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  • aisencc 10:10 pm on May 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    POPmatrix Research Paper 

    PopMatrix: Tongue Display Unit

  • aisencc 4:33 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Pop Matrix Final Presentation 

    Presentation Link: PopMatrix

  • aisencc 12:43 am on May 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Conference Paper CHI format 

    This particular template is for the NIME conference : nime-template


    This was my paper entry: Chacin_Aisen_Play-A-Grill



  • aisencc 10:37 pm on April 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Pop Matrix "Thesis Draft" 

    Pop Matrix is a new kind of pop art. This device displays images on your tongue through a series of electrodes. Using sensory substitution, the device trains the user’s brain to translate tactile to visual information will begin to see the images displayed on their tongues.

  • aisencc 8:54 pm on April 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    electric pop 

    electric pop
    This is the first prototype of the electric pop. The second phase is to run the code on it and *fingers crossed* hope it works. Craftmanship was done with patience, so there is hope!
    The other issue is the rights to this work. Beta tank created a look and feel prototype for this device, the idea of this device belongs to Bach-Y-Rita, and Hoeken has open-sourced his hardware and software maps, which leaves me as an integrator. Measuring up all the cooks in this kitchen I am becoming a bit uneasy about following this project– suggestions?

  • aisencc 5:56 pm on April 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Wow! Society is moving in the right direction! People want to prototype micro controller projects so much, there is an opportunity for counterfeit merchandise! Hurray!!! LV, Coach and broke fashionistas- Electronics and open source hardware is what’s up!

    • Just the optimistic side of things…
  • aisencc 10:04 pm on April 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  



  • aisencc 9:59 pm on April 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Domains and Ideas 



    1. Tongue Display Unit Art Show
    2. RainRoom
    3. Grow a Meal on my Window
    4. Vending Machine
    5. Experiments with Tactile Sound
    6. Octopod for a Quadriplegic
    7. Summer Pool- Underwater art show
    8. Falling art fall exhibition
    9. Designing wearables for Body Evolution
    10. Designing new species / chimeras / alternate pasts and futures of the human body
    11. Super powered Disabled/ Ballet Mechanique
    12. Open Ocean Architecture- International Museum Sub
    13. More bio-tech- device development
    • aisencc 10:18 pm on April 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      What are the 2 favored & 2 least favored?
      I have taken the opportunity to hash out all of the ideas that have been floating in my head for quite some time now. There is a huge range of them some are more practical than others, and many of them require dreaming amounts of money.
      In a perfect world if funding or time was not an issue my dream is to build a round structure that travels through under water the oceans. I would love to research round non-fixed architecture, submarines, among other naval structures to combine them into one museum that has traveling exhibitions. This idea touches on the use of international waters as much as the world citizen idea of new merging cultures.
      The second most interesting idea is the Tongue Display Unit because it has already captured me, and began working on it. This idea touches on the fields and domain that I am currently working in.
      2 least likely:
      pool artshow
      fall exhibit

      • aisencc 12:01 am on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        14. Capturing body heat in one’s sleep to warm up the water for a morning shower
        15. Biodegradable business

  • aisencc 9:17 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Theater Safety Glasses 

    New VIDEO!!

    These glasses cover your eyes at the sight of any dangerous or enervating situation. They are especially useful at the movie theater, when presented with excruciating graphic scenes enough for covering one’s eyes. The glasses have a 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, and when the pulse reaches normality the curtains retrieve.

  • aisencc 5:38 am on March 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    TSG phase 2 

    I have cleaned up my code and redesigned the pcb to a smaller more compact circuit. Tomorrow Joel Murphy will walk me through the pcb etching machine to print the board out. I am very happy about how it turned out. You can see an image here: 


    I have picked out the new fabric:


    In order to finish Theater Safety Glasses 2 I will attend Rhino workshop on Saturday to print the part that encases the battery circuit and servos, and assemble the pieces tighter. Creating a circuit for it has been spending and I hope that creating a 3d file will be as rewarding and useful.

  • aisencc 10:28 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Theater Safety Glasses 

    Known and Unknown Challenges:
    The Theater Safety Glasses are an old idea that I am refurbishing to create a second version. The main intent is to take a good idea in the first prototype stage and take it further. To begin the Arduino board needs to be stripped from the circuit, therefore I began my technical implementation with creating a new circuit to be etched. An immense challenge was to configure all of the elements comfortably on to the glasses. I have found that I need to make a 3d-printed part for this project in order to incorporate the circuit, battery, servos and curtain.
    KNOWN: battery is huge, first etching of pcb.
    UNKOWN: 3d modeling, it’s not Christmas time… so it’s harder to find red velvet cloth : /

    Easter Egg Experiences:
    When thinking of how to recreate this project I found the new challenge of detaching from the previous image to make a new one. Unfortunately I have not been able to come up with a better look and feel, I am just making the electronics, the user experience, and the design tighter.
    Rhino is free, and there are a ton of tutorials online.
    I love designing pcbs.

  • aisencc 10:15 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Refurbishing Theater Safety Glasses

  • aisencc 9:54 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Fish-Out-Of-Water is a project that explores the mimicry of life with light and sound. I decided to use motors in order to create movement, and from the movement itself comes the sound. The fist iteration was done with a vibration motor. The second iteration was done with two servos, but there were lots of problems with keeping the cables out of their way. The movement, however, improved significantly.


  • aisencc 12:23 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    This is my music box synthesizer. The concept was to miss-and-match, sounds depending on the buttons pressed and the combinations, and the potentiometer changes notes or delays depending on the button pressed.

  • aisencc 11:18 pm on February 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Desert Terrarium 

    • aisencc 11:24 pm on February 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This project was surprising in all aspects. Having left the practice of making projects every week since the brake reminded me that it is practice that makes perfect. It is important to keep these skills current. The delay threw me off! having to rename it so it can be checked and not interfere with other commands was the most unexpected challenge this project brought to me. Also, I forgot how fun it can be to find beautiful colors rather than have the cycling rainbow effect. This project brought me back to my earthy roots, I am glad to incorporate sand and its other state silicon.

  • 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.

    (More …)

  • 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!


  • aisencc 10:18 am on December 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Grove Sound Recorder: PLAY/REC Switching from Manual to Digital 

    While trying to decipher how to bypass a manual switch with a digital gate, I found transistors to be helpful, but for the sound recorder itself.
    First I tried to switch an LED on/off. Here is a photo of the LED circuit.
    Then I tried to replace the play/ record switch in the sound recorder with two transistors, with this schematic:
    But I had no luck!
    This was the code I used:
    You will need the library 
    • Catalina Cortazar 9:10 pm on December 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      gracias Aisen!!!

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