Capoeira Cru

While in England, I don’t get to train as regularly as I like, so it was nice to have this send of before leaving LA over the summer.

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My Smarter Essex

This past October I was able to join Anglia Ruskin University’s Research and Innovation Development Office working with the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) to host “My Smarter Essex,” an event aimed at engaging school children on the smarter design of a Future Essex.

The event consisted of talks focused around establishing smarter cities, lifestyles, mobility, and security, and additionally allowed kids to interact with exhibitions and demonstrations revolving around smart and interconnected devices. Some of the demonstrations included:

  • Health games and apps
  • Smart football: real time tracking and analytics
  • Pokémon Go! Challenge
  • Medical devices and gadgets
  • Home internet of things (IoT) demonstration: smart phone control of devices
  • Safe and eco driving simulator
  • Audio bone conductor: hear things through your skin!
  • HTC Vive virtual reality headset
  • HERO autonomous car

Cambridge Festival of Ideas/Cambridge Science Festival – Safe and Sound Drive

During the 2015-2016 Academic Year I was able to assist Arne Nykanen and CoDE Research at both the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and the Cambridge Science Festival.  Both were great opportunities to engage with the public and show off some of the recent projects within CoDE.  I assisted Arne showing of his Safe and Sound Drive project, which ultimately is a driving simulator that rewards the efficient driving with a pleasant auditory experience.

The creative aspect of the simulation is that the audio the driver listens to is affected by their speed.  If you drive to slow, you lose high frequency sounds of the audio and it sounds muddy, too fast and you loose the low frequency sounds.  When are driver drives within a preset speed range the audio sounds natural and you can hear the full frequencies of the music. Arne was able to apply the sound filters to pre-recorded music, talk radio, live radio, and music from portable listening devices

Capoeira Angola at Griffith Park

Before heading to the UK to start my Ph.D in the fall of 2015, I had a chance to visit my favourite Capoeira Angola group. I train Capoeira Contemporanea, or Contemporary Capoeira, which is very high velocity, momentum-based and involves acrobatics, aerials, fast kicks, and roughly 2 minute or less games. Capoeira Angola is viewed as “traditional Capoeira,” as it was one of the first styles carried over by the African slaves in Brasil, and is more slow-paced, requires much more strength and endurance, and games can last up to 10-12 minutes long.