The Hybrid Ecologies Lab (H•E•L) explores scientific research, design, and art through the innovation, development, deployment, and evaluation of novel physical devices and interactive systems that advance our computing culture, encourage broad participation by non-experts within science and engineering, improve human health and well-being, and provoke critical debate and inquiry concerning our existing and emerging technological society.


Jacobs Insitute

Katherine Song receives Spark Grant!
Hybrid Ecologies member Katherine Song is awarded a Jacobs Spark grant for her work on Designing for Un-Making.

Snap Research

2019 Snap Research Fellowship & Scholarship Announced!
Hybrid Ecologies member Molly Nicholas is awarded a Snap Research Fellowship for her work in performative augmented reality!


MatchSticks project appears in Hackaday
A CNC woodworking tool that does the hard parts

SyFy Wire

HäirIÖ makes waves in the SyFy community.
Human hair could become interactive technology

Boing Boing

Human hair as a computer interface
UC Berkeley researcher and artist Eric Paulos and his students continue their explorations of "cosmetic computing" ...


HäirIÖ featured on Hackaday blog
HäirIÖ: An Interactive Extension of the Self

Arduino Blog

HäirIÖ featured on Arduino blog
These interactive hair extensions can communicate over Bluetooth

HäirIÖ featured on Hackster blog
HäirIÖ Turns Hair Extensions into an Interactive Medium


Hybrid Ecologies member Sarah Sterman wins CrowdFlower’s AI for Everyone Challenge
The LiterAIry project receives $25,000 to crowdsource human judgments of style in literature, in order to train machine learning models that can understand and help visualize written style.

Bantam Tools

Kevin Tian appears in Bantam Tools PR material talking MyPart air quality sensor.
Bantam Tools introduces their latest Desktop PCB Milling Machine


Adobe Looks To The Future With AI And Maker Programs For Everyone
Ellustrate, our collaboration with Adobe, featured on Forbes.

Hybrid Ecologies

Tomás Vega Galvez wins Lemelson-MIT Prize!
Hybrid Ecologies member Tomás Vega Galvez wins the Lemelson-MIT Prize for WheelSense, an open-source smart add-on system for wheelchairs!

Adafruit Industries

Aesthetic Electronics featured on Adafruit.
Will This New Tech Encourage More Beautiful Circuits?

Othermachine Blog

Build a Portable, Low Cost, Open Source Air Particle Counter
UC Berkeley student builds a low-cost, open source air particle counter for less than $100.

Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Light Up Your Body with Temporary Tattoo Circuits
With conductive ink, electroluminescent panels, LEDS, and more, temporary tattoos get an electrifying upgrade.

Adafruit Industries

How to Make a Powerful Air Quality Wearable #WearableWednesday #Wearabletech #CitizenScience
As part of my exciting tech life, I was helping my hackerspace with a grant the other night and suggested doing a wearable air quality sensor workshop to tie in with city data. Well, don’t yo…


A Portable, Accurate, Low-Cost, Open Source Air Particle Counter
If you live in a city with poor air quality you may be aware that particulates are one of the chief contributors to the problem. Tiny particles of soot from combustion, less than 10μm across, hence commonly referred to as PM10. These are hazardous because they can accumulate deep in the lungs, wherein all kinds of nasties can be caused.

East Bay Express

Living Room Light Exchange Salon Series: Where Tech and Art Converge
At the latest Living Room Light Exchange, some forty intellectual types sat on a sprawling rug inside an artist's live-work space in West Oakland.


ACM C&C 2019
C&C 2019
Hybrid Microgenetic Analysis
Using Activity Codebooks to Identify and Characterize Creative Process
Cesar Torres, Matthew Joerke, Emily Hill, and Eric Paulos
DIS 2019
Use Your Head!
Exploring Interaction Modalities for Hat Technologies
Christine Dierk
DIS 2019
Crafting Resistive Heaters within Thermoreactive Composites
Cesar Torres, Jessica Chang, Advaita Patel, and Eric Paulos
TEI 2019
A Conversation with Actuators
An Exploratory Design Environment for Hybrid Materials
Cesar Torres, Molly Nicholas, Sangyeon Lee, and Eric Paulos
DIS 2018
Statement Making
A Maker Fashion Show Foregrounding Feminism, Gender, and Transdisciplinarity
Johanna Okerlund, Madison Dunaway, Celine Latulipe, David Wilson, and Eric Paulos
DIS 2018
Guardians of Practice
A Contextual Inquiry of Failure-Mitigation Strategies within Creative Practices
Cesar Torres, Sarah Sterman, Molly Nicholas, Richard Lin, Eric Pai, and Eric Paulos
DIS 2018
Hybrid Aesthetics
Design of New Media Practices within Digital Fabrication
Cesar Torres
CHI 2018
Woodworking through Improvisational Digital Fabrication
Rundong Tian, Sarah Sterman, Jeremy Warner, Ethan Chiou, and Eric Paulos
CHI 2018
Battery-Free Wearable Displays for Opportunistic Interactions
Christine Dierk, Molly Nicholas, and Eric Paulos
ACM TEI 2018
TEI 2018
Human Hair as Interactive Material
Christine Dierk, Sarah Sterman, Molly Nicholas, and Eric Paulos
ACM CHI 2017
CHI 2017
Illumination Aesthetics
Light as a Creative Material within Computational Design
Cesar Torres, Jasper OLeary, Molly Nicholas, and Eric Paulos
CHI 2017
Ambient, Batteryless, Stateful, Dynamic Displays at your Fingertips
Christine Dierk, Tomás Vega Galvez, and Eric Paulos