John Dimatos will be one of the speakers at our upcoming PSFK Conference 2010, taking place on April 9th. John is a Resident Researcher at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and will be teaching 'Designing for UNICEF' in the fall.

John Dimatos will be one of the speakers at our upcoming PSFK Conference 2010, taking place on April 9th. John is a Resident Researcher at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and will be teaching ‘Designing for UNICEF‘ in the fall.

PSFK caught up with John recently to see what he's been up to.

What are you working on right now?

I'm collaborating with my ITP colleague Ithai Benjamin on a wall mounted puppet called “Otto the Resident” that provides answers to questions commonly asked of ITP residents.  Otto is one of my prototypes for physical interfaces to wikis. When you trigger a switch, a hidden audio speaker reads a random line from a specific wiki page. It's basically an elaborate scheme to solicit contributions to a FAQ page, but if you want Otto to read your pearls of wisdom to new students, you're going to have to register and learn some basic wiki syntax.

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