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  • Catalina 4:27 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Day and Night – An interactive tapestry by Catalina Cortazar 

    Day & Night is a tapestry that comes together with a plush butterfly. It allows kids from 2 to 4 years old interact with a moon / sun and a the wireless butterfly. When the children puts the sun in the sky, the flower and butterfly lights up because the butterfly is awake during the day. When he/she puts the moon, the starts light up and the butterfly turns off.

    In future iterations I would like to create a book with different backgrounds and animals, for example an owl that is awake (lights) during the night, so when the moon is in the sky the starts and owl lights up.
    In this iteration I used conductive tape and it doesn’t work very good. For the next iteration I would use conductive Velcro so it’s easier for the children to put the sun and the moon in the sky.




  • Catalina 4:12 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Mood Light by Catalina Cortazar 

    Mood Light is a lamp that has 3 states.

    The first state is alarming: the lights are red and makes an alarming sound.
    The second state is relaxing: the lights change from blue to light blue / pink without sound allowing the user to relax.
    The third is a thinking mood, where the lights are blue and makes a “thinking” sound.

  • Catalina 2:07 am on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Idea for Final Project 

    My idea is to do a cloth-book for babies-kids that comes together with stuff animals.

    The animals will interact with the book, for example a butterfly that will light and a bird that will sing.

    The book will have on a double-page a bird nest with eggs, so when the kid presses the eggs the bird – an independent stuffed animal – will sing…. or a caterpillar on a tree that when the kid pressed caterpillar the butterfly lights up…

    10 prototypes:

    Prior Art: A cloth book, a stuff animal and a sound puzzle….

    Look and Feel:

    The butterfly on its two states, and the book…

    Role: as a book, and also as a toy

    Implementation: The butterfly lights when the caterpillar (in the book) is pressed.

  • Catalina 10:16 pm on April 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Plush Butterfly 

    Plush Butterfly is a toy made of soft fabric, which is perfect for babies.
    It has color LED’s on its wings. During the day it’s a toy but at night it can be attached to the baby crib, becoming a night lamp.

    For now is blinking in response to a pulse sensor. The next step is to make it wireless and replace the pulse sensor for an on/off button.

  • Catalina 4:14 am on December 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Project: From the Inside – Out & LOVE 

    2nd Iteration: From the Inside – Out

    This project is called From the Inside – Out. Using Arduino LilyPad, a pulse sensor and LED’s the heart bit of the user will be exposed to the exterior world. The LED’s will blink following the bit. The jackets has a jeans-ring that has the pulse sensor. The LED’s are Blue over the blue jeans jacket.




    2nd Iteration: LOVE

    This project is called Love. Using the LOL Shield and two push buttons. When one button is pressed there is one heart blinking. When the other button is pressed, the other heart is blinking. If both buttons are pressed at the same time, both hearts get together, become a big heart and the word LOVE appears.



    To see the codes: (More …)

  • Catalina 3:41 am on December 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    From the Inside – Out 

    This project is called From the Inside – Out. Using Arduino LilyPad, a pulse sensor and LED’s the heart bit of the user will be exposed to the exterior world. The LED’s will blink following the bit.

  • Catalina 2:39 am on November 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    LOVE – LOL Shield Interactive Animation 

    Love is an interactive animation. It begins with two different hearts beating, alternating, far apart. When the switch is pressed the two hearts get together and become one heart that beats. Then the word LOVE scrolls.
    The box has on the back the on/off power.

  • Catalina 3:10 am on November 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Pumpkin-Sky Lamp by Catalina Cortázar 

    Pumpkin-Sky Lamp

    The concept is a lamp that interacts with the environment.

    The lamp consists on a black-pumpkin, as night, which has blue LEDs and one RGB Led.
    Every time the light of the room is turned off, when it becomes dark, the blue LEDs light up and there is one Led that is purple.

    When the PIR motion sensor is activated, when someone is near the lamp, all of the LEDs become blue and they start blinking.

    When the room light is turn on, and the room lights up, the lamp turns off.

    (More …)

  • Catalina 4:30 pm on October 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Pumpkin-Sky Lamp 

    My idea is to create a pumpkin lamp.
    The lamp consist on 3 small pumpkins that interact with each other and they also respond to it’s environment using the motion sensor and the photocell.

    The one in the middle will have little holes, like the sky, with blue LED’s inside, and will light as knight rider when the photocell is activated. It’ll also have a motion sensor which will respond lighting the RGB lights that are inside the other two pumpkins, changing colors.

    The most challenging part will be to  solder everything because I’ve never done it before.
    And the most interesting and fun part so far, has been to make the photocell work and react to the changes of light intensity inside the room.

  • Catalina 3:48 am on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    A Sunday at the Makers Faire by Catalina 

    The following are my 3 favorite projects:

    A week ago I found on the street this amazing typewriter and took it home just because I couldn’t let it out there, it even had it’s own box! And what a great surprise when I get down into the SCI hall and found this USB typewriter. It’s developed with Arduino (Atmega328P) and a sensor board to capture the keyboard; once you connect it, via USB to your computer, you have a great new keyboard.

    If you want to learn more about it, visit the site: http://www.usbtypewriter.com/

    Sonic Threads by Rita Shewbridge.

    I found this to be a really interesting and fun approach to fashion & technology. The dress is made using conductive threads and uses Arduino. The idea is that you touch the dress and tells you a story, reconnecting this “new world” with the old way of interaction within people, storytelling.

    If you want to learn more about it, visit the site: http://www.fashioningtech.com/video/sonic-threads

    Rhythm Synthesis

    This project was the Thesis project of a Parson’s student Ryan Raffa. It’s an amazing project, that allow people to interact, to create music and to have fun. It’s a light-box that make sound using colors, shapes and sound. The user moves the color figures and it generates different sounds composition.

    If you want to learn more about it, visit the site: http://www.ryanraffa.com/parsons/blog/

    I have to mention that I also loved the Jewelry designed by Natalia Krasnodebska using autocad and printed in a 3-d printer – Really pretty…..

    Check it out at http://www.bynatalia.com

  • Catalina 4:35 pm on September 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    About me – Catalina 

    My name is Catalina and I come from Chile.

    After graduating from Civil engineering and work for a couple of years I decided it was not what I wanted to do and came to NY and pursued the MA in Media Studies. What I expect about this program and this course is to somehow put the Engineering and Media knowledge together and see what comes out of it.
    My Favorite toy: This TV set….

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