From bio-fueled robots to high-tech fashion — algae | Amanda Parkes | TEDxPacificPalisades

Amanda Parkes is a biomedia designer & technologist interested in how digital technologies and smart materials can expand our relationship with natural phenomena to facilitate a more intuitive connection interfacing technology to the natural world. She is the founder of Skinteractive Studio, developing fashion technology and hi-tech textile projects for use in areas ranging from performance to medicine. She is also the co-founder and CTO of Bodega Algae, a company developing modular, scalable, microalgae photobioreactors for the production of high-energy algal biomass for biofuel. She currently teaches in the Columbia University Department of Architecture and holds a PhD & M.S. in Tangible Media from the MIT Media Lab and B.S. in Product Design and a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University. Her work has been featured in various internationally recognized design and art awards including the ID Magazine Annual Design Review and the Prix Ars Electronica and she was named one of Mass High Tech’s ‘Women to Watch’ in technology for 2008.

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