• By Shaun Salzberg
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I am currently a research assistant in the “changing places” group at the MIT Media Lab. For my final project in a class I took this semester called “How To Make (Almost) Anything,” I designed and built a pair of internet-connected chess sets, which I’ve dubbed, “Shadow Chess.” The boards let you play a real game of chess with a remote opponent. When you move a piece on one board, it senses where it was moved and relays that information via wifi to the second board, which then “shadows” it by physically moving the piece to the appropriate square using magnets. The whole process involved numerous fabrication techniques that we learned throughout the semester, including 3D printing, molding and casting, laser cutting, CNC milling, circuit board design and production, embedded programming, and machine design.


Posted by: Shaun Salzberg | Wednesday December 19th, 2012 4:49 PM

Bio: I am currently a research assistant in the Changing Places group at the MIT Media Lab. For the three years prior, I dabbled in the New York City tech start-up scene as a web developer. I started out at the file-sharing service, drop.io and I later spent some time at the start-up incubator, QLabs. I've also done an extensive amount of work for M, the mysterious founder of The Master Theorem puzzling society. I graduated from Columbia University in 2008 with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Economics. At Columbia, I was heavily involved in the Association for Computing Machinery and worked in the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces lab. In my free time I focus on personal projects, which range from making games and puzzles to voice-activating my apartment.

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