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  • aisencc 11:33 pm on December 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Safety Glasses 

    The concept of the Safety Glasses project is inspired by the Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses of tThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. These glasses turned completely black at the sight of any danger, to give a relaxed attitude when presented with an alarming situation.
    I made a pair of glasses that cover your eyes when you are scared or nervous. These would be specially useful at the movie theater, where some graphic scenes are excruciating enough for covering your eyes. The glasses would have the pulse sensor on an earring clipped to one of the lobes. When the sensor detects an exaltation in pulse servos on both sides of the glasses will close the curtains covering both eyes. The arduino board and two demo buttons are housed in a small plastic box that fits in your pocket.

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  • aisencc 11:18 pm on December 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Searching for the Right Channel 2 

    This is the improved version of the toy searching for the right channel. This is a clever way for optimizing the amount of animations a lol shield can exhibit, by making some of the led points switches. I painted it white because it matched the Mac remote I was using. Also, I added 3 other animations, CNN, a porn channel, the previous Discovery, and an alien channel. I failed to find the alien channel myself falling as a victim of my own architecture!


  • yongjaelee2011 11:08 pm on December 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    Hallowbot is created with three different sensors. There is a motion sensor that detects people in the room, and waking the robot with blue light in the eyes. Also, there is a photocell on the nose that detects close movement of users. The photocell triggers an animation in the mouse of the robot. The tilt sensor on the head of robot gives red light when users move an antenna of Hallowbot.

  • yongjaelee2011 10:52 pm on December 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    stressFree is a watch that can track our stress level and give warnings to a high and higher stress level.

    As creating a prototype, I used Arduino and Processing to connect to each other.

    1st iteration:

    I created a Galvanic skin response sensor to detect different emotional level. Then, I used a green light for a normal stress level, and a

    red light for high stress level.

    2nd iteration:

    I used a LOL shield attached Galvanic skin response sensor. When stressFree detect a high stress level, it shows a smiling animation on the LoL shield. Once stressFree detects a higher stress level, stressFree triggers to play video on the computer as a higher stress level. Also, stressFreee collects datas of users’ stress level and show the stress graph visually.

  • strawberrymillefuille 5:59 pm on December 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    LOL shield: McDuino 


    Vimeo link: http://vimeo.com/34013809

    Concept: I wanted to make a simple fast food menu inspired lol shield that could be controlled using a potentiometer. It was supposed to be a bit like those old drive-by displays where you pick your food from a pictorial menu, and then pick them up in a seperate counter.

    code: http://www.mediafire.com/?ksq1jrn740x7mot


  • mónica arias. 5:09 am on December 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    mr. rosie: v01 & v02. 


    When we were given the pulse sensor assignment, the first thing that came to mind were ROBOTS! Humans create them, they give them life, they give them a “pulse” in a way. So I decided to create a little robot that came to life when you give him your pulse. I named him Mr. Rosie, inspired by Rosie, the robot-maid from The Jetsons.

    Here are some pictures of the first iteration. He moved his hat and light up with every pulse it sensed.

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  • mónica arias. 4:40 am on December 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    lucy, the good karma night lamp. 

    Lucy, the magic-6-cube evolved into Lucy, the good karma night lamp. She wants to make people happy since the moment they wake up. So she turned into a night lamp that sleeps next to you and lights up your life in the darkness. When you wake up, you wake her up, and ask her if you’ll have a good day today. She then asks you to tilt her for your answer… and VOILA! You get your good karma with deep thoughts like “WORD”, “HELL YEAH”, and “BET ON IT”.

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  • hirumi 11:33 pm on December 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Lie Detector 

    Lie Detector v 1.0

    For our pulse sensor assignment, I wanted to do something with the data that revealed something a bit more personal about the person. For the Lie Detector, I went for an old carnival type of look. If the user’s pulse jumps above 75 BPM, the LOL shield displays the word “lie.” If the BPM stays normal, then a happy face is displayed.

    Lie Detector v 2.0

    I definitely wasn’t happy with the construction of the original prototype, so I attempted to make a more finished enclosure for this version. I decided to make a retro look and feel for the device. The actual enclosure is a wooden box. I decided to lose the LOL shield and use simpler, more universal feedback to let the user know whether or not a lie was being told. I drilled holes through the front for LEDs and capped it with red and green plastic tops. I also added a velcro strap to the actual pulse sensor, which dramatically increased the reliability of getting accurate pulse readings.

    Lie Detector Final

    What was lacking from the second prototype was there was no indication that the lie detector was working. I added in some LEDs on top to convey that part of the experience. To finish the look, I laser cut the words “lie detector” and hot glued them to the front. The user first straps themselves into the device by velcro-ing the pulse sensor to their index finger. They are asked a question, and after answering, the black button is pushed to begin BPM analysis. The LEDs on top blink to show that it is calculating, and then the result is displayed by either lighting up the red or green light.

    While initially made for fun with friends, it could also be used in other practical situations as seen below.

