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COZMO: LOST IN REDDIT
Live-Streamed Reddit-Inspired Escape Room Challenge Starring An Artificially Intelligent Robot.

We built a series of escape rooms inspired by different subreddits and challenged Redditors to help Anki's robot Cozmo succeed or fail to escape them.

The whole thing was streamed live across Reddit.

H.A.R.L.A.N.D.
Drive Thru Robot That Turns Any KFC Employee Into The Colonel.

We brought the Colonel back to the drive-thru by designing & building an voice-changing animatronic robot that integrates with a real drive-thru system.

The robot would repeat anything the drive through operator said in the voice of Colonel Sanders.

HARLAND appeared in a segment on Kimmel.

VIRTUAL COLONEL SANDERS
BRAND MASCOT TURNED VIRTUAL INSTAGRAM INFLUENCER
VIRTUAL COLONEL SANDERS
BRAND MASCOT TURNED VIRTUAL INSTAGRAM INFLUENCER
SOY ROUTE
Branded Dark Web Marketplace.

We built a market on the dark web for Soylent's core audience of early adopters (the kind of folks who would drink a complete meal replacement designed by a software engineer or buy nootropics on the dark web). You could use Bitcoin to buy the rarest and most special Soylent products.

The design, product listings, and stealth packaging were inspired by real dark web marketplaces.

PEE WORLD VR
VR app that solves 'Toilet Boredom' by letting you pee in various environments while you pee in a toilet.

As you know, peeing is boring and bathrooms are boring.

So Pablo and I set out to solve this problem by making a VR experience where you can pee anywhere while actually peeing in the safety of a real bathroom.

VERIZON IN MINECRAFT
Block-Based Cell Network "Simulation" In Minecraft.

We extended Verizon's network into Minecraft because video games are one of the few places the network doesn't already cover. We created a working block-based cell phone for Minecraft -- powered by custom plugins that turned photos, video and websites into blocks.

YouTubers made video calls, browsed the web, sent selfies, and ordered pizza without leaving the game.