Matías is a creative technologist, interaction designer, and entrepeneur based in New York City. Heavily influenced by technology from an early age, Matías’ interests and experience span over a wide range of domains—from designing applications that use humor to help children with autism spectrum disorder, to reimagining navigation for the visually impaired through haptic expressions, and developing AI-powered interfaces that can anticipate users’ needs.
His projects have been covered by numerous publications, most recently pertaining to his work with Tech Kids Unlimited on LOLA, which won the 2015 AT&T Connect Ability Challenge for innovative assistive technologies and was featured at the 2018 Access+Ability exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Other accomplishments include his work with WearWorks in developing a vibration-based navigation device for the visually impaired that was used by Simon Wheatcroft, a blind athlete, to run the 2017 NYC Marathon and covered by the New York Times; as well as his personal entrepreneurial project, Tailor, a smart closet that can autonomously learn from the occurring interactions between a user and their clothing, and can use this knowledge to anticipate user needs through natural and human-centered interaction styles.
A graduate of Wesleyan University, and NYU’s MS program in Integrated Digital Media & Interaction Design, Matías continues to incorporate his varying interests in digital and artistic expression, which today converge into a vivid passion for exploring diverse ways in which to integrate human nature, technology, and art in creative and novel forms.