    [youtube http://youtu.be/8xLQcrr2azg]

    Images from the process:

  • hirumi 11:03 pm on December 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Harry Potter “Pumpkin” v 2.0 

    For one of my final projects in this class, I decided to improve upon my Harry Potter pumpkin enclosure made for Halloween.

    To recap, the Harry Potter pumpkin interacts with you based on proximity. From far away, he is sad and sits quietly with red eyes. As you move closer, he becomes curious– his eyes change to green and the tip of his wand lights up. If you are really close to him, his eyes change to blue and he hums the Harry Potter theme song.

    In order to make this more of a finished piece, I obtained a new enclosure. The head is a plastic container. I drilled holes in the sides to accomodate for the mini speaker wiring, and to expose the photocell at the top. I used  chopstick for the wand and covered it with black felt. Hook up wire runs from the inside of the head to power the light.

    Parts Used

    RGB LEDs
    White LED
    Mini photocell
    Mini speakers


  • mayaweinstein 6:32 pm on December 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Robot Love Story Iteration 2 

    For my short film Robot Love Story I created a black viewing box with a fabric curtain, reminiscent of the old timey movie viewing boxes. The button is in the back and initializes the movie. Putting your face close to the box creates a nice viewing experience for the film and also makes the led’s easy to see. The code is the same as iteration 1.

  • firmread 6:44 am on December 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Cee Dhe Music Box 


    Reinterpret the meaning of musical artifact, repurpose cd player after it was found drowning under the tide of digital music innovations. I tried to mimic the interaction of mechanical music box.

  • firmread 6:41 am on December 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Pulse WindmilK 

    This project is a Pulse sensor experimentation piece.
    Utilizing a servo motor connected to the propeller to visualize heartbeat detected from the lid of the milk bottle.

  • josefayala 10:02 pm on December 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Josef Ayala-Tell Tale Heart Box Iteration 2 and 3. Final Pieces (Hat Piece/Tell Tale Heart). 

    Iteration 2:
    So, I made a second iteration of the “Tell Tale Heart” box, but it really wasn’t anything to write home about. It essentially utilized the same components of its black Styrofoam counterpart (the list can be found below the picture). That said, the difference is that I made the enclosure by hand from spare pieces of balsa wood. I drew the floorboards on it, and hot glued them together to make the box you see. In this iteration I also drew a figure and cut him out by hand using an X-acto blade. Afterwards, I attempted to make a smooth popping transition for the solenoid by using sand paper to round out the edges (or in some instances remove tight pieces of balsa wood left over from the cutting). Overall, I was not happy with the end product as the figure moved sluggishly and would even get caught in the floor it was attempting to pop out of. In the end, this box was destroyed before I could even video tape it. Needless to say it needed a lot of work.

    Project 1 (Tell Tale Heart Box-3rd and Last Iteration):
    Description: The Tell Tale Heart Box was my rendition of a scene from Edgar Allen Poe’s short story. It essentially uses the pulse sensor to generate your heart beat and apply it to a solenoid that pushes the floor board up and down (simulating a live pulse and recreating the paranoia felt by the story’s protagonist that in turn causes him to turn himself in to the authorities stopping by his home). In this iteration, I decided to go a for a smaller prototype by starting with a draw bought from the container store (to break myself out of the habit of making 8 by 8 boxes). The box was altered in the sense that it has balsa wood pieces glued to the bottom of it to raise it a few centimeters off the ground or table. The reason for this is because the solenoid was too tall for the enclosure. To compensate, I had a hole laser cut in one part of the box that was big enough to fit the retracted coil when the solenoid was pumping/pulling. Aside from that this circuit had not changed much. Another great aesthetic difference was that the floor boards were not laser etched in balsa wood and cut for the purpose of fitting into the new drawer enclosure. Another box was cut out of this with the laser cutter and glued to the top of the solenoid so that it could be pushed upward simulating a heart beat under the floor board.

    Heart Box uses:
    -Pulse Sensor (glued on the backside and ready for use on the back side of the box).
    -Solenoid (glued in the center of the box for vertical stance with a floor board glued to the pin).
    -3 9V batteries (2 for the solenoid/1 for the Arduino board)

    • Bread Board/Arduino Uno/Jumper Cables etc.

    Feedback: Feedback was well received for this product. I was told to explore the options of sound and other effects to make it more realistic. It was also suggested that I could get the solenoid to act in real time with Pulse Sensor. How? Mystery to me, but I’m interested in finding out more. I imagine there is some sort of way to set up the solenoid with a faster reaction.


    Project 2 (Wake-Box:Final Iteration):

    How do you improve on a classic?
    Description: This project is comprised of an Arduino UNO board, an LoL Shield, and a tilt sensor. Using the tilt sensor when it is attached to a baseball cap should reflect when I am asleep. My head hanging down should show that the tilt sensor is ON and beginning the scrolling text which says “WAKE ME UP AT 96TH STREET”. When someone sees this they will ideally wake me up and when I lift my head the tilt sensor would tilt OFF and stop creating the Scrolling Text. The premise for this project is that it would be used in the train station during my evening commute to help me NOT miss my stop at 96th street..

