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Beat Box Progress

So over the last week we have made some great progress on our Beat Box. We got the wooden top purchased from a lumber yard in Woodstock, NY, you can see my buddy Chris in the above photo cutting this gorgeous piece of Mahogany down to size for me. As for the size of the box I am going back and forth between having everything wooden or using plexi to reveal the technical side of the piece. I really like the idea of having a nice natural piece of wood for the lid and having the technological side revealed below it for contrast, but I can also see the reason for keeping all that hidden and more of a mystery.

Musical Bouncing Balls

For my Intro to Computer Media midterm I wanted to do something with collision detection and audio. With this as my general goal I started playing around with bouncing balls and turned that into a drum machine like application. Whenever a ball crosses the center point of the screen 1 of 10 audio tracks will play depending on where the ball crosses along the x-axis of the center point. You can click to add more balls to the mix and create beats. I also tried to program the arrow keys to control the speed or tempo of the balls, although I did not succeed with that I accidentally figured out how to turn gravity on with the right arrow, pause everything with the down arrow, flip gravity with the left arrow and turn off gravity with the up arrow. Gotta love happy accidents. Below is a link to a javascript version of the application along with two version of the application for download, the first is more rhythmic and the second is more abstract and random. Enjoy!

Confetti Wall of AWESOME

For our physical computing media controller project Inessah, Amik and I decided to create a confetti machine where the user can control the height of the confetti by raising and lowering their hand. We first tried using a DC computer fan with a ultra sonic sensor which worked perfectly for controlling the speed of the fan based on the distance of your hand but it soon became clear that a 12 volt computer fan wasn’t at all powerful enough to blow a large amount of confetti more than about a foot.