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Jas Brooks, a Computer Science PhD student at UChicago advised by Prof Pedro Lopes, focuses on chemical interfaces, devices that chemically manipulate the human senses. Their work includes power-efficient thermal feedback, versatile haptic actuators, and digitizing stereo-smell. Jas earned ACM CHI Best Paper awards, was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and is currently an intern at Microsoft Research. In spare time, Jas does media archaeology & conservation of historical scent technologies.
September 2012 - June 2016
University of Chicago
Field of study
- Computer Science
We propose a new class of haptic devices that provide haptic sensations by delivering liquid-stimulants to the user’s skin; we call this chemical haptics. Upon absorbing these stimulants, which contain safe and small doses of key active ingredients, receptors in the user’s skin are chemically triggered, rendering distinct haptic sensations. We iden...
Low-fidelity prototyping is so foundational to Human-Computer Interaction, appearing in most early design phases. So, how do experts prototype olfactory experiences? We interviewed eight experts and found that they do not because no process supports this. Thus, we engineered Smell & Paste, a low-fidelity prototyping toolkit. Designers assemble olfa...
Everyday life hinges on smell, taste, and temperature-based experiences, from eating to detecting potential hazards (e.g., smell of rotten food, microbial threats, and non-microbial threats such as from hazardous gases) to responding to thermal behavioral changes. These experiences are formative as visceral, vital signals of information, and contri...
Have we escaped the hype and death cycles that have plagued the history of virtual reality? In the last few years, as commercial virtual reality headsets and systems have become accessible, content developers, film festivals, and---most intriguing---galleries and museums are dipping their toes in the virtual pool.