Margarita Benitez – Lead Instigator:
Margarita Benitezhas an interdisciplinary background that mixes art and technology, interface design, tangible computing, 3D, architecture and fiber and material studies. She is always looking at new technology, whether software or hardware, to learn, explore and subvert. Margarita’s passion lies in interactivity and interaction design with an emphasis on interactivity in textiles and fashion. Her work explores the role of technology in contemporary fashion and art. She holds a M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and is currently the Fashion Technologist and Assistant Professor at Kent State University. Please visit her website at http://margaritabenitez.com/ or http://benitezvogl.com/
Ed Bennett – Hardware:
Ed Bennett specializes in supporting and collaborating with people who use physical computing and mechatronic technology in art and design. He designs and builds devices and systems using mechatronic, electrical, electronic, electromechanical, mechanical, and microcontroller technologies. He works with groups and individuals on projects, consults on project conceptualizations, builds prototypes, and teaches workshops. Please visit his website at http://kineticsandelectronics.com/
Chris Yanc – Software:
Chris Yanc is a Professional Interactive Designer and Developer based in NE Ohio. His expertise is within multi-touch screen development using FTIR technology with they help of the NUI Group Community. He is also working on multi sensory interactive designs for national and international clients. His quickest update on experiments about this emerging opportunity can be found on http://cyancdesign.com
Markus Vogl – Project Manager, Web Design:
Markus Vogl is a NE Ohio based media artist experimenting in multiple sensory experiences combining sound, environments and interactive installation. He has exhibited internationally in the U.S. and Europe and has been recognized in Leonardo magazine for his collaboration Circadian Capital. Markus is also a designer servicing clients like mun2 or mtv latino in his former Miami, FL business pixel foundry. He holds a Masters of Fine Art degree in New Media from Donau Universitaet Krems/transart institue. He currently is an Assistant Professor at the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron.
Please visit his website at http://benitezvogl.com/
Gary Shimomura – All things Mechanic:
Gary Shimomura is OSLOOM’s fabrication and manufacturing Guru, having developed machines for facilities all over the world his background and experience bring invaluable insight to the OSLOOM team.