I am Ali Shtarbanov and my mission is to remove 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. Read more on the about page.

I am an Electrical & Systems Engineer and an HCI Researcher, pursuing a Ph.D. at MIT Media Lab. 

Research Projects and Collaborations

Other Works



Interactive Interface + Storyboard for an Escape Room that uses static electricity to bend water. Product Design Course at MIT


Interactive Challenge + Storyboard for an Escape  Room based on the Chladny Plate Phenomenon. Graduate Product Design Course at MIT


Interactive Interface + Storyboard for an Escape Room based on the Hydrodynamic Levitation Effect. Product Design Course at MIT


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 

Device Libraries for Arduino/C++