Despite being closed the FuseBox community is still going strong. We thought now would be a nice opportunity to round up some of the exciting projects FuseBox residents are continuing to work on during the lockdown.

George Butler has continued his work at the University of Sussex, working with the Knowlege Transfer Network on the design and commercialisation process and is currently in talks with Sony to involve them. He is also working on helping the Brighton based radio station, Platform B to interact with their audience through the online virtual platform Mozilla Hubs.

Ben Simmonds has rewired his home music studio to continue with his research into immersive audio. Due to the challenge of finding test subjects during the lockdown he has begun writing the code to process the data from his research. Ben is keen to speak to anyone with audio engineering experience.

Julian Weaver has been building an AR project for a festival which is rapidly being adapted to be digital and contact-free. He is looking into thermochromic stickers and ultrasonics to build contact-free exhibits. Julian is also working on a new Rasberry Pi audio hack to livestream for International Dawn Chorus Day - a 24 hour broadcast of sunrises across the world. Lastly, Julian is prototyping an app that will allow users to visit galleries and arrange visiting appointments.

Marcin Cieslak has been taking part in the lockdown sound challenge which involves people across the world getting together, sharing sounds and then making music from them within 1 hour. The challenge takes place every Tuesday and they are working to get as many producers and creatives involved as possible.

Piotr Nierobisz has a few projects in the pipeline. He recently won a job through the Wired Sussex Commissions and Briefs board regarding the building of a VR ride for Brighton Pier. Piotr has enjoyed finally being able to create his own content as well as developing and has been working on designing assets using VR tools such as Google Tiltbrush and Poly. Piotr has also been working on building modular apps for a company, with a focus on the final product being as reusable as possible for future events.

Body Rocket have been continuing to develop a physical product for their cycling aerodynamic tracking sensors. They are currently talking to six or seven different Universities to have them organise ongoing research with the Body Rocket equipment. They are looking to offer internships to students who have had their placements cancelled due to Covid19.

Simon Scott has continued his research into sim racing. The sector has "gone crazy" since motorsports have stopped globally. With sponsors trying to keep some business alive the sim racing sector has exploded overnight.

Lastly, Andy Baker has been experimenting with various machine learning API's to see if he can integrate them with Unity. He is looking at ways to fake depth cameras using machine learning however it can currently only run at 2 frames per second! He is keen to hear from anyone interested in grabbing images live in real-time for machine learning to get in touch.

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