Life Illuminated is one of those projects that looks a lot simpler than it is. It’s biomedical engineering meets dance meets Tron cosplay. The guys who put it together come from incredibly divergent backgrounds (Nathan Makowski and Daniel Tan are both post-docs in biomedical engineering and Joshua Brown is a company member at Inlet Dance) and you would think that they were brought together by some third party. But the cool thing is that they’re all friends and roomates and are keeping the project going, not so much as a labor of love, but as a kind of grand experiment that they’re having too much fun to stop doing.
The third floor of their house is filled with action figures, board games, toy spider robots, and soldering irons. But it doesn’t have that sad mad-scientist or introverted techno genius feel. They don’t want to build one cool robot. They want to build an army of cool robots mimicking the muscle movements of their human controllers — because it’s more fun to move and it’s more fun to play with friends.
This week, Scene's James Krouse talked to the Life Illuminated
team and learned, "That's cool!" is definitely the highest compliment you can pay them, especially if you're a producer at America's Got Talent.
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