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  • FluffyLeecy 3:22 pm on September 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    2nd HW – 4 sounds switcher 

  • gracegotlost 3:48 am on September 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire 2013_Tingshan Gou 

    1. What inspires you? by Peter Ruprecht

    This work includes two parts: one is a video hang on the wall, telling the story of the author, the other one is a blackboard around it with a title said: What inspires you? Although this piece of work doesn’t have high – tech visual effect, I think it deeply interacts with people, who may watch the video to not. Further, people who draw on the board later would got inspired from people who draw earlier. In a world there full of technologies and mouse-keyboard interactions, drawing on board might be a harbor for people to get over a “shock”.

    2.Printed on Makerbot Replicator 3D printer by Jolly Roger Labs: Brian Davis, Ed Kalen

    The first one is a bubble tank for etching printed circuit boards, which hasn’t finished yet, and the second one is a modular robot controlled by Arduino. It was designed using OpenSCAD software. This is the first 3D printing projects I saw, and that’s why I got impressed by the convenience of how one can make prototypes quickly and precisely. I particularly like the board the creator made for the display of his entire process, it’s a piece of artwork itself.
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    3.Cosmic Ray Detector by a generous anonymous gift

    The last one is a cosmic ray detector. It is a cloud chamber that contains a layer of supersaturated alcohol vapor. Since the vapor is supersaturated it will easily condense into liquid form. When an electrically charged particle comes along, it ionizes the vapor, tearing away the electrons in some of the atoms along its path. This leaves these atoms positively charged. Other nearby atoms are attracted to the charged atoms. This is enough to start the condensation process. So you see little droplets of alcohol forming tiny clouds along the paths the particles too throughout the chamber. I didn’t really like it at first sight. but after seeing the introduction of these tiny white lines and dots, I was shocked. The cosmic ray detector may be familiar with some people, but for me, I never thought of these invisible rays can be seen and “feel”. What impressed me more is how the “rays” have been created.
    Other interesting things I found:

    1. Willings for 3D printer


    2. All in one machine for self-taking photo and printing


    3. The future needs fixing by Sugru – Self-setting rubber for fix, modify, and adapt

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  • Yury Gitman 6:43 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    1    Read and Do exercises pages 85-103… 

    1)   Read and Do exercises pages: 85-103,  Programming Arduino

    2)  Read and Do circuit 05 and 06 in the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit

    3)  Create and “instrument” with two switches, 10 LED’s, and a photo-resistor.   As you push one button the instrument tones scales UP and LED’s blink in one direction.  As you push the other button, the tone scales down and LED’s blink in another direction.   As the Light Level changes the delay of the tones change, or another aspect of the instrument changes.


  • frankiezek 3:29 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Makers Faire! 

    Video Sans-video Game by Michael Newman

     It can good be a break from screen based video games. It has the potential to encourage people/kids to use their imagination to create sharpie worlds and obstacle, and their own characters. I loved the idea of having a game that you can create yourself. It was fun playing it and Im sure it would be even more entertaining having to create your world and compete against your friends. 




    The next one is a textile, I lost the paper with the name :S

    In this project they semi-digitalized the process of making looms. You make your pattern in the computer (square grid), then you load the file. Magnets are activated that will allow you to create the patter. I like the idea of mixing craft and digital labor. 




    Augmented Reality Glasses and Games by Jeri Ellsworth

    As opposed to the video sans-video game this one was all about the video. It was fun to play and you can actually look around and feel that you are inside the video game. A particular design choice they made that caught my attention was that you have complete control of your view but you can still see your character. I fin it interesting that they decided to empower the user as a controlling god. 




    Ognite by Josh Levine 

    This was a simulated candle $5 kit. It was a simple LED structure with a attiny already programed. A simple idea that can amuse, educate and decorate. 




    Refined by Eric Hagan 

    It was a food safe sugar based electromagnetic sculpture. Making electronic/machine parts with food…brilliant idea!




    The place was huge! I enjoyed walking around, there where so many interesting projects.

  • Soohyun 6:59 am on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    LED + Buzzer Assignment

  • Soohyun 6:43 am on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire

    1. Sir Walter Cooler

    This Sir Walter Cooler from Microsoft was interesting to me because the machine shows emotional expression, which I am interested in, to give information of water needs to users. It tried to catch users’ attention by showing color on the board and also a man’s voice to encourage users to drink water more.

    2. Physical to Digital Color Mixer / Drawing Tool

    This work is from MFADT !! This is drawing tool with physical objects and digital images. Users can create colour with 3 cups of water by mixing them in a cup from the data(water weight and selection of water cup). It is just transparent water but it shows differ color on the screen. Also, users can use this color to lamp’s light color. It encourage users to use real physical brushes and water to make colour and apply them to digital world. I think successful thing of the project is it combines analog and digital in interesting way. Users can enjoy their painting with water and brush which are physical art materials to play with digital drawing tool.

    3. Sensacell Music Sequencer

    This work was interesting to me so much, because I want to explore smart home interaction design and this work inspired me of that. It spreads beautiful visual effects based on sensing system. It encourage users to touch and feel the huge screen and feel something connection between the screen and themselves.

