tail seeks to make visible the imperfection and trial-and-error that accompany the technical creative process, and to showcase the beauty and freedom that this process creates. Additionally, the work aims to demystify the feeling of instantaneity with which works are usually presented and display the meandering and uncertain path that leads to a finished project's exhibition.

Materials: Ink, pencil on paper; 3D printed PLA, resin; cardboard

Photo by Patrick Montero/Haverford College

dogs find out

2020-01-02music

My first EP. Four electronic/ambient/experimental tracks made in a week using only free software.

Made with: GarageBand Audacity iPhone microphone

Acorn

2019-07-20software

Collaborative project management dependency tree, built on Holochain. Also, I built stopgap tools emulating some of Acorn's behavior in Miro, which later informed development of the Acorn Holochain app.

Technologies: JavaScript HTML CSS Miro Holochain Rust React + Redux

Subconscious Sense for WiFi Networks

2019-05-11art

Final Project for the class Body Media: Wearable Technology and Digital Bodies, shown in the culmitating exhibition: "Data-Body, Body-Data."

WiFi networks blanket our homes and cities, bringing with them incredible connectivity, but also a danger to privacy. They increase the immediacy with which data about you can be broadcast around the world at light speed, enabling videos and pictures to be streamed live to the world, location data reported, and more. In an effort to connect this relatively new layer of reality to innate and subconscious senses embedded in human biology, Subconscious Sense for WiFi Networks physically reacts to the number and strength of surrounding WiFi networks, mimicking the flailing of the Blue-Tailed Skink's tail as it thrashes when under attack or the fur of a cat as it stands on end when threatened. The piece is designed as a body-extension which augments the "default" human form with an unconscious sense for the invisible networks of the wireless world.

Materials: cardboard, Arduino, 3D printed polymer

Photo by Patrick Montero/Haverford College

AQO: Air Quality Object

2019-05-11project

Electronic sculpture that beautifully and passively displays the level of CO2 in the air.

Technologies: Adafruit Feather M0 Express Circuit Python NeoPixel Ultimaker 3 Fusion 360

Photography (summer 2018)

2018-07-25art

Photography work from the summer of 2018.

Shot on 35mm color film with a Canon EOS Rebel G

mirrorboard-mac

2018-02-13software

Elegant one-handed keyboard extension for Mac (inspired by xkcd).

Technologies: Karabiner-Elements Perl

Photography (MI, summer 2017)

2017-08-30art

Photography work from the summer of 2017.

Shot on 35mm color film with a Canon EOS Rebel G

Linocut Prints (2016)

2016-11-28art

Linoleum-cut printmaking work from 2016.

Materials: Oil-based ink on paper and canvas

The Ultimate Altimeter

2014-06-10project

Tiny arduino altimeter for RC planes, quadcopters, or anything really.

Technologies: Arduino PrintrBot Jr v2

magpi: the Micro Arduino Gaming Platform Interface

2014-03-14project

Retro hand-held gaming console built on Arduino. Collaboration with my dad.

Technologies: Arduino Pro Mini PrintrBot Jr v2

Quest for the Ojeran Gemerald

2013-03-21software

A text based adventure game in which you, an adventurer, explore the depths of a dangerous dungeon in order to find the fabled Ojeran Gemerald. Use text commands to move around and interact with the world, solve various puzzles, and find the Ojeran Gemerald.

Technologies: Clojure

Resume

My resume (Downloads as WILLHARRIS-BRAUN.pdf).