Gary is the founder of the Light Log project, with support from New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund and investment from the Scottish Government. The project is developing wearable, open source, low-cost devices that record ambient light levels and colour from your environment. Visualisations help show your daily routine, monitor how light may be affecting your mood, energy levels, and circadian rhythm.
Seasonal Affective Disorder impacts the lives of around 2 million people in the UK, with Winter Blues (a milder form sometimes known as Sub-syndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder) affecting many more. Dementia and Parkinson’s disease also affects sleep patterns, logging daily light profiles can help a carer or clinician help manage daily routines to improve sleep quality.
Gary has been programming computers in languages of one kind or another since he was 11 years old, and has grown a diverse range of technical interests covering UI/UX design, 3D computer modelling, animation, artificial intelligence, data mining, visualisation, and robotics. Having previously worked for Adobe, he’s since been a long-term freelance software developer/designer working with clients on bespoke software projects since 2000, and was runner-up in the Apple Design Awards 2008 for Best App, where he developed and implemented the realtime 3D interface for Adam Behringer‘s Timeline 3D (BEEDOCS). A micro-electronics tinkerer and hobbyist involved with the Edinburgh Hacklab, he has also been a volunteer and contractor in a number of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects for Sugar Labs, in support of One Laptop Per Child’s (OLPC) pedagogical goals since 2007.