  • Evander Batson 4:15 am on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    LED Array Homework && Maker Faire Observations 


    6-LED Array with 4 different modes / includes potentiometer and buzzer




     FLOAT TABLE – by Rock Paper Robot

    A piece of furniture comprised of interconnected suspended cubes. The connecting elements are what seem like impossibly thin wires, giving the piece the illusion of floating. When I noticed a crack in one of the blocks that had been patched with gold, the artist explained to me their nod towards the wabi-sabi Japanese ceramics technique of kintsugi. I thought this small detail added another layer of interest to this already sublime table.


    Do-it-yourself aerial photography: A guided tour – by Engineers Without Borders – NY

    These guys went to Cambodia and built this amazing kite with a camera mount for getting areal snapshots from 300 feet in the air. I found this project interesting because I have done aerial photography in the past in the context of field archaeology. We sure as hell didn’t use a kite; we used a more standard method: attaching a roboticly-articulated camera rig to a small, tethered hot air balloon. When I asked Engineers Without Borders why they didn’t use a balloon, they told me that acquiring the necessary gasses such as helium is impractical in the remote areas of Cambodia. I found the invention of this kite system an elegant solution to that problem.


    Scale – by Leo Kang, Taezoo Park, Steven Jackson

    I think this piece was the most engaging of any at the Faire that I saw, if the excited reactions of the participants I saw is a indication of real engagement. This is an interactive conceptual art installation that speaks to us about the the trail of forgotten and obsolete devices we abandon in the wake of our lives as our consumers. Suddenly, their ghosts come back to haunt us in a chaotic and overwhelming groan. I think the biggest take away for me personally from the fair is despite how complex, practical, or innovative projects are, the quiet poetry of fine art has the most impactful and lingering resonance.


    https://vine.co/v/hvlVLmWuizx (scale in action)

    https://vine.co/v/hvLPuxZMwdE (coproduction with Stephanie Farah)







  • mar28th 4:03 am on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply


    Hi Class, Im a second year mfaDT, recently doing my thesis project. I’m interested in datas, quantified self and digital interaction in a physical representation. I finished my BA in communication design in Shanghai. Before came to NYC, I had a briefly working experience at an agency mainly for designing building websites.

    I don’t have much physical computing experience during the first year, in this class because recently I found that physical and environmental sensing interactions are interesting!

    Assignment 1:
    Buzzer emotion

    Assignment 2:
    Led + buzzer

  • Siwen Li 2:13 am on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire Observation 

    1. ModiBot by GoGoDynamo

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    It is a character design system created through 3D printing. There are lots of 3D projects on display at Maker Faire, what makes it stand out is, as far as I think, these action figures snap together with a ball-and-sockect style attachments, and they can also be split into smaller pieces, which makes them easier to manufacture and people can creates endless characters with different mix-and-matches.

    2. DIWIRE by PensaLabs

    This is a machine that can print lines out of metal. Any 2D shapes in a .SVG files drawn on a computer can be wired out by the machine based on the data sent from the computer. And several 2D shapes can be soldered or clipped together to create 3D structures. The two legs of the metal glasses in the pictures are bent to an 90 degree angel after the shape of the frame is wired.

    Connection can be easily accomplished by a USB cable.

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    3. Bee Keyboard by MakeAnything.

    Being touched by the “bee”, a “flower” will produce sound in a certain frequency, which makes a note. Then by connecting the bee to different flowers continously, people can play a basic scale.

    The idea behind this project is nothing new or hi-tech. I simply adore the idea, and this is one of the few projects I think I can make at the moment.

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  • giang063 10:19 pm on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    World Maker Faire – 3 Favorite Projects 

    The Periodic Calendar
    This is a different type of calendar. Its inventor, Joey Sellers, calls it a “perpetual” one. In fact, it can be used for any year from the 21st to the 24th century.
    I liked this project because it was totally unexpected. I was very surprised to see a 2D printed visualization in Maker Faire. Besides, its solution is really ingenious.
    If you want to know more about how it works, check the periodic calendar website. The project is very well documented there.


    Beautiful and easy-to-use cubes that, once plugged in, can trigger different actions and behave like robots. Created by Modular Robotics.
    For each robot, you need at least one battery cubelet. Than you can add a sensor cube — temperature, light, distance — and an action cube — drive, rotate, speaker etc.
    There was a lot of projects in Maker Faire about building simplified frameworks for electronics, like Little Bits, for instance. But I have the impression that even when they don’t require any programming skill most of them are still to complex for a child to play with.
    Cubelets was astonishingly simple. I just had to plug the cubes and it immediately worked. For a toy, I think that this is important. Once you have fun with it, then you can start to engage in building more complex stuff.


    An art installation made of several obsolete gadgets. As far as I could understand, the only interaction is stepping on the scale. That triggers some apparently random behaviours in the semi-broken devices. It was created by Leo Kang, Taezoo Park and Steven Jackson.
    I was first attracted to this piece by its aesthetics. The devices give a vintage look to the scene, even though most of them are probably not older than 2 decades. The lighting creates a great dramatic effect, too. In spite of its simple interaction, I think that this installation creates a strong emotional connection to the user.

