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James Nick Sears

James Nick Sears
Designer | Developer | Engineer, Independent contractor

Website | @relevante

As an interactive artist and designer, Nick Sears explores the
boundaries between physical and virtual, and between reality and
illusion. A start in music combined with a love of technology
illuminates Sears’ quest to create new means to affect the human
experience. In 2006, midway through the Interactive
Telecommunications Program at NYU, he created The Orb, the first in a
series of three-dimensional display surfaces, aimed at visualizing our
planet Earth. His work has been a part of exhibitions and events such
as SIGGRAPH, Wired NextFest, Coachella, and TED and has been featured
in The New York Times. He recently put the finishing touches on his
latest piece, the third in the Orb series, which has been featured in
exhibitions in Singapore and Dublin, Ireland and is slated to appear
at NEXT ’09 in Aarhus, Denmark in early April.


Pulse is a hacker lab launching a spatial social metrics platform. We build hardware and software tools to track, analyze, and visualize social movement within an environment. The platform relies heavily on open source tools, and said platform will be open sourced itself in the near future.
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • IEEE
  • Make magazine
  • Orange Labs