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Option 1: Phototropic Drone
Option 1 is an extension of an earlier project using photoresistors to give a being from the digital realm a foothold for sensing in the physical world. The next step would be to give this being mobility. The being thrives off photonic energy and will move towards light sources.
Option 2: Magnetic Tile Game
Simon Game Writing
1. The most difficult part was trying to get all the components working together in such a tight space while also preserving them for future use. I think it would have been much easier if I wasn’t going to use them in the future and soldered/glued everything together in a more permanent way. Every time I close the box, a wire (or a few) become unplugged. When fixing one wire and closing it again, two more would pop out. This was incredibly frustrating and easily the most difficult part of the project (and least satisfying).
Getting the buttons to work properly was also a huge challenge, since they are very thin and barely protrude through the surface of the enclosure.
2. The easy parts included getting the basic code running (although very time consuming) and wiring the original prototype.
3. The most surprising thing was that going from the initial exposed prototype to the enclosure was so frustrating. I was also surprised at how difficult it was to get the buttons to work. If I was to use buttons again, I would use the arcade style buttons for all of them, since those fasten to exterior.
Here are my 3 enclosure choices and sketches for the Simon project.
The yellow button triggers range mode with the tone moving along the scale with the photoresistor acting as a multiplier.
The green button triggers the light sensing tone/light level mode.
The other buttons increase and decrease the delay.
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
Hello! My name is Alec McClure and I hail from the “great state of Texas”, although I’ve been living in NYC for 4 years now. My background is mostly in photography and demographics analysis. My website is http://www.alecmcclure.com
I’ve always loved tinkering with electronics and taking things apart, so I thought this class would be fun and rewarding. I experimented a little with Arduino and Raspberry Pi this past Summer and enjoyed it.
My favorite childhood toy was undoubtedly LEGOS! The creative possibilities seemed endless (or limited only by your parents’ bank account).