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  • Yury Gitman 9:59 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Making Toys – For April 9th 

    Make and Post 7 Prototypes for your concept(s).

    2-3 Role Specific Protos

    2-3 Detailed Look and Feel Protos

    2-3 Implementation Protos

    –ALSO post your Venn Diagrams into your First Prototypes Post.

  • Joe Volpe 5:23 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Final: prototypes 

    As of now my project is named “trick tracker”. It will be a device that tracks height and rotation for bmx riders. Some day I hope this device will be developed further to track an extensive library of bmx tricks.

    Look and Feel Prototype:

    This device will be mounted on the down tupe on any bmx frame. This is the ideal placement due to it being the point of least contact during riding and other bmx tricks.

    The electronics for the device will be imbedded into this foam pad that will be wrapped in decorative fabric. Not only is the padding practical but, the padding holds a nostalgic feeling to most riders and will be a retro throw back reference to the younger days of freestyle bmx of the early 1980’s.

    This second look and feel is strictly functional. This light weight plastic or rubber housing will contain all of the electrons and will aim to use the least amount of mounting space as possible. There is still room to play with color here but this design aims to remove itself practically and visual from the bike.

    This is an example photo of a previously used bike mount for a cell phone camera, my model would ideally be similar.

    Role Prototype:

    In the role involving the average consumer, I imagine this product being used as a way to document tricks and rider progression and sharing it on line.

    2. I also can see a role being used in conjunction with a video camera app or camera app on smart phones to aid this documentation, sharing, and user experience.

    My last predicted role, this product could be used during televised competitions to create athletic statistics. A rider’s average speed, height, and rotation could be documented and displayed in a news ticker during the competition.

    Implementation Prototype:

    1. I imagine that this could be built as a smart phone app, as smart phones do possess most of the necessary hardware to achieve this. I am just concerned about physical placement of the phone on the bike or the body of the rider, and types on phones varying in too much of a degree for it to be widely accepted.

    2. My second implementation involves actually building the electronics using arduino. I would like the arduino to transmit the athletic statistics to a smart via blue tooth.
    I have already begun to test out a variety of sensors for this project. The height from the ground information will be gathered using an ultrasonic range finder, and rotation will use a combination of accelerometers, composes, and gyros. All of this will need to by gyroscopically mounted to the down tupe the bike frame.

    3. Implementation three involves building a motion tracking suit. By using a camera in conjunction with a variety of motion tracking points on the bike and rider, one could eventually write computer vision software that tracked tricks. This is the most elaborate and complex theoretical implementation.


    Sports Bio Engineering PhD student Tristan McNab plans on developing iphone software to track athletic information during track and field sports .

    also here is a link to an array of athletic uses for various sensors http://wockets.wikispaces.com/WirelessMonitors

    Chaotic Moon Labs’ “Board of Awesomeness” is intended as a technology teaser to show how perceptive computing can turn around the way we look at user experiences. The project utilizes a Microsoft Kinect device, Samsung Windows 8 tablet, a motorized longboard, and some standard and custom hardware to create a longboard that watches the user to determine what to do rather than have the operator use a wired or wireless controller. The project uses video recognition, speech recognition, localization data, accelerometer data, and other factors to determine what the user wants to do and allows the board to follow the operators commands without additional aid.


  • 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 …)

  • kasiawitek 12:38 am on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “Feeling Presence” PROTOTYPES 


    KISSINGER: transmitting a kiss over a distance.

    HERE AND THERE: Emotional communications tool for families that are separated by long distances.

    KUMA: A TEDDY BEAR PHONE: To use it, you need to pick the teddy bear up and put it’s snout near to your ear as if it is whispering to you.

    FOR SOMETHING STRAIGHT UP CREEPY: ROBOT GIRLFRIEND : for lonely men. HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE. I don’t care how lonely you are.

    Using her infrared sensors and battery power, the diminutive damsel named “EMA” puckers up for nearby human heads, entering what designers call its “love mode.”

    She’s very lovable and though she’s not a human, she can act like a real girlfriend.”















