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  • Yury Gitman 7:39 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Reading and some Code for next class 

    Arduino Cookbook: 

    Tone and Random Numbers Topics, Read and Do code in:

    Tone: Sections 9.0,  9.2
    Random Numbers: Section 3.11

  • Yury Gitman 7:32 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    MidTerm Assignment, A “Simon Says Style Game” 

    In this 3-week assignment, make a “Simon Says” Style Memory Game.

    Game Design Specs:
    This is a memory game.  A light/sound pattern is presented. The user copies that pattern. After a successful copy, the pattern gets longer. As the game progresses, the speed of the pattern presented increases. There is a conclusion of the game, Win or Lose.

    Physical Specs:
    ON/OFF POWER SWITCH  [toggle switch]
    4 LED’s
    4 Momentary Switches
    Battery Pack
    A physical enclosure to hold all.

    Vision and Enclosure Homework:
    3 Sketches, or Image Mock-up “Blue Sky Idea”, or Vision of the Physical form.
    3 Photo Found or Off Shelf Enclosures That you can “Tool”

    Publish Images on Blog BEFORE class, and present these 6 images in class.

    Sound Design Homework:
    1)  Make 3 Start-up Sound and light effect
    2)  Make 3 “You are Correct!” sound effect.
    3)  Make 3 “You are Wrong, you Dummy” sound effects.
    4)  Make 3 “You Lose, Shame on you and your family” sound effects.
    5)  Make 3 “You Win the Game Cheer or Effect”.

    Put these 15 (total) distinct tones into one Sketch, present them in class.

  • Chy 4:42 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire 


  • tiamtaheri 4:22 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    maker faire 

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    Description comes after class 🙂



  • trytobegood 4:19 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire 

    Ryan Raffa’s RhythmSynthesis. The kids really liked it and it was very simple to understand and play with.

    Farm Hack

    I love re-purposed “junk”.

    Huge Arduino! I thought this was really cool because you could see all the little parts of Arduino that you wouldn’t be able to see at its normal size. This makes the electronic feel really approachable and friendly. It works too!


    This analog digital interface of this is interesting. You can record the rotations you want the motor to perform on the computer by moving either the potentiometer-dial or the vertical bars. I thought it was a bit novel for the radial movements to be translated to a Y-axis. The thing that I didn’t really like about this was that the whole kit’s purpose (“full 360° rotation”) is a little narrow. You can probably do some awesome stuff with just that but I think it would be more awesome if they included other motions in their kit.

  • asragab 2:22 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Fair Maker Faire 

    Maker Faire 2012:

    ImageThis was my first Maker Faire, I don’t think it will be my last.

    One project I really liked was the USB Typewriter. There was a conversion kit, which used an Arduino which you could buy separately. First, I think typewriters are beautiful, the typewriter you see in the photo to the right is an Underwood typewriter. Underwoods were the first widely available and successful machines, sort of the IBM of typewriters. The materiality of the production of text involved in using a typewriter reminds me of how valuable words are, and while I have always wanted to use  one, they are generally messy, require replacement of ribbons and mechanical maintenance, and correcting text is not an easy process. Nevertheless, there is something really satisfying about that clicking and whirring that lets you know that you are doing something. Even in the latest incarnation of the iPhone that click is still there, though digitally reproduced. What is excellent about this project is the willingness to adapt newer technology to the technologies of the past, revealing that continuum of progress that is sometimes forgotten but nevertheless an integral part of innovation.

    ImageThis project by Taezoo Park a Brooklyn based interactive media artist takes technological garbage and reanimates it, producing a Digital Being. By reanimating it in such a way that the parts move in unusual or unexpected ways, that is ways that the original function of the parts utilized were not intended to move or blink, Park attempts to locate the “ghosts” in the machine. I think one of the reasons I find this project interesting has something to do again with the desire to remind us of the materiality of these devices that despite the suffusion of the digital that there is an ever present electro-mechanical actuality that wants to make itself known to us, the digital is the material and vice-versa in this case.

