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  • sarahewever 8:21 pm on May 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Wireless Toys Final 

    For my final project I rebuilt my cactus from the midterm. This time I put it in a pot where I drilled a hole for the rangefinder and added an RGB led to the flower so you could tell who send the cactus dance. I was able to demo turning the cactus on and off wireless by tweeting either #dancecactusdance or #shutupcactus

    Screen Shot 2013-05-25 at 4.16.32 PM



    From @Sarah


    From @Lily


    From @Paul


    From @Helen

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    • Gerry 12:58 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That is brilliant and possibly the best use of twitter I have seen to date!

  • sarahewever 5:36 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  


    My midterm was a cactus that dances with the concept behind it being that it would tweet when my mom was at her desk and then dance when me or any of my siblings tweeted back to it.

  • sarahewever 5:30 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Robo Servant 

    This was the second assignment where we had to embed the servo motor into our project and have the servo react to the range finder. For this I made a robot that rolls around until it comes across an obstacle and then it stops before it runs into it.

  • sarahewever 5:27 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    First automata controlled with Processing 

    This was the first assignment of creating a paper automata and controlling the speed of the servo with the serial port. I chose to change the value of the servo speed by using a processing sketch I made with a normal dog and an angry dog button that when clicked changed the speed the cat ran.

  • sarahewever 7:39 pm on April 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Wireless Toys: Final Prototypes 

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  • sarahewever 8:15 pm on March 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Midterm Automata Reflection 

    What is one thing you found surprising about making your project?

    I was really surprised at how much I retained from building the book examples. With little trouble I was able to sketch my design in illustrator and know where to put tabs and how to format the various pieces of my automata.

    What is one thing you really like about your project?

    I like my idea more after I modified my idea slightly to be more personal. Before my project idea was to connect to twitter and have a bird fly whenever someone tweets to you or you have a message. But I wanted it to be more personal than that. I was inspired by a project called “Like-a-hug” * where a user is wearing an inflatable vest and whenever someone likes something the vest inflates and gives them a hug. I wanted to create something similar so I made a desk cactus for my mom (I was thinking about Mother’s day) and whenever myself or any of my siblings tweet to the cactus the cactus dances to let her know we are thinking of her. I wish to continue exploring ways to communicate/let others know of our presence without using words or images.

    *Like-A-Hug (http://allthingsd.com/20121007/better-than-a-poke-heres-like-a-hug-the-vest-that-lets-your-facebook-pals-reach-out-and-touch-you/)

    What is one thing you think is unique or important about your project?

    I think my automata itself is simple but I think the meaning behind it is what makes it unique. Also I took the idea of a cactus – which can sometimes appear sharp and unwelcoming – and attempted to design it in a way that was friendly and loving.

  • sarahewever 8:28 pm on March 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Midterm Automa Sketches 


    I. Twitter Bird

    For this concept instead of a sensor I would want to get data from Twitter. It would ideally hang from the ceiling above your desk and anytime someone tweets to you it bobs up and down and flaps it’s wings.


    II. Scared Hedgehog

    This is inspired from my hedgehog Dexter who is scared of everything. It would be built like the robot and whenever it sensed anyone around it would put up spikes and try to run away.


    III. Weather Forecast

    This would be like the duck pond automa and connect to some form of a weather API and rotate to a regular servo that rotates to the correct weather symbol for the day.


    IV. Brain Waves

    I did a lot of work with the Mind Flex last semester and wanted to maybe use it again. I have no idea honestly how this one would be constructed but I would want it to look like one of the orbs you see at science museums and the waves from the center move while you’re concentrating.


    V. Instagram

    This would be similar to the twitter one and whenever someone likes one of your Instagrams a little desk hipster puts on glasses. It would work similar to the peek-a-boo bear.


    VI. Morning Glory

    When trying to think of a natural object that is different during the day than it is during the night I thought of the morning glory that blooms only during the day and closes at night. This would sit by a window and use a photosensor.

  • sarahewever 10:48 pm on February 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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