Plaster and Other Things

Being asked to make something out of two alternative materials, the hardest part was just picking which of those materials to work with. There are too many choices! And the temptation to work with something I already know was incredibly…

Motors and button presses

Being able to count instances of a sensor change using a peak value would have been incredibly helpful last week when trying to figure out how to get my lantern to take a useful reading. My problem then was all…

Coloring Book (In progress)

I didn’t make this box! We’re supposed to make an enclosure for something and while the idea of a book occurred to me pretty fast, I’m short on time this week. So Michael’s kindly had this box already available for…

There was a lot my partner and I wanted to make this do initially… We wanted the buttons to start at a random rotations and spin at a slider controlled speed. They also would have been able to change colors! We…

Digital and Analog

I like working through the labs a few times outside of class because even if I think I get it in theory, the repetition of physically putting it together (and breaking it…) helps me to fully understand. So I know…

Laser Cutter Adventures

Our assignment for Fabrication this week was to make something on the laser cutter. I decided to take this opportunity to combine projects, and build a housing for my physical computing assignment as well – a lantern that responds to…

Citi Bike Watching

For PComp this past week we were asked to pick a piece of interactive technology in public and observe it in use (be sneaky!). I initially wanted to watch Chloe, what seems to be a giant vending machine for dvds and…

Week 2 of ICM and we’re getting into using variables and animating using code. I could have recycled the sketch from last week for this assignment but I think Cheese Face is already a little strange without needing to move… Though…

Bloodchild Audio

Sound editing sits pretty outside of my realm of experience. Everything I’ve ever studied or worked on has been visual. So it was a little difficult to wrap my head around building something that I couldn’t see or sketch out…

Playing with Switches

Our second week of PComp involved actually setting up a breadboard – LEDs, switches, resistors, and Arduino as power supply. And though I hardly know what the huge assortment of other available parts do yet, these few basic ones? I…