James Tichenor is a digital Renaissance man. As a trained architect he practiced in New York before deciding to go back to school to explore new technologies for materials and prototyping. That exploration came from an artistic and oftentimes psychedelic angle. His portfolio includes many interesting projects, but one of my favorites is the 640×480 Cocktail Umbrellas. Basically, it's an array of cocktail umbrellas that open and close individually to form a simple image. The project reminds me a bit of a techno-Tiki version of Danny Rozin's Wooden Mirror.