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  • Yury Gitman 3:00 pm on April 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Jnx prototypes 

    Look and feel



    Photo 6


    4 Flex sensors, a force sensor and an RGB LED. The LED changes color depending on how much pressure is applied to the force sensor or how much the flex sensors are bent – I still need to work this out in the code. Currently, the mp3's are triggered from the computer using Processing but eventually they will be triggered from the SD card on the Wave Shield.


    Photo 4

  • Yury Gitman 2:59 pm on April 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    :::Colony prototypes:::2 

    :::User Interaction:::

    In my attempt to enhance users experience when they interact with Nicos, I feel as though there needs to be to the Nicos behavior than just getting grumpy when they get picked and happy when they are back with their pals.
    I have come up with different way in which Nicos can interact with the user that could result in a more meaningful interaction:


    Through the use of reed switches positioned bellow the surface of the mouth area, as a cupcake (favorite Nico's food) containing a magnet gets closer to that area flips the switch. This will trigger a "happy" reaction of the Nico. I am still trying to fgure out what that may look and sound like.


    Nicos love to be tickled. Throught the use of conductive thread located some where in the Nico's body, if touched for a period of time, the Nico will start to purring.


    If the Nico is tickled in the right spot, it will start to purr, through the turning on of a motor insde the Nico that will create a subtle vibration.


    The following are the aspects of the implementation that I stll need to figure out.

    :IR emitter and receiver pair:

    I am still trying to figure out in a simple and inexpensive way the Nicos can communicate to each other at a short distance. I have been looking at IR emitter and receiver pairs. For what I want to do the seam the most suitable, but I still need to figure out exactly they function.

    :Testing Piezo vibration sensor:

    Need to look at how I can make the reading of the Piezo make sense. I may just replace it all together by the capacitance sensor.

    :Timing and exiting a loop in code:

    a. Need to figure out how read for how long a button has been pressed.
    b. Be able to exit a loop when a switch is set to high

  • Yury Gitman 2:35 pm on April 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Alarm Clock Test with LCD Screen 

    For this test, I have the LCD screen hooked up and all of the numbers are created out of custom characters so that they can span two rows. The little guy on the right denotes whether the alarm clock is on, and I need a way to show when you are setting the alarm clock and when you are setting the time clock.

    Alarm Clock with LCD Screen Test from Nick Hardeman on Vimeo.

  • Yury Gitman 1:51 pm on April 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    latest prototypes 

    The following photograph is the latest look and feel prototype (apologies for the crap grainyness of the photo). As planned, I went with a classic dirndl shape with a slightly sheer navy silk material, which ended up being a bit difficult to work with because of its slippery texture.


    As for implementation prototype, I am toying with the idea of exploiting a weak connection between the LEDs and the power source, creating a twinkling effect when the intermittent connection is made and the circuit is completed. Here is the code for one instance in which the LEDs are programmed to "breathe" softly on and off. Here is the code for another instance, in which each of the three constellations is attached to a capacitance sensing star charm, and touching each triggers the illumination of a separate constellation.

  • Yury Gitman 11:15 am on April 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Myriam – Balloon Girl prototypes 

    In the time frame we have, I don't have time to properly set up the microphones for the performance.

    When I started prototyping the microphones, I realized it was much more complicated than I thought to have live sound with arduino.

    That's why I decided to concentrate on the Balloon Girl.
    As I said before, Michelle, the dancer, has a structure over her head. This structure will be covered with white fabric, and a diffused light will glow inside of it.
    The balloon girl is the representation of a mood, a visualization of a dance. She is given life by the dance and the lights shining within her.
    I want to experience how her dance and how dancing with Zack will evolve depending on the lights.

    Michelle will have on her corset three conductive fabrics, put on strategic dancing spots. Each fabric will trigger a different light color when it is pressed.




    The balloon Girl will be an additional part of the performance already existing. The show is an evolving piece, and the dancers are interested in adding technology to give more expression and finding a new way of dancing.

    I started working on the code to see how the capacitance sensing was working. 
    Here is a video of the sensing wires lighting three different lights.

    Leds with capacitance sensing from maryam aboukhater on Vimeo.

    here is the code

    Next steps:
    – build the balloon structure.
    – test the leds inside to see how many is needed and how to make them glow with a sense of life
    – find conductive fabric and sew it on the corset.
    – start experiencing with dancers
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