On this page you find the fruit of off-hours labor, me just having fun in addition to some serious work. Most have been posted on previous – discontinued – sites, and these references inside PDF and documents have not been updated. Free to download, free to enjoy.
A cognitive psychologist (John Flach) and an industrial design engineer (Fred) draw from their experiences trying to make technology work for people to reflect on the foundations of Cognitive Science and Product Design, inspired by Pirsig’s Metaphysics of Quality described in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This book takes the reader on a journey beyond ‘information processing’ and the computer metaphor, toward ‘meaning creation’ as inspired by recent discoveries in dynamics and selforganizing systems, beyond the conventional dichotomy of mind and matter to explore a world of ‘what matters’.
On viewpoint parallax for Medical surgery / Laparoscopy. This thesis explores the Delft Virtual Window System [DVWS, App. I, Smets 1995b, Overbeeke et al. 1988, using viewpoint parallax to create 3D/provide spatial information] for laparoscopy aiming to restore perception/action coupling for the surgeon. It describes the design of an instrument (robot arm) that provides the surgeon with direct control over the laparoscope during operation, and through the restored perception/action coupling allows for better spatial awareness.
The working prototype was successfully tested in a practical setting demonstrating the surgeon’s ability to perform an operation without needing assistance to operate the laparoscope.
Pixar’s Cars in Papercraft
Cartoons (pdf, free to download)
The Brusino Monster – Part one. A strange sound, disappearing fish, and a network of tunnels and caves leads to an incredible discovery. Based on real events, well the sound and the fish. The Monster still is an unconfirmed rumour.
Originally, back in 2006, color-printed as small A5 booklet and distributed to the children of the primary school in Brusino Arsizio
The Brusino Monster – Part two. A mysterious bible in the old church of Morcote shows reference to the bruising monster. What is the relation and why is the monk hiding it?
.. more short cartoons (pdf, also free to download)
Too late to return a book?
Importance of dashboards
A night in the lab