I am Ali Shtarbanov and my mission is to reduce barriers to creativity and to make innovation and prototyping in emerging fields faster and more accessible for everyone. I develop general-purpose tools and platforms that enable makers, researchers, artists, and designers to rapidly turn ideas into reality. Inspired by platforms like Arduino and Raspberry PI that liberated electronics and computing for everyone, my current work focuses on building and deploying on a global scale novel hardware & software platforms for rapid prototyping with soft robotics, programmable materials, and wearable haptics.
I am currently a Ph.D. student at MIT Media Lab.
Research Projects and Collaborations
Capacitive-Touch Storytelling & Drawing Interface
Personalized Movie Recommendations via Physiological Responses of Viewers
General-Purpose PCB Designs
Universal MCU Shield
A wiring shield that drastically simplifies wiring complexity during rapid prototyping with most microcontrollers
Vortex Generator Driver
A driver board suitable for any speaker-based vortex generator with up to 6 transducers