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  • yaoukar 8:04 pm on April 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Concept Proposal Youmna+Daniela 


  • yaoukar 4:28 am on April 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: building, cardboard, cubicle, fantastic, gadget, office, surreal, toys   

    Midterm: Building Cubicles by Youmna and Daniela 

    Building Cubicles is interactive sculptural piece that takes the shape of a building.

    The building has different compartments where different characters live.

    The public is invited to open each door to discover the characters personality.

    When a user opens the door, the paper automatas start to move in different ways. This movements is triggers by a sensor, in this case an ultra sonic range finder.

    The narrative behind the piece is fantastic and funny.

    The characters act like spies. They are intended to be funny and to some extent absurd and creepy.

    The building and the automatas are made out of cardboard, chipboard and different papers.

    We mixed these materials with hand drawn illustrations because we wanted to convey a comic, sketchy look and feel.

  • yaoukar 11:53 pm on March 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Midterm Free Writing 

    Title of project: Building Cubicles by Youmna and Daniela

    1- Daniela and I made a mini toy installation where users can interact with different mini doors from a cardboard building. When the user opens the door, a character would be represented and start to animate. Each character has a personality and tells a different story.

    Building the gears for these different characters was pretty hard.

    I started off by building one of the gear example from the Karakuri book because I wanted to make a character that has a tongue that wiggles. So I thought that making a gear that could push the tongue would be helpful.

    The paper was really thin and it broke very easily.

    After doing the first prototype, I decided to explore different materials such as cardboard and chipboard.

    Working with these materials was better for me but sometimes the chipboard was too sturdy and it didn’t allow for the movement to happen.

    So a mixture of light and heavy paper would have been ideal.

    2-I really like the aesthetics of our project. Making the characters was really fun. Using different materials ranging from cardboard to poster boards to strings was very challenging. Thinking about the characters personalities was also very fun. Thinking about what emotion every character would incite in people lives was also in interesting process. I like the fact that our piece is a  combination of  humor and irony.

    3-I think that the most unique thing about our piece is the fact that we created an environment for our characters through the structure of the building. We were inspired by the writer named Chris Ware and especially his piece called Building stories.



  • yaoukar 10:22 pm on March 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Bureaucratie Paper Automata 

    Paper Automata is using a continuous servo motor and a ultra sonic range finder to control the movement of the toy.

    When the user comes close to the toy, the movement stops. When the users goes far from the toy, the movement goes faster.

  • yaoukar 9:28 pm on March 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Embedded Arduino Paper Automata Journal 

    1-What did you find surprising difficult in the Embedded Arduino Paper Automata project?

    The most difficult part of this project was to construct the actual Automata. The pieces were really tiny and I had to be very meticulous in order to do it right. In order to succeed the task I divided the process into four separate phases: Cutting, folding, gluing and assembling. 

    I also had trouble embedding the servo into the model in order for the rotation to happen. I broke the rotation handle the first time I did it  because it was set up to 180 degrees. 

    The last thing that I found difficult is to embedded all the items into one single entity. I had trouble making the model stable without a base so I tried different approaches to make it work. I tried gluing, using tape and even creating a die cut to keep the model stable. 

    2-What did you find surprisingly easy?

    I found the code pretty straight forward. Playing around with the values of the distance made the process easier. 

    The initial code we did in class, the one that uses Serial print to control the rotation angle was very helpful because I calibrated the servo in order to have more control and be aware of the speed and the rotation angle. 

    3- Did you get inspired with any derivative work from doing this project

    When I broke the rotation handle while doing this exercise, I went back and read the book Karakuri and was inspired by their method to create the rotation. 

    I found the Japanese approach easier and straightforward.

    I also looked into japanese device art. 

  • yaoukar 7:35 pm on March 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply  


    My name is Youmna Aoukar, I come from Beirut, Lebanon. My background is in graphic design and video production. Before coming to DT, I was working as a freelance designer, designing visual/ ux experiences for startups in NY. I also worked in Shanghai for a couple of months as an exhibition designer. And I recently worked in a interactive advertising agency as a interactive designer. I love making short films and experimental video as a hobby. 

    I was motivated to take this class, because I have been really excited about physical computing since I came to DT. I have been trying to learn as much as possible about Arduino. I made a couple of experimental devices for my previous classes and had a lot of fun making them. Plus, I am interested in playful experiences and was always curious about making toys. I also feel that this class can complement my thesis since I am making an interactive installation that uses objects or artifacts to control sound and video. I hope that I could also integrate movement to my piece.

    My favorite toy when I was a kid was the etch a sketch tablet. I always loves to sketch and draw since I was little. I loved the fact that you can create very abstract shapes and it would always look great. 

    These days, I am interested in creating surreal objects for office spaces to enhance interaction and collaboration between co-workers. I am also interested in working with fans since I am working on a project about scent. 

  • yaoukar 2:46 am on March 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: movement, paper toy, serial communication,   

    Paper Cat Automata 

    Paper Cat Automata is being controlled by a continuous servo motor and is using a serial communication to control the pace of the movement.

  • yaoukar 2:33 am on March 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: paper robot, , ultrasonic range finder   

    Robot Paper Automata 

    Paper Robot Automata is being controlled by a continuous servo motor and a ultrasonic range finder.

    If the user comes close to the robot, the movement of the robot goes faster.
    If the user moves far from the robot, the movement of the robot goes slower and stops at a certain distance.

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