    This iteration saw a better implementation for my enclosure. Previously the paper set up on my project was a bit ratty looking with patches and holes missing. I also managed to tape the screen one face of the box (using 1lb resistant removable gel tiles). I was always proud of this project and found it was a good exploration into the use of PComp in an Instruction Set For Strangers format. It was also a great way to see if people would actually wake me up. It should be noted that this project is not meant for retail but rather some sort of performance art.


  • Aneta Genova 7:26 pm on December 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Musical Instrument – Burlesque Stage 

    This was a really fun project I developed in my Soft Circuits class with knowledge of Arduino and coding I gained in Physical Comp class. This is a burlesque stage with four switches created with copper tape. The hand puppets have copper tape on the bottom of their shoes. Touching each switch with the copper tape shoe sole starts a new song. The music is activated by Max/MSP talking to Arduino. The idea is to recreate a version of a burlesque stage which can be fun and interactive with possibility to change outfits for the hand puppets.

    Here is the wiring inside the stage.

    And some of the copper tape switches underneath the stage.

  • Aneta Genova 7:02 pm on December 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Pulse Sensor – Final 

    I used the pulse sensor in an accessory that can be clipped on a garment. The pulse sensor is supposed to be clipped on your ear and ideally I’d love to have it wirelessly transmit a signal to the flower. The embedded LEDs are covered with the flower petals and blink in sync with your pulse. In a way the flower comes to life with your heart beat. I’d love to have the Arduino miniaturized and if I can power it with a battery, that might turn into a great and fun accessory.

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  • Aneta Genova 6:55 pm on December 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    LOL Shield – Final 

    Here is the final look of the LOL shield. The biggest challenge here was to debounce the tilt switch and make the animation stop when the cup is tilted, instead of having it on a loop (keeps pouring and going back to filled position)

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  • noadol 9:43 pm on December 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    wallSound is a modular sound interface that can be placed on different surfaces in the built environment of a public or private space. The project leverages the walls’ limited affordances for interaction, and turns them into a surprising and playful physical experience. This encourages the body to reconsider its physical environment, and creates a potential for new dialogue with common elements of the built environment that surrounds us.


    wallSound uses body conductivity and requires bodily contact and movement to manipulate sounds. It consists of vertical and horizontal copper stripes distributed on a clean wall, connected to speakers. Data concerning the touched copper stripes passes to Processing through an Arduino board, activating patches of sound. The body functions as the switch, affecting an electric circuit when contacting the wall. The composition of the stripes being placed on the wall is drawn from the consideration of the target audience’s height (adults, children), wall dimensions, space acoustic and the desired body movement and combinations.

    Most of the required wiring work is being camouflaged with regular ready-made objects that the eye is accustomed to when placed on walls, like wire management system boxes and wiring tracks. Hookup wires attached to the copper stripes go down to the floor, covered with white tape, giving a clue that can lead to the exposure of the structure and the apparatus driving the installation. The wires run along the floor to the far side and into a box attached to the lower part of the wall which hides the Arduino board and the electrical circuits. Above the stripes, attached to the wall, are the speakers vibrating the sound into the wall, creating the illusion there is a scene going inside or behind it.

    Patches of mp3s are being played whenever one of the copper stripes are touched. In accordance to the iteration’s concept, the sounds are being played in stereo, or amplified through different speakers. The sounds tell a story, a secret, or reveal an illusion of what is behind or within the wall. Lovers fight in “a wall between us”, synthesized sounds resonate in the “wallSound” basic installation, and the sound of water pours out in “waterPole”. After these three iterations in which the wall is being used to generate experience, it seemed interesting to put the wall at the center of attention by turning it into a living vibrating independent entity for the final iteration. Touching the wall will reveal its true personality and needs.

    The wallSound started with the assumption that, like crows, humans are drawn to shiny materials. Therefore, they will be attracted to the copper stripes with its brilliant texture, and will be curious enough to touch it for the first time. On a tiny piece of white tape, the words ‘touch me’ appears, daring the viewer to touch. The copper texture combined with the clues being spread through the wiring system and the teasing text, create new wall affordances that imply a process of playing and revealing the content through touch and movement. After the first touch is being made, followed by sound feedback, the interaction is fluid.

    The interface is modular, keeping its inclusivity: It can be set at any space, in any hight, with content curated for audience and space, and addressed to all age groups. This allows the work to always facilitate the human-wall relationship without restriction.

  • noadol 9:06 pm on December 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Jewelry for Geeks 

    Learn how your date goes through a pulse sensor earring connected to an RGB LED Designed using the bare electronics aesthetic:  Mini arduino pro, hook up wires, 3v Coin battery, mini breadboard, LED, pulse sensor.

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