When Paul and Cathy Dietz learned that they could register free tickets to GeekWire Gala earlier this month by winning the GeekWire The jacket competition is ugly, The engineers arrived to work. In just two days, Cathy Dietz designed a full dress of Christmas clothes from scratch while her husband created the parts to move them.
Maybe the result was a very ugly jacket ever. He has two speaking characters: Santa Claus and Rudolf the Red Rift Redneck.
Paul Dietz stopped by the GeekWire office to show the jacket. Watch the video below to see his demo, and scroll down to continue reading about the creation of the eccentric genius.
Here's how it works: At the back of the jacket, the Santa and Rudolf control box controls. After creating an audio recording, Paul Dietz formulated the "talk" logos by putting Santa's voice on the right track and Rudolph's voice on the left lane. The circuit analyzes the power of speech and moves the machine accordingly.
Jacket was hit in a ceremony.
"I have never been prevented by many strangers from telling me how much they loved my dress," Cathy Dietz said in an e-mail to GeekWire.
The Swill Sweater competition was presented this year by the Foster School of Business Information Systems at the University of Washington, where three of the finalists were selected to showcase their creative work on stage to more than 800 people at GeekWire Gala.
As part of the participation, Paul Dietz recorded a text for Santa and Rodolph:
Rudolph: Hi Santa, we made a GeekWire ceremony.
Santa: That's right, Rudy. See all people.
Rudolf: Looks like a pretty eccentric crowd for me.
Santa: Yeah, they're geeks. But the important question is whether it is bad or good.
RUDOLF: They all look good to me.
Santa: Yeah, most of them are nice, but none of the venture capitalists were willing to fund startup, reindeer games.
Rudolf: This is terrible, Santa.
Santa: Yeah, they're on my naughty list.
Rudolph: What is the ringtone?
Santa: You fly around the world in virtual reality, to connect games.
RUDOLF: That looks great. Can I try it?
Santa: No, I will not let you play any reindeer games.
Paul Dietz is the chief technology officer at Misapplied Sciences, a startup in Seattle that develops what she calls "Parallel reality technologyIt is also from the former Disney Imagineer. Cathy Dietz is an electrical engineer, and her background is in processing image signals.
In their free time, the couple runs a program called Workshop Animatronics, Which encourages children to use robots to tell stories.
"Instead of making children build robots that do some competition, we have them build robots that make an offer," said Paul Dietz. "We've done this for about a decade now and it was great to help kids explore the creative side."
Dietz had a lot of fun making their entry into the ugly GeekWire contest. Are they thinking of re-creating the jacket, perhaps as part of a line of moving sweaters?
"I do not expect that, but you never know," said Paul Dietz. "You know, we got a startup error."