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  • JeannetteSubero 11:55 pm on December 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Nik Tesla – Final 

    Nik 🙂

    For the final project I decided to make an educational toy. Using a finger puppet/magnet of Nikola Tesla. I made an enclosure for the receiver part to simulate lightning, I ended up using 5 LEDs and the Knight Rider array in one direction to get the lightning effect, I also added sound that went up and down from 3 really low pitches at the same speed as the knight rider. For the transmitter part I used an enclosure that simulated Nikola Teslas’s Lab and the Tesla Tower (my initial idea was to use it as the actual antenna, but it turned out that by removing everything from the antenna pin I got better transmission).

    Nik Tesla Wireless Toy from Jeannette Subero on Vimeo.

    who took the class photo by the way?? can you upload it on the blog!! thanks.. happy holidays 🙂

  • Franci Castelli 11:33 pm on December 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Documentation – Overly Attached Monsters 

    “Overly Attached Monsters” is a pair of plush characters, tied to one another, in which I wanted to see embodied a heartbeat and a human-like reaction as empathy, affection and jealousy, to trigger some emotional reaction in the person interacting with them.

    The interaction with the toy starts with the user wearing the pulse sensor and getting a clear read of his/hers heartbeat. The two cute little monsters are there waiting for their person. If the person playing with them takes one by its hand, the monster will get excited feeling the loving heartbeat of  its person and will start shaking at the rhythm of his/her heartbeat. The second monster, being overly attached to his little friend will have  jealous reaction.

    For this project I decided to pair up the pulse sensor with the wireless modules and see how that could work with the creation of a character. At the beginning what i envisioned was something simpler and less interesting with only one character. Later the characters became two, and ironically the second would have a reaction to the first.

    The two reactions happen only when the first monster gets its hand held, as a force resistor triggers the communication between the transmitter and the receiver. Then the moster with his hand hold starts shaking thanks to a vibration motor and the second one will get jealous and light up when his friend is shaking.

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  • sussesj 10:28 pm on December 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Pcomp final – Visualizing Pulse 

    For my final using the pulse sensor I ended up very far from my initial idea, I spend a lot of time making the pulse sensor send variables wireless, and made it work. Then I discovered Iron filings, and decided to go for that, I’m not going to post the code that I used for that since it’s not different from the code that came with the pulse sensor only tweaked a bit.

    This project aimed to visualize the pulse using magnets, iron filings and a servo motor.
    I was inspired by the fragil iron filings being moved by a magnet. This was a way for me to work with the information from the pulse sensor, and fascination of working with iron filings.

    Please take a look at the video here:


    Screen shot 2012-12-19 at 12.36.06


    You can find a link to my code for transmitter reciever here, since it worked fine, and that was the hardest part of the project, even though I didn’t use it.

    git for RX

    git for TX

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