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  • Tim Xiaofeng Lin 3:30 am on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire and Stuff 


    CREATORS: Robert Beatty and his families (donated to NYSCI)

    It is fascinating to see this model built by common people instead of professionals. The idea of generalization of techniques of making is very well demonstrated.




    CREATORS: NYSCI Science and Technology with COSEE OCEAN and artist, Colleen Flannigan

    The robot has mechanisms such as propellers to control its movement in the pool. The humanistic nature of the robot really makes me want to build my next project to relate to water somehow. I hope to see a camera or something attached to it.



    OWNER: Museum of Interesting Things

    CREATOR: Otto Meuter (around 1935)

    This calculator has a mysterious and inviting nature, which was also the case at the time when it was first introduced in Berlin, Germany by Meuter and also Kuebler, a business man. It can only add or subtract. Numbers are entered with the vertical sliders (one set for positive numbers and one for negative numbers) using the accompanying stylus. The result appears in the circular windows in the middle. Use the pull rod at the top of the right panel to clear/restart.


  • sabotai 12:58 am on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    World Maker Faire – 3 Projects 


    Our own Adiel Fernandez‘s Physical to Digital Color Mixer was one of my favorite things at the show.  By mixing water from 3 different pitchers representing red, green and blue, one can create a new color to carry over into the digital realm.  I love that Adiel is thinking “outside the box” and doing something as taboo as combining water and electronics.  Check out the video.


    The Rendersphere is a project by the Hoboken Makerbar using rotating LED lights and persistence of vision to create an illusion of movement or dimensionality.  While this is nothing new, I thought the execution was good I love illusions (especially involving light).



    This third project, Sensacell Music Sequencer by Matthew Schlanger, displays light patterns and music that changes with touch.  I enjoyed the hazy, out of focus look of the light and the combination of touch, light and sound.  Unforunately, the sound wasn’t very loud when I was there, but it was still fun to see.   More Info


    -Alec McClure

  • sabotai 6:13 pm on September 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Emotive Sounds HW – Alec McClure 

  • xinhe feng 4:13 am on September 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Class Assignment 09/20 

    A small video of my LED+Buzzer assignment (*^__^*)

    Click Here

  • Yury Gitman 6:20 pm on September 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    PComp 3rd Class Assignment 

    1)  Read and Do Exercises in Programming Arduino:   pages 51-66

    2)  Review Circuit 4 from SparkFun Book.

    3)  Assignment:

    Using a Knob, make for 4 sound and light effects for your “pcomp toy”.
    One effect blinks leds in one direction along with sound, like a scale for example.  Second goes in another direction.  Third goes from inside to outside, along with different sounds.  The forth is a “little didi” of lights and sounds of your making, (a little song and dance of sound and LEDs).
    Your Void Loop should only have if statements and function calls in it. No FOR loops in your void loop.
    [ Learn how to encapsulate code into a function.]
    * Extra Credit
    Document 3 projects to Maker Faire.  “Document” means: One photo or video, Name of Project, Name of Creator(s), and 2-3 sentences describing it, 2-3 sentences of why you like it.
  • gaboratparsons 4:08 pm on September 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Gabor’s profile 

    My name is Gabor.

    I’m an entrepreneur interested in exotic projects and new technologies.
    Also, I graduated in business and in corporate law.

    I believe that, with the simplification of producing physical objects, there is an important shift going on in the startup community. Whereas, still recently, all the resources and funds were going towards virtual projects, today creators of physical objects have a real opportunity to set up compelling startups. I’m convinced we’re at the start of a period of endless possibilities for the makers of tangible objects.

    I want to be part of this movement, hence my participation in this class.

    My favorite childhood activity was aircraft-modeling. This was one of my favorite ones:


  • Susan Lin 2:55 pm on September 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Hi, I am Susan(Shu Yu) come from Taiwan. Very very nice to meet you. I graduated at 2011 and my background is communication and technology. I wrote student news, did film and animation and made craft before. Why I am here is because I bad at code but I want to get into physical interaction. I want to create some fun experience to make us more happy:)) So, making toy is one of things I really want to try in DT!

    I can’t choose which one is my favorite toy when I was kid so I post three:
    1) Tower of Hanoi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Hanoi
    2) Tumble Tower http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jku__fiwbgM
    3) Chinese checkers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_checkers

    (Something wrong with the blog. I can’t upload the image)

  • Soohyun 3:40 am on September 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Hi, my name is Soohyun! I’m from S.Korea, nice to meet you. My background is computer science. When I was studying computer science, I only needed to consider about technological functions and precise skills for coding. However, I’m interested in humanity, and wanted to study more about the technology which is focus on interacting with people based on human-centered design approach. This is why I am here and also why I’m taking this class.

    My favorite toy was lego!
    I loved to make things with lego and make stories and play with them.

    Also, puzzle; I loved to carefully find the right piece for the right place.

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