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  • ZX 3:19 pm on May 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Final _ stateCheck 



    Actually there is a pressure sensor in disguise 😀 😀 😀 😀


    Below are some pics about the process:


  • ZX 7:27 pm on April 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Role and Look/Feel Prototype for Final 

    I want to make a series of dirty little robots for the final.

    They are constructed of metal scrap found on the city streets, old record covers, and electronic components.
    Their role is to sort out human thoughts in a robotish way, bring quirky little joy to the overloaded human minds
    of city people. In this kind of manifestation the negative stuff of your overloaded mind is gone.

    How it works:

    You open the app and type words about what’s in your troubled mind.
    As soon as you click “that’s it”, all the little robots move into action as a
    composition to interoperate/translate your words…some blink, some
    walk, some roll, some make noise, bla bla bla…… What the robots
    actually do is XXXXXX. The time they do it depends on the length of
    the words you typed.

    Why I chose the material that I chose: 

    1. Worn out stuff has a natural soothing function.
    It has solid psychological background.

    2. Metal scrap comes from the New York City streets.
    If the dirty little robots bring you positive feelings, it’s
    like the tension/anxiety/worries of you brought by
    New York City can also be cured by New York City.
    How romantic.

    3. Old record covers has a very long history/memory
    of music and the people who loved them.
    How romantic.




  • ZX 5:42 pm on April 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Midterm Prototype 

    It’s not stable, because I left the upper side open…
    What do we do with the noise of the servos…

  • ZX 3:08 pm on March 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  




    surprising: The one about Moiré Pattern is difficult.

    what I really like: The aesthetics. The process of making feels so good.

    what’s unique: The aesthetics.

  • ZX 2:35 pm on March 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    So I googled "Chinese paper toy"…… 

    Chairman Mao Free Paper Toy

  • ZX 5:31 am on March 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    A Reference 

    I really can’t hold myself from recommending this page:

    http://www.robives.com/mechs (Designing Paper Animation)


  • ZX 8:04 pm on March 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Midterm x 6 



    Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 9.27.27 AM



  • ZX 2:19 am on March 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Free Writing About the Third One 


    I think every aspect of this one is relatively easy.



    inspired or not by others:

    Yes. Jeannette’s athlete looked surprisingly cute. I thought it would be boring when I was looking at the template on the book. And all the enthusiastic alterations were really cool.

    another thing:

    USB Battery Pack works really responsive, it has no problem with Arduino code and hardware but you have to press the restart button if the motor stops for more than, in my case, 6 seconds. So I guess it’s not proper to use if the toy is designed to be fully turned off when the user is not near it. Maybe we could use a forever lit LED to keep the circuit running but it’s kind of a waste.

  • ZX 2:15 am on March 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply  



    The closer you are, the faster it rolls!


  • ZX 2:36 am on March 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    First Eight Basic Mechanisms from Book Three 

    Hi classmates I made the first eight basic mechanisms from book three and turned them into a GIF.

    Hope it’s helpful 😀

    Click the pic below to play!


  • ZX 7:45 am on March 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  


    What is your academic and professional background?
    Journalism. I’m good at making music video 😀

    What motivated you to take this class?
    Physical computing has been my major crush since I came to DT. I took Soft Circuits last semester. This semester I’m taking Physical Computing 1, Wireless Toys and Sensemakers, all to satisfy my physical computing cravings. I was really excited when I knew we were going to do mechanical toys. I’ve been trying to make kinetic sculptures with my limited physical computing skill since the beginning of last semester, mainly around trying to alter a praxinoscope and making huge paper gears to navigate printed out photographs. I used to have a problem about controlling a motor properly. This course has helped me quite a lot. And all the sensors seem fun to me. About the bluetoothed iPhone thing I still couldn’t imagine what it feels like. I’m looking forward to explore. To me what’s fascinating about physical computing is the lifelike mojo it creates, just like GIF!!

    What is your favorite childhood toy?
    A stuffed bear with a button on its belly. He says “I love you” when the button is pressed.

    What is your favorite thing to play with these days?
    A pulse sensor. A praxinoscope. Self-made artsy stuff like this. Reddit.

  • ZX 6:06 am on March 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    PaperCraft02_controlling servo with ultrasonic rangerfinder 



  • ZX 8:07 pm on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Homework_First Paper Toy 


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