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  • gracegotlost 9:18 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Simon Says: 3 Sketches & 3 Enclosures _ Tingshan Gou 

    1. 3 Sketches
    a. Replace buttons for photo resistors to enhance user experience


    b. Two players compete each other by taking turns to say and play using one Arduino


    c. Four players compete each other by taking turns to say and play using four Arduinos


    2. 3 Enclosures
    a. Leap Motion Container


    b. Pen Container


    c. Paper folding box


  • FluffyLeecy 4:22 pm on October 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    My Ideas For Simon Says 


    1. Clover Decor

    Use transparent plastic + half transparent  paper + LED inside, little buttons which can be held between two fingers



    2. Flower Pillow

    Carefully hide LEDs in the four petals of the flowers, use little buttons?( or photo resister)




    3. Xylophone



  • Siwen Li 6:29 am on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Button- and Light-operated Music Box 

    The device showcase the Five Notes of Chinese acient music—Do, Re, Mi, So, La—harmonious scale, up and down.

    Button- and Light-operated Music Box from lswlhn on Vimeo.

  • Tim Xiaofeng Lin 5:53 am on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Color Dial Device 

  • Tim Xiaofeng Lin 2:28 am on October 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Arduino Instrument w/ Buttons & Photo Resistor 

  • gracegotlost 4:31 pm on October 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Light&Sensor&Sound: Electronic Heart_Tingshan Gou 

    My idea is to create a visual/audio representation of Love. The sound was created based on the Initial Letter of me and my bf, which is GTS&YJL on the piano keyboard. The Green button represents when we are happy, while the Red button represents when we fight. I put the speaker in the middle of the heart, which looks like the heart can speak itself. I found it really interesting to arrange the wires, resistors, and other components like this. Apart from its function, the circuit is like a piece of work itself, quiet and humble, waiting for someone to push either of its color button, eager to tell its stories. In prototype 1, the button can not stay ON state itself once I moved my hand, so I have to hold the button and cover the sensor to change the mode. But in prototype 2 as I uploaded below, I used a variable to record the previous state of the button and changed the state only if the previous state is OFF and current state is ON. I also recreated the breadboard, cut off the +/- part of each board and combine them into one. Hope this won’t cause trouble to my later work >_<


    Below is the video:

  • Yury Gitman 3:35 pm on October 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Assignment for 4/11's Class 

    1)   Read and Do exercises pages: 105-108,  Programming Arduino. (Section on Library and Random Numbers)

    Re-read Analog Outputs section on Programming Arduino in Chapter 6.

    2)  Read and Do circuit 03 in the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit   RGB LED.

    3)  Create a “Color Dial Toy”. 

    Make a device with 1 RBD LED, 3 Potentiometer Knobs, and One Button.   Each one of the Knobs increases or decreases the value of and Red, Green, or Blue Value.   As you turn the 3 knobs you can mix the R, G, or B values individually.  When you push the button, the RGB LED changes colors Randomly.  IF button is pressed the LED turns all sorts of different colors.

    Note: I asked you to buy three Rotary Potentiometers. Use these or any 3 of similar value.

  • giang063 2:51 pm on October 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Musical Instrument 

    Make a real music instrument. Actions should change notes and time. I find pre-programmed musical loops frustrating for playing. Typical Lanier’s “locked-in” designs, maybe?
    Push button should change some playing “mode”.
    Original assignment: https://makingtoys.net/2013/09/27/1-read-and-do-exercises-pages-85-103/

    Prototype 1
    I first put a potentiometer to control the notes. They are playing a C Major scale, based on the frequencies I’ve found here.

    Prototype 2
    I added pauses between the notes so that they can articulate and I would have a tempo.

    Prototype 3
    I added a photo resistor to control the note value, i.e., duration. It feels more like a change in tempo, but it works.

    Prototype 4
    I added a push button to switch modes:

    • In the first mode, potentiometer controls notes and photo resistor changes time;
    • In the second mode, photo resistor controls notes and potentiometer changes time.

    The second mode feels more intuitive to play.

    The push button may need some adjustments to change modes properly. It may not be the best solution for a switch function.

    I added the bounce library and now it works perfectly!

