Viraj Joshi

MA work

AirWire

The world of coding and electronics can seem abstract and inaccessible to many. AirWire makes programming electronics easier by enabling us to code using finger gestures.

AirWire is a gesture-driven electronics prototyping platform. It allows users to perform intuitive gestures and interprets those as code in order to reduce the barrier to entry to coding for physical computing and electronics.

AirWire uses the accurate and best practice code for every electronic component that you're using with the system. The process of entering the code as a response to the camera feed is real-time, and thus allows users to understand the code for each component while it is being inserted.

To enthusiastic makers and designers who are new to the world of physical computing, coding and electronics appear inaccessible and abstract. AirWire is designed keeping this audience in mind, and reduces barrier to entry. It's ability to work with established platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi make it a viable interpretation system and maintains the high skill ceiling and resolution provided by these physical computing platforms and the community around them.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018

  • Viraj Joshi is a design led inventor and an innovation researcher. With a strong background in Industrial Design, and an experience of running his own consulting practice and a design studio in India, Viraj came to Innovation Design Engineering at the RCA / Imperial to add technical depth and a scientific approach to his work.

    Through his 2 years at RCA / Imperial, his work has incorporated elements of science fiction, making it speculative and narratively adept. His design solutions integrate technology, speculation, new interactions and devices, all wrapped up in an Industrial Design package.

    Viraj enjoys sketching and Indian Classical Music.

  • Degrees

  • Graduate Diploma in Product Design, MIT-Institute of Design, India
  • Experience

  • Quip Studio, Pune, 2014 - 2016; Solo Industrial Design Consulting, India, 2014-2016; Kudu Studio, London, 2017; Aergo, London, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Tokyo Designers Week, Tokyo, 2014; iF Digital Design Exhibition, Munich, 2015; Gwangju Design Biennale, Seoul, 2015
  • Awards

  • Happy LED Life, Gwangju Design Biennale, 2015; Best Student - Academic Excellence Award, MIT-Institute of Design, 2015; Runner-up, Pune Design Festival, 2015; Finalist, iF Student Design Awards, 2015; Winner, Behance Portfolio Review, Pune, 2014; Winner, Toshiyuki Inoko Award, Tokyo Designers Week, 2014