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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.