    ImageThough were dozens of great project ideas, the last project I will talk mention is the Bitponics project. The two developers have created a digital personal gardening assistant. It is pretty clear at least to me that our current food distribution processes will not be sustainable in the long term (maybe even the short term) and we will have to creatively investigate how to feed our growing populations. Rather than relying exclusively on traditional growing methods I like the idea of the digital-biological interface represented by the Bitponics project. Some of things I really liked about this project include the various forms of environmental sensing the device could perform, including: temperature and brightness, moisture data, pH balance and nutrient level analysis. Environmental sensor measuring is definitely an interest of mine, as previously mentioned, and the data visualization interface is super clear and the layout is excellent. Also, the device is capable of logging the data onto an online account, and has onboard outlets, to power on a timer and configured online, to manage lights and water systems. It can also warn you and offer suggestions when conditions are diverging too far from your growing plan. Through the online presence one can share photos, and the social networking capacities to compare notes may be essential in learning how we could maximize our food production capacities.


  • Franci Castelli 2:05 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker faire 

    Maker faire was fun!
    So after walking around, talking to people and everything, so was thinking which ones where my favorite projects. I think I will add an extra one to the three we have to post, because I spend some time at DT booth and i really liked Aisen project Play-a-grill!
    The others were:

    • the giant Pong created by Hack Manhattan

    it was Pong scaled in giant sized and controlled by brainwaves, I didn’t try to brain control it but loved the idea, and how they managed to build the giant board. Also i found fascinating how such a big thing was controlled by a small arduino.

    • Solar simphony by Chris Kazcmarek

    A poetic project that was aiming to let people see the presence of energy in the space, and hear the light
    There were little machine powered by the sun that produced sounds like a bird chirping or egg shells softly hitting each other

    • The dude going around in a hammock with wheels!! that was awesome!

  • JeannetteSubero 1:19 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Intro + Favorite Toy + Maker Faire 

    About Me

    I’m an Architect from Venezuela, I did my undergrad there and I graduated two years ago. During those two years I did a lot of freelancing in architecture and graphic design. I also did a certificate program in 3D Animation using Maya. What I realized though, is that I wanted more out of all this, and recently I became interested in interactive design, during bootcamp I did an Arduino Dorkshop, and we did a very simple light circuit, that was a blinking LED, and I really enjoyed it. I want to do more. I hope that this class becomes the starting point of a new phase for me.

    Favorite Toy

    My favorite toy was a talking Baby Sinclair from the “Dinosaurs” TV Series, it had a string and every time it was pulled it said different phrases.


    (Click image to watch the video)

    Maker Faire

    I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a lot of fun.
    Some of the 3 projects I like were:

    1) Severed Hand Bop-It
    by Sarah Schoemann and Jason Schapiro



    It was a toy based on the Simon game, I thought it was a really funny way to make the game. What I liked was that it used soft circuits, sounds and LEDs, and it was a little gross, but a fun kind of gross.

    2) SpinBots! Arbot workshop for kids
    by Christopher Myers


    Kids in this stand would make their own little robot, with small motors and switches, and they used markers for legs in order to draw and create art with them. I liked it cause it was simple, but made the kids participate into actually building their own toy/tool. There were a couple other similar marker robots (vibrated instead).

    3)USB Typewriter
    by Jack Zylkin


    This was an old typewriter connected to a computer like a keyboard. It was fun to use, to type down hard in order for the letters to appear on the screen. USB Typewriter video

  • lizbethc 5:41 am on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Maker Faire 


    At maker Faire on Saturday, there were three projects I really liked:


    1. The Most Useless Machine EVER!

    This was made by Brett Coulthard from Canada. His machine is quite simple, when a person turns the switch on, the box opens and a small hook comes out and turns the switch off, then slowly retreats back into the box. I found this box to be really amuzing, and I kept turnign the switch on, as if I could somehow out wit the box. It reminded me a lot of human behavior, how we can constantly do the same thing hoping for a different outcome. Also the mechanism and machine was super simple, but really effective.

    2. flipbookit

    This was a beautiful art piece turned open-source kit made by Mark, Steve, and Wendy. Its actually on kickStarter now, in order to create it into a sellable kit. The aesthetics were beautiful; touching on the current trend of nostalgia and analog machines, they created these illustrated flip books housed in industrial metal boxes. The kind of thing you would want hanging on your wall. I really liked the way they set up three next to eachother, so that the story continued from one book to the next. Very captivating.



    3. Solar Symphony

    I’ve worked with photo sensor cells to play with the sound of light, but I think Solar Symphony really took this idea a lot further. Created by Chris Kaczmarek,  he uses very small solar panels (that almost look like blown glass) to gain solar energy, and power circuits which create sound. Each of his objects were aesthetically different (though a lot of them used metal dowels) and also created different sounds. I was really drawn to the small egg installation, because although difficult to hear, it made a strong impact watching the delicate eggshells.