  • Evander Batson 4:15 am on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    LED Array Homework &amp;&amp; Maker Faire Observations 


    6-LED Array with 4 different modes / includes potentiometer and buzzer




     FLOAT TABLE – by Rock Paper Robot

    A piece of furniture comprised of interconnected suspended cubes. The connecting elements are what seem like impossibly thin wires, giving the piece the illusion of floating. When I noticed a crack in one of the blocks that had been patched with gold, the artist explained to me their nod towards the wabi-sabi Japanese ceramics technique of kintsugi. I thought this small detail added another layer of interest to this already sublime table.


    Do-it-yourself aerial photography: A guided tour – by Engineers Without Borders – NY

    These guys went to Cambodia and built this amazing kite with a camera mount for getting areal snapshots from 300 feet in the air. I found this project interesting because I have done aerial photography in the past in the context of field archaeology. We sure as hell didn’t use a kite; we used a more standard method: attaching a roboticly-articulated camera rig to a small, tethered hot air balloon. When I asked Engineers Without Borders why they didn’t use a balloon, they told me that acquiring the necessary gasses such as helium is impractical in the remote areas of Cambodia. I found the invention of this kite system an elegant solution to that problem.


    Scale – by Leo Kang, Taezoo Park, Steven Jackson

    I think this piece was the most engaging of any at the Faire that I saw, if the excited reactions of the participants I saw is a indication of real engagement. This is an interactive conceptual art installation that speaks to us about the the trail of forgotten and obsolete devices we abandon in the wake of our lives as our consumers. Suddenly, their ghosts come back to haunt us in a chaotic and overwhelming groan. I think the biggest take away for me personally from the fair is despite how complex, practical, or innovative projects are, the quiet poetry of fine art has the most impactful and lingering resonance.


    https://vine.co/v/hvlVLmWuizx (scale in action)

    https://vine.co/v/hvLPuxZMwdE (coproduction with Stephanie Farah)







  • Tim Xiaofeng Lin 3:30 am on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire and Stuff 


    CREATORS: Robert Beatty and his families (donated to NYSCI)

    It is fascinating to see this model built by common people instead of professionals. The idea of generalization of techniques of making is very well demonstrated.




    CREATORS: NYSCI Science and Technology with COSEE OCEAN and artist, Colleen Flannigan

    The robot has mechanisms such as propellers to control its movement in the pool. The humanistic nature of the robot really makes me want to build my next project to relate to water somehow. I hope to see a camera or something attached to it.



    OWNER: Museum of Interesting Things

    CREATOR: Otto Meuter (around 1935)

    This calculator has a mysterious and inviting nature, which was also the case at the time when it was first introduced in Berlin, Germany by Meuter and also Kuebler, a business man. It can only add or subtract. Numbers are entered with the vertical sliders (one set for positive numbers and one for negative numbers) using the accompanying stylus. The result appears in the circular windows in the middle. Use the pull rod at the top of the right panel to clear/restart.


  • Yury Gitman 6:20 pm on September 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    PComp 3rd Class Assignment 

    1)  Read and Do Exercises in Programming Arduino:   pages 51-66

    2)  Review Circuit 4 from SparkFun Book.

    3)  Assignment:

    Using a Knob, make for 4 sound and light effects for your “pcomp toy”.
    One effect blinks leds in one direction along with sound, like a scale for example.  Second goes in another direction.  Third goes from inside to outside, along with different sounds.  The forth is a “little didi” of lights and sounds of your making, (a little song and dance of sound and LEDs).
    Your Void Loop should only have if statements and function calls in it. No FOR loops in your void loop.
    [ Learn how to encapsulate code into a function.]
    * Extra Credit
    Document 3 projects to Maker Faire.  “Document” means: One photo or video, Name of Project, Name of Creator(s), and 2-3 sentences describing it, 2-3 sentences of why you like it.
  • Evander Batson 6:34 pm on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hi friends,

    I am Evander. I started DT this year. I live in Bushwick (it’s only the coolest hood in NYC). I enrolled in pComp because I want my locker to have interior LED lights that turn on when you open the door. I have a background in classics and fine art.

