Nonpolynomial Labs is the quasi-official kinda sorta company behind the projects of Kyle Machulis, better known as qDot. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Computer Science, Kyle currently spends his days as a mild-mannered engineer, and his nights sitting in front of his computer with the firm belief that someone on the internet cares about what he does.

Nonpolynomial Labs houses Kyle's personal projects in immersive environment and alternative input research. Going by his favorite philosophy, "As free as possible", he works to create immersion in video games and virtual worlds through the absolute cheapest, easiest means possible. Not only does he not have a research budget, but he also enjoys proving the fact that simple user interface additions to a very complex computer-generated world can create new kinds of emergent play and interaction.

Kyle is known as a tinkerer/hacker/pioneer/visionary in the realm of sex technology (or at least, some bloggers seem to think so). Through his Metafetish webpage, he uses the topic of teledildonics (remotely actuated sexual experience, usually via a computer/mobile phone/etc.) as a platform for critiquing user interface and interaction design. The products and projects on the page also function as a platform for educating others on computer science, electrical/mechanical engineering, and other fields that might not normally interest some readers.

He also works in wearable health devices, sound art/design, and other random fields based on whatever his ADD is currently pointing him at.


  • Autodesk - Artist In Residence, 07/2014 - 01/2015
  • Mozilla - Staff Platform/System Engineer, 10/2011 - Present
  • 510 Systems - Senior Engineer, 05/2008 - 10/2011
  • Linden Lab - Senior Software Developer, 06/2006 - 05/2008
  • KISS Institute for Practical Robotics - Software Developer/Robotics Engineer, 12/2002 - 05/2006
  • Netplus - Web Programmer, 08/2001 - 11/2002
  • Microsoft - Software Development Engineer in Test Intern for Provisioning Framework Group, 05/2001 - 08/2001
  • Microsoft Research - Microsoft Student Consultant at the University of Oklahoma, 10/1998 - 05/2001
  • Microsoft - Security Testing Intern for Microsoft Knowledge Worker Services Group, 05/2000 - 08/2000


  • BS in Computer Science w/ Mathematics Minor, 1998-2002, University of Oklahoma


  • Kyle Machulis, An Open-Source Sexual HCI Research Platform, Sexual Interactions Workshop, SIGCHI, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 04/2006
  • David P. Miller and Kyle Machulis, Visual Aids For Lunar Rover Tele-Operation, Proceedings of iSAIRAS 2005, Munich, Germany, 09/2005
  • Richard LeGrand, Kyle Machulis, David P. Miller, Randy Sargent & Anne Wright, The XBC: A Modern Low-Cost Mobile Robot Controller, Proceedings of IROS 2005, 08/2005




  • PIXELPORNO 2.0, Linz, Austria, 03/2015
  • Pier 9 Artist In Residence Show, San Francisco, CA, 01/2015
  • Cyberfest, St. Petersberg, Russia, 10/2010
  • Technosexual Bodies, Hong Kong, China, 04/2010
  • Roboexotica Exhibition, Vienna, Austria, 12/2009
  • Arse Elektronika Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, 09/2007