  • lizastark 7:47 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Project Concepts || Caitlin+Liza 

    Descriptions coming soon!

  • 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

  • Joe Volpe 7:09 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Pulse Sensor:iteration 2 

    My second iteration was an experiment of creating a different shape with the fabric provided and adding additional circuits and leds, and an embedded speaker to work with the pulse sensor.

    I began to see the limitations of using an arduino uno board with the pulse sensor as I would have enjoyed using pwm pins with this project to fade the lights but the timers are being devoted to the pulse sensors.

  • Joe Volpe 5:59 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Pulse sensor: iteration 1 

    For my first use of the pulse sensor and its accompanying code, I created a heart as instructed on the pulse sensor website and embedded my arduino uno board inside it. I then powered my board with a 9volt battery. Performing this task allowed me to gain a feel of working with fabric as I have never worked with fabrics or sewing before. While doing this I also learned that the fade loop within the code actually disrupts the pulse sensors count, and the pulse was not accurate until this bit was commented out. In my next iteration I plan on creating an additional plush toy with additional circuits using more digital pins on my arduino uno board.

  • kasiawitek 4:00 am on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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  • kasiawitek 11:23 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Old post. Light animation + sound 

    Arduino + 2 lonely chickens.

  • Yury Gitman 7:15 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Fabric, stuffing, and 9-volt batt packs. 


    Supplies for fabric and stuffing are in the last cabinet in pcomp lab. With sign on it “for wireless class only”. Please take what you need an leave materials for others. But feel free to use it all if you are the last person.

  • lizastark 3:13 am on February 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    animateObject Prototype: Stress Box 

    This is a series of LED boxes controlled by keyboard inputs via Arduino. First it wakes up, still a bit tired, but quickly decides to talk to you. But then it begins to become anxious while speaking, and its generally calm fade enter a frenetic spiral of light. Exhausted and fragmented from this bout of stress, it becomes tired again, eventually going back to sleep.

    Rearrange its face as you see fit for an expression of anxiety!

    Also (and just for fun), while I did miss the last class, I was making a littleBits toy during the same time for a workshop. I LOVE electrical tape.

  • Joe Volpe 1:03 am on February 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Emotion LED’s inside a box project 

    I found this project to be very rewarding and refreshing. I was surprised about how quickly it came together once I had obtained all of my supplies. Time is always an issue especially when working full time and attending courses.

    Below is a video of my first iteration of this project. Soon I’ll be wiring up a speaker that will play 8 bit sound effects to accompany this box of lights.

    Be aware that the video trails on a bit as I didn’t cut the music correctly. The videos is over after the calming section fades to black.

  • Yury Gitman 10:48 pm on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Making Toys Assignment for Tues 21st. 

    Make a “Living Light Object”

    Create an enclosure (of any material) that diffuses and hides your LEDs (and optionally your Arduino).

    Using If and Else If, create 3 different LED Animations.  The 3 animations should be Keyboard controlled.  The three animations should show 3 different states:

    1) Waking Up, or Alert

    2) Falling Asleep, or Soothing

    3) Think or Chaos

    Use If statements, Knighrider, and Fading LED code to make your 3 animations.  Your enclosure should not expose that LED’s are creating the light, but should instead be itself the light source.  Concentrate on the use of Light, Color, and Time to recreate the illusion of life.

    • Adam 11:27 pm on February 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      On the blog it says that the assignment is due on the 21st but in class you had said that it was due the 16th. When would you like for us to have the enclosed LED ready for?

  • lizastark 11:24 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


  • KB 9:44 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    UFO toy deconstruction 

    Here are some photos from the deconstruction that we completed in class. 

  • KB 9:37 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Kierstie KJ Barr 

    My name is Kj Barr. I am from the Bay Area. This is my first year in DT. My favorite toy growing up was teddy teddy roxpin


    This toy came with a book. I was able to place a small tape into the bum of the teddy bear and its mouth would move and he would read to me.

  • kasiawitek 9:37 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Tiny Love Sheep 

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