I am an Industrial Designer, Interdisciplinary Engineer, and serial entrepreneur who designs, engineers, and develops revolutionary products for a better future. For those who believe in astrology, I was born in the year of the Mac. In 1984, a grinning, bow-tied Steve Jobs unveiled the Mac: a vision for an alternative future. For myself and other product designers who grew up on Apple, the company imprinted a set of unshakable expectations for tomorrow's products: they must be friendly, understandable, and online. I especially admire those products which are built on a technical feat of science, thereby advancing society with a new widespread capability.
For me, physical things provide a deeper potential to affect change than websites do. I think its because, at the end of the day, we are physical creatures and find deeper intuition, joy, and permanence with things in our physical environment.
Ted holds a Bachelor of Inventive Design Engineering (BSE) Degree from Purdue University, and a Master of Industrial Design (MID) Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He has also studied architecture and society in Copenhagen, Denmark and around Scandinavia.
In 2010, Ted founded Tomorrow Lab®, a New York City based hardware development consultancy that researches, designs, and engineers revolutionary products that steer communities toward a better future. He does speaking events on the future of design and technology (see below). In the past, Ted has been an Adjunct Professor of Product Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia where he organized and taught the Opening Audio design studio course, has worked at Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Armchair Media, Epidemik Coalition, and taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Architecture.
Alongside Tomorrow Lab®, Ted helped start and/or propel the following start-ups:
WayCount™, an open data platform for crowdsourcing automobile and bicycle traffic counts.
Windowfarms™, an opensource citizen science project exploring how to provide fresh food to urban dwellers.
littleBits, a growing library of discrete electronics that snap together with magnets to allow fast prototyping of sensors and displays.
Social Bicycles™, an affordable bike share system which puts all mobile communications on the bikes themselves.
DoTank:Brooklyn, an action-oriented group of urban planners, architects, and designers who use boot-strapping and guerilla tactics to bring attention and positive improvements to the local community.
Bring to Light NYC, the city's version of the global Nuit Blanche night-time arts event format where public spaces are illuminated with electronic art for one night every year.
SPEAKING EVENTS, WRITTEN PIECES, & WORKSHOPS
THEODORE ULLRICH (1984)
Photo by Ewan Burns
Below are three videos of simple prototypes that explore possibilities for tangible display alternatives for digital information. During the Spring of 2009, I focused on research and development of tangible displays of digitally-conveyed information for my Masters of Industrial Design thesis at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Download the research paper here (33mb PDF): Development of a Tangible Display and Metric for Qualitative Human to Human Electronic Communications.