Presentations/Lectures/Conference Panels

  • The Future Is Now: Mind Controlled Interactive Music Panel, Audio Engineering Society Conference, San Francisco, CA, 10/2012
  • Teledildonics and Sex Technology, Porn and Pop Culture Course, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, 05/2012
  • Open Source Hardware Panel, Linux Audio Conference, Stanford, Palo Alto, CA, 04/2012
  • OpenYou and the Quantified Coder Project, Data Mining Meetup, San Francisco, CA, 03/2012
  • Fursuiter Point Cloud Recording, Art && Code, Pittsburgh, PA, 10/2011
  • OpenKinect Overview, NetExplorateur Zoom, Paris, France, 06/2011
  • OpenYou and the Quantified Coder Project, Quantified Self Conference, Mountain View, CA, 05/2011
  • OpenKinect Overview, Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA, 05/2011
  • OpenYou and the Quantified Coder Project, Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA, 05/2011
  • OpenYou and the Quantified Coder Project, Google IO, San Francisco, CA, 05/2011
  • Robotic Vision and Rock Climbing Tracking, 3D Vision Meetup, Techshop, San Francisco, CA, 01/2011
  • OpenKinect Overview, 3D Vision Meetup, Techshop, Menlo Park, CA, 12/2010
  • OpenKinect Overview, ARDevCamp Bay Area @ GAFFTA, San Francisco, CA, 12/2010
  • OpenKinect Overview, Nerd Night @ Rickshaw Show, San Francisco, CA, 12/2010
  • OpenKinect Overview, Dorkbot @ Snibbe Interactive, San Francisco, CA, 11/2010
  • Reusing Fun, Hackers Conference 2010, Santa Cruz, CA, 11/2010
  • Reusing Fun, Subotron, Vienna, Austria, 09/2010
  • Paraflows 2010, Vienna, Austria, 09/2010
  • Monochrom #26-34 Reading, San Francisco, CA, 04/2010
  • Getting the Message Across (Teledildonics and Sex Technology), Vienna Art Week, Vienna, Austria, 11/2009
  • Robotics Panel, Roboexotica, Vienna, Austria, 12/2009
  • Biometrics in the Bedroom, Arse Elektronika 2009, San Francisco, CA, 10/2009
  • Control, or Lack Thereof, Metaverse U, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 05/2009
  • Teledildonics and Sex Technology, Edges, Bay Area, CA, 06/2008
  • BSDM and Web 2.0 Panel, Leather Leadership Conference XII, San Francisco, CA, 04/2008
  • Getting the Message Across (Teledildonics and Sex Technology), O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference, San Diego, CA, 03/2008
  • Second Life Panel, Further Confusion 2008, San Jose, CA, 01/2008
  • Avatar Creativity Panel, Orange Presents: Identity Summit, Orange 1, Second Life, 11/2007
  • Getting the Message Across (Teledildonics and Sex Technology), Arse Elektronika, San Francisco, CA, 10/2007
  • Storytelling, Writers With Drinks, The Makeout Room, San Francisco, CA, 06/2007
  • Teledildonics Presentation, Dorkbot, Porn Palace, San Francisco, CA, 05/2007
  • Teledildonics Presentation, Sex Hacks, Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, CA, 05/2007
  • Building an Art Portfolio in Second Life, GDX, Savannah, GA, 04/2007
  • Sex and Computational Technology Panel, SXSW 2007 Interactive, Austin, TX, 03/2007
  • Second Life Panel, Further Confusion 2007, San Jose, CA, 01/2007
  • Sex and the Gaming Couple Panel, Computers, Couples, and Gaming, Ruby Skye, San Francisco, CA, 11/2006
  • Sex and Second Life Panel, Second Life Community Convention, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, 08/2006
  • Sex in Games, European Women in Games Conference, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK, 07/2006
  • An Open Source Platform for Sexual Interaction Research, Sexual Interactions Workshop, SIGCHI 2006, Montreal, Canada, 04/2006
  • Sex In Games w/ Brenda Brathwaite, Game Developers Conference, San Jose, California, 03/2006
  • Secret Life of Sex in Games Panel, South by Southwest Interactive, Austin, TX, 03/2006
  • Sex In Games w/ Brenda Brathwaite, Women's Game Conference/Austin Games Conference, Austix, TX, 10/2005

Visiting Artist Lectures

  • Autodesk Pier 9, San Francisco, CA, USA, 03/2015
  • Subotron, Vienna, Austria, 09/2010
  • Vienna Art Week, Vienna, Austria, 11/2009
  • University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria, 11/2009

Honors and Awards

  • Interaction Design Award, Roboexotica, 12/2009
  • Golden Kleene Award, Arse Elektronika, 09/2007
  • Member, University of Oklahoma Team, ACM Programming Competition World Finals, 03/1999


  • Autodesk Pier 9, San Francisco, CA, USA, 07/2014 - 01/2015
  • Quatier21/Monochrom, Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria, 11/2009 - 12/2009


  • Kinect and Teledildonics, Art && Code Conference @ CMU, Pittsburgh, PA, 10/2011
  • Open Teledildonics Workshop, WORM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10/2010