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  • Evander Batson 7:58 pm on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    This is my post 


  • Evander Batson 9:47 pm on December 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    [final] mountain / quarry PIR sensor 

    Here is a demonstration of the sensor. The full project documentation can be found here:

    mountain / quarry (Google Presentation)

  • Evander Batson 3:55 pm on December 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    final project ideas 



    1 – Nightlight (under-sea crystal)

    This would be a light-resistor activated nightlight that would pulse rippling iridescent colors to invoke the feeling of being in the shallow sea. The enclosure would be translucent 3D print medium ideally that looks like jellyfish skin. The form would take on that of a coral, a crystal, or an urchin. 

    2. Vibrating felt creature.

    3. LED Camera Obscura.

    Earlier in the semester I developed a prototype for a LED powered camera obscura. I made some working prototypes, but the project never went anywhere after that. I propose to develop a final version of the existing idea. See videos below for more info:




  • Evander Batson 11:32 pm on November 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    [homework] dc motor / haptic feedback stick 


    I was experimenting with connecting the haptic feedback dc motor to different objects. I noticed this interesting rotation effect when attaching it to the bottom of a basswood stick where the stick would predictably rotate in one direction.

  • Evander Batson 5:35 am on November 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    [homework] servo “frond feelers” 

  • Evander Batson 9:17 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    [homework] simon says 

    1.What did you find difficult about building your project?

    I have not been able to get the code working past stage one ( see video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZf3PwnD0ew ). I have worked for hours and hours and all I seem to be able to do is break my project completely and have to start all over again. It is extremely frustrating.

    2.What did you find easy about building your project?

    I had a lot of fun thinking about the design of the enclosure. I wanted to adhere the LEDs to the leaves of a fake house plant, and then have pressure sensor pads in color-coordinated roots. However, since I haven’t been able to get the code working at all, I don’t feel like I have the time to put together a well-crafted object.

    3. What surprises found you while building your project?

    Getting stuck on this extremely frustrating technical block has really sapped any motivation I had for this project. I feel like I finally have a clear vision of what I want the object to be, but am unable to make any progress whatsoever. I’m giving up on it. I don’t know, I’m sorry but I tried really hard and am at my breaking point with this. I’ll do something better for the final, I feel like putting more effort into this would be pointless.

  • Evander Batson 9:05 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    [homework] color dial toy 

    Not sure why this never published… note date on youtube video is oct 11

  • Evander Batson 4:17 pm on October 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    [SIMON-HW] EvanderSays Device 


  • Evander Batson 4:29 pm on October 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    [homework] Three button instrument 

    button A : g major automatic arpeggio
    button B : e minor automatic arpeggio
    button C : d major light-resistor controlled arpeggio


    Code here:


  • 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)







  • Evander Batson 6:34 pm on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #bio   


    Hi friends,

    I am Evander. I started DT this year. I live in Bushwick (it’s only the coolest hood in NYC). I enrolled in pComp because I want my locker to have interior LED lights that turn on when you open the door. I have a background in classics and fine art.

    Here’s my portfolio: http://cudgelfish.com/ebportfolio/

    My favorite toy growing up was the Dino-Riders animatronic t-rex (the appeal should be obvious)




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