About

Hello. My name is Phil MacEachron. I moved around when growing up, living on the east and west coasts of the US, as well as in New Delhi, India. I studied physics in college and worked in the aerospace industry for few years where I developed low-gravity fluid devices.

I love building things that help people, learning, helping others learn, and spending time in nature. Currently I’m exploring the potential of spatial computing to improve physics education.

Projects

Physics Playground

This is a work-in-progress. I'm building it off the framework of CurieVR, but instead of only having pre-made simulations like CurieVR, it provides the tools for users to make their own educational physics simulations and lessons, and share them with others. It is multi-user and cross-platform, working on mobile and PC 6DoF VR systems, as well as in a desktop version in web browsers using WebGL.

CurieVR

CurieVR is a multi-user virtual physics classroom, for use in online education. It is available on Steam for PC VR in a closed beta. If you'd like a key, please email: phil at curievr.com. It contains interactive simulations to visualize and experiment with physics concepts, as well as learning tools such as a networked blackboard, slide deck, calculator, stopwatch, and tape measure.

Users can share their own slides in the app via an embedded chromium browser. The app communicates with a simple Flask server written in Python and hosted on Google App Engine. The server accesses the Google Slides API to query data from the slide deck in order to create buttons that can be clicked in the app to jump to different slides and read widgets on the current slide to pose questions or load a simulation.