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.

Array of Balls

This is a project testing the array and loop features in processing. Every time the user clicks the screen a new bouncing ball is created. See it in action here.

Knobs and Computers

So this week for our lab in P Comp we are having fun with knobs and laptops, aka potentiometers and controlling Processing through the arduino. Below is an image of the arduino with the potentiometer connected to it and below that there are two videos that were created while I was controlling Processing with the potentiometer. Click and watch the purdy colors.

The Asshole

For our video and sound final film we were inspired by the stereotypical new york asshole who just doesnt give a crap about anyone else but himself. Watch the short film below to see what happens when your a dick to everyone around you, what goes around…

Snow Arduino

So for our Intro to Physical Computing class we learned how to make simple tones and notes using just the arduino. I attached three pressure sensors to communicate with my laptop and output a note to the attached speaker. To make things a little more interesting I decided to play a song. Rather than choosing something like Old McDonalds or Happy Birthday, I opted to choose something a little more current. So below is a video of me playing along to Snow Patrols Chasing Cars. Im not a huge personal fan or anything, but hey its only three chords and crazy easy to play. Enjoy Snow Arduino, haha, god Im such a nerd.


This is a test using servo motors and the arduino. A pressure sensor is hooked up to a servo motor which is attached to a finger board. When the pressure sensor is pushed the servo motor acts as a leg (or finger) and scoots the board across my dining room table. Ok so it only goes about 6 or 7 inches but its not the distance it goes its how well it works, ha. Video below.