Hi, I'm Sam Slover

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About

I'm a designer and developer working on interactive technology projects in NYC. I'm the founder of Sage, a smarter food labeling platform. I previously co-founded Learn It Live, an online learning website that connects people to health and wellness experts in live video sessions. I was also an inaugural member of First Round Capital's Dorm Room Fund, where I invested in NYC student-run companies. I've also worked on social entrepreneur initiatives with communities in Honduras and India, and helped launch a seed capital program at a micro-finance firm in Bolivia (where I am dancing in the background!). My design work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, Mashable, PSFK, and BBC. I'm a graduate of New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program where I am currently an adjunct professor. Contact: sam@samslover.com.

Projects

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Wrap Genius

Wrap Genius is a personal journey into better food labeling. For 12 weeks, I carefully tracked all of my grocery purchases, recorded the data, and created a new visual framework to better make sense of it all. It's my dream food label, designed for the interests of the consumer.

Technologies
Node.js, MongoDB, Express.js, Client-side Javascript, JQuery, HTML5/CSS3, Visual Design (Illustrator)

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Project Website

Press
INC Magazine, Fast Company, PSFK, Visualy

Anicca

Anicca is a 4-minute coded animation installed on the 120-foot screen at NYC's IAC Building. It presents a generative universe governed by impermanence and change. Within Annica, a select set of performers are able to influence the formation of all constructed phenomena.

Technologies
Processing, Java, LEAP Motion, After Effects

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Performance Video

Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a mobile app that allows people to leave location-specific notes for their friends to find. Once the person gets to the location of the note, they receive it, but not before.

Technologies
Android, Node.js, MongoDB, Heroku, Interface Design

Press
BBC Video Coverage

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Concept Video, Launch Page

economz

economz is a data visualization project that helps people make sense of their carbon foodprint. By creating meals using popular food items, economz shows the associated carbon footprint using a gauge we’re more familiar with: car miles traveled.

Technologies
Arduino, RFIDs, Processing, Ruby

Press
China Dialogue

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Project Website, Interaction Video

Pop Pop: A Living Pedestrian Signal

Pop Pop re-imagines New York’s Pedestrian Signals by giving them real human emotion -- based on real-time data of a location -- that influences their interactions with passer-byers. Are there too many jaywalkers? How crowded is the corner? Is it rainy? Bad traffic? Pop Pop is aware of all of this data and reacts accordingly.

Technologies
Node.js, Web Sockets, Arduino Yun, LED Matrix, Digital Fabrication

Press
FastCo.Exist, Complex, PSFK, New York Observer, Washington Square News, NYU Local, This Big City

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Project Website, Project Blog, Interaction Video

The Nature of Overfishing

The Nature of Overfishing is an interactive Web aquarium that tells the tale of the world's declining fish populations over the last 100 years. The project goal was to take important data that at first glance can be a bit dry and turn it into something fun, visually appealing, and easy to explore.

Technologies
Processing.js, Javascript, Front-end Web Dev + Design

Press
Mashable, The Guardian, China Dialogue, The Fish Site

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Web Demo

nybl

nybl is a mobile app that gives people a better and more personal way to learn about all the food they're interested in buying. With nybl, the user scans a barcode and sees the food product information they most care about in a format that is personalized to their unique preferences and background.

Technologies
Android, Node.js, MongoDB, Heroku, Interface Design

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Concept Video

Learn It Live

Learn It Live is an online learning website that connects people to health and wellness experts around the world. We have a community of thousands of experts who teach real-time classes to both organizational and individual customers. I was the product co-founder.

Technologies
Javascript, Front-end Web Dev + Design, PHP/MySQL

Press
Entrepreneur.com

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Learn It Live Website

Dorm Room Fund

Dorm Room Fund is a student-run venture firm that invests in student-run companies in the Greater New York area. I am an investor on the founding investment team. I also designed and built the Dorm Room Fund website and blog.

Technologies
Node.js, MongoDB, Heroku, Front-end Web Dev + Design

Press
Business Insider, Forbes

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Dorm Room Fund Website

Amplify Burundi

Amplify Burundi is a project for "Design for UNICEF" that teaches Burundian women and children how to build lighting units that make existing small-scale, personal lighting into bigger, room lighting. The project goal was to make small, cheap lighting bigger with no additional power sources.

Technologies
Prototype materials (aluminum, water bottles, etc.), CAD Rendering (Rhino), Illustrated Manual (Adobe Illustrator)

Press + More Info
UNICEF Stories

Creative Code {Me}

Creative Code {Me} is an educational program that matches creative coding mentors to K-12 classrooms. We started the program based on the belief that creative coding could be introduced across ALL subjects, and that experienced mentors could be made available to help teachers get this content into their classrooms.

Technologies
Javascript, Front-end Web Dev + Design, PHP/MySQL

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Creative Code {Me} Website

ITP 2014 + LIVE

ITP 2014 is a community-driven website that showcases the identity of the ITP Class of 2014 through shared experiences and activities. There is also "LIVE" mode where anyone from the class can log-in and swap their static photo with live video from their Webcam. The page essentially becomes a classwide video chat wall.