  • YiNing 4:25 am on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire 

    Maker Faire was very fun. Much better than what I expected!
    here are three projects I found interesting:


    Metrocard Man & Robot.
    by Gregory Rodolico

    I thought everyone hates MTA but I might be wrong…  the man decorated his robot and himself with metrocards… I’m actually happy to see someone use the simplest thing that everyone has or recognizes to get people’s attention.

    Drivable Hammock
    By Sean Ragan

    The guy looks really comfortable everywhere at Maker Faire. Not sure it’s because of the hammock that makes him feel like home or just his easy attitude…


    3D printer
    by UltiMachine

    This was my first time seeing 3D printer and the process of printing. I was really excited. This 3d printer has parts that were 3D printed, which means the machine can replicate itself. This reminds me of the recent article I read from Bill Joy, he said the future machines have the ability to self replicate.

  • itsjennkaye 3:59 am on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Baby’s First Maker Faire 

    There were a lot of awesome projects at Maker Faire 2012 but these stood out to me as particularly creative:

    Graphing calculator hacks by Cemetech

    I had never thought of hacking a calculator, but I suppose it’s possible.  This group did some really cool things with good ol’ Texas Instruments. One TI-83 connected to a disk drive and made its components move automatically to create “music.” Another project actually used multiple calculators–their displays were connected, so graphics could flow from one device to another seamlessly.


    Musiquarium by Grommet Laboratories

    I love this project because it was one of the few at Maker Faire that used live animals. Goldfish swim over sensors within their tank to trigger different sounds. Neato!


    Molecule Synth by Travis Feldman

    This project is a set of different hardware modules that connect together to create custom sounds. The sounds are generated by digital sensors, analog sensors, and can even be made via smartphone. I thought the enclosures looked nice as well–the geometric shapes with colored plexiglass looked sleek and modern, but you could still see the hardware underneath. Great design solution!

  • Amp 3:44 am on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire was fun!! 

    I was very interested in LED stuff.  The first one I found very interesting was the “Paper Hologram”  which is the cardboard that each face of this hologram surface reflects a subtractive primary color.  When you move around it, the visible portion of each one of it’s face changes.

    The second one was the “Tangible lights.”    Tangible lights encapsulates the idea of contact and interaction in the form of small, modular light objects.  When one module is connected to the next, the Tangible light will grows.


    The third one, I don’t remember the name of the project.  What it does is when you put on this helmet with a video camera attached and pointed right to your face, it will projects your face figure on to the head of the doll.  It’s pretty funny.


  • carolkozak 2:18 am on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire 

    My favorite projects at Maker Faire were from T4D Lab, The Thumby War from Maker Twins, Tangible Lights, the Largest Home Brew 3D printer, the iPhone robot, Graffiti fone and the singing heads.

    T4D Lab was in the sustainable area.  There projects were used mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa where information travel can be a problem.  They developed very simple real world solutions to problems using Arduino.  One is the Mobile Soil Moisture Monitoring System.  He had a simple example to use with the potted plant but he explained that they could easily be made much larger for fields.  When water is scarce this is a very important device to have.  They also developed a simple monitoring systems that alerts you if the temperature in a temperature-regulated box changes at all.  I love how simple and practical their projects are and what a big impact they can potentially have on these populations.

    Graffiti fone is from SENSORSTAR Labs and it turns a smartphone into a virtual paint can on a projection wall.  I think this is a fun idea but could also progress into even more interesting projects.  For example, could you use this technology to create a laser pointer of sorts for PowerPoint presentations?  I also wonder how this would work on a very large scale – projecting during a concert or a halftime event.

    I also liked the Lumiphonic Creature Choir Synarcade Audio-Visuals.  When a note was played on a keyboard a corresponding face opened its eyes and sung.  I found the aesthetic very fun to watch and it drew me in.  I’m not sure what purpose this will serve other than entertainment but it was very entertaining!

    Other cool stuff:


  • sussesj 12:49 am on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Maker fair was cool

    My favorite project there was the Brain Bats by Hack Manhattan.
    They did this Play Pong using a EEG headset, Arduino and python code!
    The reason I liked this was that it was a very simple build up, they had the EEG placed on your for head and ear flip and you could see the concentration level on the laptop while playing. It was a little inaccurate but I beat the computer big time!

    The 3-d printers was very interesting especially to see the development of them , really cool:
    The Ultimakers was neat, and somehow affordable, fascinating to see, I want one!

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