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  • theliztaylor 9:20 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Here are some images of my jellyfish.

    Here are some pictures of the shell of the first iteration:

    For the second iteration, I pulled out the electronics of the first and just added a new outer structure.  I also added sound.  Here are images of that version:

    It was a fun process, and I liked using sound, which I haven’t done a whole lot of before.  I also like the idea of trying to convey different emotional states with just led lights.  That was much harder with the 8bit sound though, at least for me.  Maybe for future iterations of this kind of project I would buy a wave shield, or connect the project to a computer so that I could use Max/msp to control the sounds.

    Here is a video of the final piece:


  • theliztaylor 9:10 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Heart Box 

    My heart box is a play on the old game operation, except with this twist: you’re operating on yourself (or a friend).  First, you place the heart rate sensor on your ear.  Then you pick your instrument, and try to pull your heart out of the box.  If you’re successful, the heart continues to beat pink.  However, if you hit the side of the box, the heart turns blue and a small pancake motor (attached to the back of the heart) buzzes.  I liked working on this project a lot.  It would be fun to make a large box version with more than one body part and multiple kinds of sensors.

    Here are some images of my heart box:

    And heres a video of it blinking:


  • theliztaylor 8:58 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Wireless Toys Final / Thesis work 

    I ended up deciding to combine my wireless toys final with my thesis, and to explore more of the production aspects of my lamps.  This project is called Prisms, and its a series of small foldable lamps, that change color depending on how they are folded.

    My video is here:

    While the lamps worked well for a gallery installation, I still feel they’re too fragile and time consuming to be mass produced.  So I decided to start looking at other ways I could create them that would be faster and more reliable.  The first thing I investigated was getting pieces of Acrylic laser cut with where the circuit needed to go, so that I could either paint or embed the circuitry into the engraved areas of the acrylic.

    I also worked on designing a different PCB from the one I’m currently using.  Here is the current PCB:

    and here is the new triangular pcb and flexible joint that I designed:

    I also requested quotes for getting a batch order of PCBs (with the triangle being rigid and the joint being flexible) to be printed and populated from the following 6 places:

    but I only got two responses and only one quote.  Heres the quote I got:

    It was interesting exploring the production side of this project, I’m still not sure if PCBs if the direction I’d like to go, but I’m glad I explored it.  Also, here is a link to the presentation I made in class.

  • theliztaylor 6:37 pm on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    More Prototypes for Final – Liz Taylor 

    I’m a little behind this week, so for starters I did some detailed diagrams of what I’ll be doing.  Actual physical prototypes to come!




  • theliztaylor 6:01 am on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Prototypes – Liz Taylor 

    First, here is my venn diagram of domain interest. My domains are: Interaction through motion, Contemporary Art, Behavior of Litters, and Communication through Audio

    Here are my examples of prior art:


    Introducing Suwappu! from mcgarrybowen london on Vimeo.

    (More …)

  • theliztaylor 6:29 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Project Concepts-Liz Taylor 

    My concepts are all fairly similar, I basically know that I want to work with a group of small objects that are networked together and communicating.

    Idea 1: Small animal shaped objects/lamps or small geodescic objects/lamps that communicate to each other.  Each object has it’s own individual color when it is the only object in a zone. The closer they are to each other, the more they try to assume the same color.  I’m not sure what would determine the hierarchy of what final color they assume, unless it is that they’re always trying to mix between the colors. (aka a red object and a blue object would always turn purple)
    Loose precedent: Suwappu: http://www.dentsulondon.com/blog/2011/04/05/introducing-suwappu/

    Idea 2: Little objects made out of cardboard that have small motors/wheels that they can move around with.  They communicate and are always trying to find each other.  Once they find each other, they stop moving.
    Precedents: Tween Bots: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2011/talktome/objects/146369/
    Cardboard Radio: http://www.betterlivingthroughdesign.com/accessories/cardboard-radio.html

    Idea 3: Small sound objects (with some light) that serve as speakers that can communicate.  They’re running on max, and work together to build off each other’s sounds.  Possibly made out of clay or ceramics?
    Ohm: http://noisedesign.blogspot.com/2008/07/ohm-lo-fi-cardboard-sampler.html
    Cardboard Radio: http://www.betterlivingthroughdesign.com/accessories/cardboard-radio.htmlCeramic Speakers: http://fab.com/inspiration/ceramic-speakers-2

  • theliztaylor 9:32 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Spring Vibrating Baby Toy Deconstructed 

  • theliztaylor 8:18 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Liz Taylor 

    Background: I have a background in graphic design and studio art with some programming thrown in.  Since coming to Parsons I’ve gotten involved in physical computing and soft circuits.

    Why in Class: I’ve never made any objects that can communicate to the computer or each other wirelessly, so I’d like to explore how to do that.

    Favorite Childhood Toy: Barbie that’s hair changed color

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