A self-described polymath, Quitmeyer holds undergrad degrees in film and industrial engineering.
In a sense, his Master’s experiments disrupted societal assumptions, often by grossing out or messing with folks on the street.
Another was a stereo-smelling device that mimicked insects’ dual antennas that allow them to smell directionally.
Quitmeyer was simulating nature with cheap robo parts from a remote workbench.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is a lot smaller than the state average.
The Stitchfest hackathon at UPenn didn’t know what was coming when Andrew Quitmeyer and Firaz Peer built an Arduino-powered genital shocker for their DIY hacking contest.
“They’re both about interacting with senses of animals that we usually ignore in most interaction design.
One example, a simulated woodpecker, increasingly freaked out ant colonies as the robopecker pecked at different biologically accurate rhythms.
As he began holding workshops to teach the scientists how to build their own animal-interacting bots, he fell in love with the roaming experimental nature of these scientists’ lives.
He upped to a Ph D in Digital Naturalism at Georgia Tech and started scrounging personal money to fly back to Panama to continue his animal and robotic studies.
This was no stunt: Quitmeyer intends for the DIY sex toy to be one of an open source suite when he opens Comingle next August–what he hopes will be the “Adafruit of sex toys.”The “Electric Eel” prototype uses multiple conductors to zap the wearer’s shaft with low-voltage electricity–which is physically stimulating and definitely won’t burn, Quitmeyer insists, who bravely donned the prototype in front of hackathon judges.
Though none of them would try out the prototype, says Peer, one licked an equivalent electrode-lined sheet of fabric…and found it pleasurably shocking.