Twitter/M&M/Arduino Machine

Uncategorized — alan_herman @ 8:20 pm

I had some trouble with my twitter account connecting to my Processing app. The video shows almost everything except when I get M&Ms which failed this time. We saw it in class though. I would fix the problem but I do have a lot of time constraints this weekend so here is the documentation for everything else.

Face Controlled Game – FaceOSC/Processing/MaxMsp

Uncategorized — alan_herman @ 2:12 am

Video Documentation:

Link to Download FaceOSC:
FaceOSC Download URL

Processing Code:

* oscP5parsing by andreas schlegel
* example shows how to parse incoming osc messages "by hand".
* it is recommended to take a look at oscP5plug for an
* alternative and more convenient way to parse messages.
* oscP5 website at

import oscP5.*;
import netP5.*;

int int0;
int int1;
int int2;
int x1 = 600/2-50;
int y1 = 600/2-50;
boolean won = false;

OscP5 oscP5;
NetAddress myRemoteLocation;

void setup() {
oscP5 = new OscP5(this,12000);
myRemoteLocation = new NetAddress("",12000);

void draw() {
if((Math.abs(x1-int0) < 3) && (Math.abs(int1-60) < 3) || won == true) {
else if(won == false){
rect(x1, y1, 60, 60);
rect(int0, y1, int1, int1);

void oscEvent(OscMessage theOscMessage) {
if(theOscMessage.checkAddrPattern("/number")==true) {
int0 = (int)theOscMessage.get(0).floatValue();
int1 = (int)theOscMessage.get(1).floatValue();
int2 = (int)theOscMessage.get(2).floatValue();

Max5 Patch:
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Twitter Ideas (Alan Herman)

Uncategorized — alan_herman @ 1:09 pm

The first idea is to have a small sound recorder hidden under a coffee table in a coffee shop. Every fifteen minutes the sound recorder records fifteen seconds of sound and uploads it to twitter. The idea is that every hour or half an hour or fifteen minutes someone new is sitting at the table and having a random or meaningful conversation. With fifteen seconds recorded we can have a rough idea of what is going on and in a way get a snapshot into someone’s daily life.

Put a touch sensor in your hand for a day and every time you touch something it tweets. The idea is that you become aware of the interactions that you have everyday. And also of the times when those interactions occur. Maybe you can see patterns from everyday and understand more about yourself, maybe nothing significant actually happens and you don’t find anything interesting. I think its worth the experiment though.

More on the business side, something that could be interesting to make is an app that tweets every time a cash register opens. This way, the owner can keep better track of what is going on in his business. Maybe he can get useful information of unusual movement like the register opening at 3:00 AM or opening too much at a particular time.

Looking Outwards 5 – Alan Herman

Uncategorized — alan_herman @ 4:51 am

This week I looked up the work of the artists who are coming to art and code 3D this weekend and here I share the works I found most interesting.

The first project is an interesting video which combines some very blurry images in which you can see some objects some times and other times you just can’t distinguish anything, the video is from a bike ride in NYC by the artist James George. What I found most interesting about it is that it creates a feeling of being in a state between reality and imagination which is very immersive and it made me feel as if I was in someone else’s dream. I enjoy very much when an art work transports me into a different reality, when it makes me feel differently from how I usually feel and gets me in a different state of mind. In the case of this work, this is exactly what I felt.

The second project I found is by Elliot Woods and Mimi Son. It shows a tree which gets augmented digitally (in a non-invasive way) where the leaves of the tree act as 3D pixels and are used to show volumetric light effects. The cool thing for me is that this takes a tree and it transforms it into a different tree which changes every time and reacts to people’s gestures. The patterns of light reflected on the tree create a show of lights which integrates nature and not nature very nicely. I like the idea behind the project as well which responds to this question “we ask how can an unscripted natural entity within our environment can also be visually celebrated.” This project retains the essence of a tree, but ultimately it transforms it into something completely different.

The last project I found which is by Zach Lieberman is a lights show which doesn’t take place but is the building for the Ars Electronica museum in Linz, Austria. As the previous project, this one uses light patterns to transform an existing structure, in this case not a natural one, into a show which constantly changes and ambients a city differently. I found particularly interesting, some of the light patterns which made the building feel like it was a person because it looked like it was breathing (minute 3). As the first project, with this one I felt transported. It felt like a building of the future. I find it interesting that when I think I am seeing something from the future, it is often the case that it is a transformation of something that already exists but that feels a lot more interactive than it does in the present, maybe that is what the future is, a much more interactive way of living.

First Arduino Project (using two sensors to control game)

Project — alan_herman @ 3:19 am

Looking Outwards 4 – Alan Herman

LookingOutwards — alan_herman @ 5:22 am

The video below shows an electronic harp which is made up of an Arduino and some lasers. This is the first time I see lasers used for making a musical instrument and I thought it was really cool in terms of the idea, but also very cool visually. Jean Michell Jarre is a musician who actually uses an electronic harp in his concerts. It is interesting that this harp is actually made with an Arduino (the one on the video) so it seems like something that I could potentially do by myself perhaps as a final arduino project. The name of the maker of this project is Stephen Hobley and you can find his website which is his name .com


I found this wearable motorcycle when I was looking for “real iron man” suits, it is not the first thing that comes up but it was there. I think this is a pretty cool concept and it is by a guy who was a college junior when he made it, his name is Jake Loniak. I’ve always been interested in enhancing the capabilities that humans have through technology that we not only use but that it is part of us. So we and the technology become one. This motorcycle which I see more as a suit, reminded me a lot of the people in the movie Wall-E who live sitting in a chair but the chair takes them everywhere, I posted an image of it below.