Technologies
Live Video, WebRTC, Javascript, Front-end Web Dev + Design, PHP/MySQL

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Web Demo

CO2 Nation

CO2 Nation is an interactive data visualization depicting US carbon emissions by state. The user can click on a state and see it emit carbon. The higher its CO2 emissions, the more it actually emits smoke carbon.

Technologies
Processing.js, Javascript, Front-end Web Dev + Design

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Web Demo

ITP Thesis Streaming

ITP Thesis Streaming is a live streaming system for NYU ITP's thesis presentations. For this project, we redesigned and rebuilt the streaming interface to work with HTML5. We also added a component where virtual audience members could be broadcast into the room to ask a question in real time.

Technologies
Live Video, WebRTC, Javascript, Front-end Web Dev + Design

Street Beacon

Street Beacon is a submission for the NYC Reinvent Payphone Challenge, providing real-time, hyper-local info for each payphone. With Street Beacon, every NYC payphone is turned into a sentient agent that tweets real-time updates and messages about its neighborhood.

Technologies
Javascript, Python, Twitter API, Digital Fabrication

Press
DNAInfo, Tech President

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Street Beacon Website

Hacks

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twittervs

twittervs is a Web app that allows people to compare how two twitter topics are trending in real time. Are people tweeting more about Miley Cyrus or Hillary Clinton? Bieber or Obama? Pizza or salad?

Technologies
Node.js, Web Sockets, Twitter API

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Web Demo, Blog Post

Interactive Universe

Interactive Universe is a Web app that allows people to create 3D universes together in real time.

Technologies
Node.js, Web Sockets, Three.js

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Web Demo

Website Playground

I turned my old website into a playground in which standard Web elements become objects that can be played with by the user. Using the Javascript Box2D library, each HTML div object is a box that the user can manipulate.

Technologies
Javascript, Box2D, Front-end Web Dev + Design

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Web Demo

Interactive Portrait

Interactive Portrait is a Web app that allows people to create interactive artsy portraits in their browser.

Technologies
Live Video, WebRTC, Javascript, Paper.js Front-end Web Dev + Design

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Web Demo

Styletapp

Styletapp is a mobile app that allows users to keep track of the clothes they wear each day. To indicate they're wearing a clothing article on a given day, the user taps their phone to an NFC tag which is part of the clothing tag. The user’s home dashboard shows the clothing, along with information about how many times it’s been worn and when.

Technologies
Android, Node.js, MongoDB, Heroku, Interface Design

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Blog Post

Kanyeify Me

Kanyeify Me is a fun interactive music video that allows anyone to become their favorite hip hop superstar, Kanye West.

Technologies
Processing, Face Tracking

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Interaction Video

Collectabite

Collectabite is a shared nutrition system that tracks how often people are eating fruits and vegetables, and highlights the positive habits of individuals and the group.

Technologies
Arduino, Processing, Digital Fabrication

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Blog Post

Visualizing Lightning

Visualizing Lightning is a data visualization project that shows just where in the world lightning is striking.

Technologies
Processing.js, Javascript

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Web Demo

We Are What We Tweet

We Are What We Tweet is a visual tool that allows viewers to quickly see a breakdown of food tweets. Which foods do people tweet about a lot? Which ones are not so popular? And do people tweet about healthy or unhealthy foods more?

Technologies
Node.js, Web Sockets, Twitter API

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Web Demo, Blog Post

Interactive Photomosaics

Interactive Photomosaics allows people to easily create digital photomosaics. Users can enter “Explore Mode” to learn more about a cell.

Technologies
Processing

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Blog Post

Featured Press

A Radical Reimagining of the Good Old Food Label [INC Magazine]
Could Personalized Food Labels Help You Eat Better? [FastCo.Design]
Food Visualizer Tracks Actual Nutrition Of What You’re Eating Today [PSFK]
Living Street Signals That Make People Feel Better About Their Neighborhoods [FastCo.Exist]
Learn About Overfishing With This Interactive Web Aquarium [Mashable]
11 Whip-Smart Students Have Been Tasked With Finding The Next Mark Zuckerberg [Business Insider]
How Teaching English in Bolivia Sparked One Young Trep's Bankable Business Idea [Entrepreneur]
Tisch school: Creative brains map a smarter future [BBC]
Ocean scene: before and after overfishing [The Guardian]
America's First Interactive Crosswalk Sign Delivers Personal Messages To New Yorkers [Complex]
Find out the carbon footprint of the food you eat [China Dialogue]
Crosswalk Sign Changes Its Message Depending On Who Walks By [PSFK]
NYU Students Invent New York’s Own Computerized Crossing Guard [New York Observer]
Sentient Streets: A ‘Living’ Pedestrian Signal of the Future [This Big City]
Design for UNICEF student project: Amplifying light in Burundi [UNICEF Stories]
Graphic: the damaging effects of overfishing [China Dialogue]
Techies and Designers Imagine City's Payphone of the Future [DNAinfo]
Interactive crossing guard connects walkers on Waverly [Washington Square News]
Don’t Jaywalk, Because Robot Crossing Guard Pop Pop Is Watching [NYU Local]
Once Relics of a City's Past, Now in Plans for a Digital Future [TechPresident]
Declining Fish Populations Shown on Interactive Aquarium [The Fish Site]
Dorm Room Fund Site Redesign and Resident Advisor Program [Forbes]