    Here’s my portfolio: http://cudgelfish.com/ebportfolio/

    My favorite toy growing up was the Dino-Riders animatronic t-rex (the appeal should be obvious)




  • Yury Gitman 6:31 pm on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    PComp Second Class Homework 

    1)  Post On Blog:
    Short Bio  3-4 sentences
    Why you are in the class.
    Favorite Childhood toy  (if Picture).
    Headshot – in WordPress Author ID

    2)  Read Circuit 2 and 11.

    3)  Make 5 different sound effects that express an emotion.  As you turn the POT, they play.

    Emotions:    Alert,   Sadness,   Happiness,  Angry,  Love

  • Siri 12:23 am on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Final: Starbucksduck 

    I intended to make this a prank toy. Starbucksduck looks like a normal Tall Pike sitting on a table, until your friend two meters away begins controlling its lid via bluetooth from their iPhone to perform a rubber duck dance. In a real setting, the mechanics will be hidden under the table, leaving only the cup on.

    photo photo (1) photo (2)

  • danielagill 2:08 pm on May 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Final / Series of Toys controlled by iPad + Bluetooth 

    The Gadgets of Lola

    Youmna and I developed an interactive art installation that transports you into the life of a dreamy copywriter named Lola. She lives in a world where dreams and reality blend into each other.

    She is an inventor, in order to deal with her everyday drab, black and white, life she experiments everyday at her cubicle, she invents fantastical artifacts for transporting her into magical worlds.

    One of these fantastical artifacts that she has created is the Twirly. A device that looks like a gigantic camera, all made out of scraps she has found lying around her office (paper, cardboard, felt, pins) that when used transports you into a whimsical environment.

    Lola uses it to record her dreams. The camera may sort of look like a “normal” one but it doesn’t function like one. The contrary. It takes the pictures and videos from the person who’s holding it and viewing through the lenses. Meaning that it works the opposite way. When one sees someone holding the camera as a regular one pointing to any direction, he/she is actually taking pictures of her/himself. It takes them from inside.

    Later Lola realized that in order to watch her dreams that she recorded in the camera she needed another device. She invented the Eye – TV. An artifact that feeds wirelessly from the camera and plays all the pictures as a movie. The screen is very particular. It shoes a roll with all the pictures collaged. The experience of the narrative is surreal and non-linear.

    For both objects we used materials such as: cardboard, felt, paper, tape, glue gun, pins, led’s, servo motors, foam board, elastic bands, acetate paper and arduino.

  • Jen Matsumoto 6:37 am on May 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Power the BIke v2.0 

    In this version of “Power the Bike,” I wanted to expand on my midterm. I made a new, more sturdy version of the bike out of wood and paper. Second I adapted the app for the simple controls given to my specific contraption. The bluetooth technology allows the user to control the speed and direction of the turning bike wheel and turn on and off the light. I originally wanted to incorporate a sensor or code that allowed the light to turn on and stay on after a certain amount of spins that the wheel makes, but I was unable to get the working. Instead, I kept the manual control of the light and speed of the wheel to the user.

    From the midterm to now, I also came across news coverage of inmates in Brazil generating power for street lights by pedaling stationary bikes in jail. Maybe this “toy” idea I had can become a reality in everyone’s home. Real current events like this, showing that with the right creativity and innovation, anything can happen.

  • Soo 7:13 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Final: Whac-A-Mole 

    I made a toy, Whac-A-Mole. It is two players game toy. One player controls the mole up and down via iPhone, another player hits the mole with a paper mallet. When you successfully hit the mole, it makes a sound. The players play against; one player try to hit the mole and make a sound, but another player tricks. This idea came from class lessons: automata, servo, blue tooth shield, and xcode.

    Video: https://vimeo.com/66755009

    IMG_0184IMG_0181 1

  • Chy 8:43 pm on May 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Final / Midterm / before that 

    Phantom Mustache

    Screen Shot 2556-05-21 at 15.07.52Phantom-Mustache

    Phantom-Mustache4  Phantom-Mustache2

    first prototype / study model


    • Credit : taking by Samir




    Before Mid-term

    IMG_0314 IMG_0312

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