The last project is one that is very similar to a led lights project which Craig showed where by turning on and off leds in certain patterns, shapes are created. The specific shapes in the example we saw were birds. The project I found is made using an Arduino but it has the same idea of the example we saw. It seems like also a cool possible final arduino project although I am not sure how complicated it would actually be. I found the specific blue leds along with the music used very relaxing and aesthetically pleasing.

Looking Outwards 3 (Alan Herman)

Uncategorized — alan_herman @ 1:15 am

Jamie Beck is a photographer based in NYC who in collaboration with animator Kevin Burg produced animated gifs. Although an animated gif is not necessarily a very advanced thing to do, the way these pictures are animated is really good and it gives them a feeling of an in-between still picture and a movie. It is very similar to the paintings that you see in the Hogwarts school in Harry Potter. The website where the collection of these pictures can be found is Looking at the picture for the first time, you see everything still and then suddenly you see a slight change in the picture which makes you feel surprised.

I saw this a couple of years ago and I found it really interesting. Although it is not real, it is designed to seem like it is. Genpets are supposed to be genetically engineered pets which are hibernating until you buy them and open their package. In reality, they are actually “robots” although they are not autonomous. There are a couple of videos online where you can see them moving inside of their boxes. This pets are also supposed to have different personalities and actually depending on the color of the package’s top, you can get for example an athletic and energetic genpet if you get the package with the red top. The artist is called Adam Brandejs and his website is

What I found really interesting about this piece, more than the shapes it created, is the size of the display and the effect that has on the work. Being a computer program, if the resolution is very good, it should be scalable to any size. Seeing the person walking in the video, it is interesting to me the feeling that the color combination and the shapes drawn in that size create on the person. To me, watching it in my computer monitor, it was a very immersive experience. I imagine how it would feel if you put those same images in a spherical screen and place a person inside of it. I think for a while, being in that place makes you feel transported to a different universe. That idea of completely immersive art I find fascinating.

Looking Outwards 2 (Alan Herman)

Uncategorized — alan_herman @ 6:19 am

This is a really cool project I found on OpenProcessing where you get a 3D face made out of dots. The coolest thing about this project to me is that it has a very futuristic feeling to it, by this I mean that it feels like you are playing with something completely different from what you have ever before played and it makes you feel like you are interacting with an object from the future which triggers thoughts about how we will work with objects in the future. Maybe in the mornings we will wake up and we can try out different hair styles or maybe we can play with objects in this way. To me it feels a little like the movie Minority Report and how the characters interact with everyday object. An interesting thing to point out is that the code is made of less than one hundred lines (distributed in three files). is a giant digital canvas where everyone can draw pictures or write something and it will stay there until either somebody else erases it or the page gets shut down. It is very cool because it is a collaborative painting and there are actually some very nice drawings combined with others. The most interesting aspect to me about the project, besides the collaboration, is the fact that the painting is constantly changing and being transformed by the users so the painting is never really the same.,0,1

The last project I want to show is Project Milo which was a project which never went to retail but was unveiled as a prototype in the E3 video game fair in 2009. It is a game or maybe it cannot be considered a game, in which a virtual charracter who is a kid called Milo interacts with the user and reacts to the voice, motion and emotions of the user. If it was true, it would be a really cool friend to have. It is just very interesting to me the possibility of this actually being part of the near future.

I also wanted to share this video just because I think it is a really awesome project going on at CMU with very cool applications for the future in general and for art, it is called Claytronics.


Looking Outwards (Alan Herman)

LookingOutwards — alan_herman @ 6:53 am

I found this link on OpenProcessing and it leads to a very cool interactive project where you click anywhere on the application and the image of a field (in this case a set of connected blue lines) wraps around the place where you clicked and expands the field to where you clicked. What is cool is that you figure out various ways to play with the application by trying for example to get many holes from the image apart as they tend to merge when they are near. It is a fun way to spend some time and I think simple applications like this one can make a boring place a bit more fun. Life

This is probably one of the most interesting virtual worlds created so far. The reason I share this link is because I think of the potential that virtual worlds have to make our encounters with art more interactive and our everyday life more interactive. In Second Life, you can travel to massive virtual places created entirely from peoples’ imagination and even some real life places like cities in Germany and Spain. It would be really cool if we could actually put on some goggles and just walk around the places in second life and truly interact with the objects. Like if someone creates for example a skyscraper, it would be really cool to actually be able to navigate it as if it were a real skyscraper. I just think that the potential of virtual worlds to make our daily lives more interactive is huge.

Second Life

Microsoft Surface is a table version of a tablet PC but with lots of other features such as interactions with various objects, connection with other wireless devices, etc. The reason I post it is because it has many features that make it interesting as a constantly changing piece of interactive art. With it you can have multiple people drawing on a screen at the same time which seems like a fun activity for people. People like to get involved in group activities and having huge screens on walls, tables and other places seems like a good idea to get groups together painting or playing music or whatever other way the Surface can be used.







Project 13 (Alan Herman)

Uncategorized — alan_herman @ 6:08 am

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