Twitter and Arduino

Uncategorized — alex_mallard @ 12:40 pm

These are some project ideas I had for the Twitter and Arduino project:

1. The idea of having something that tweets (twits?) when a sensor is activated doesn’t really appeal to me, however, being able to control something with a tweet does. I would like to build some sort of program that would make it so that people could tweet and control the colors in a RGB led contained in some sort other apparatus. That way people could create specific colors with a tweet.

2. If I was to use some sort of sensor, I would like to use a GPS sensor that would randomly, or at a set interval, tweet my exact GPS coordinates to Twitter. I think this would be interesting since I could then map the information to form a sort of path throughout my day. However, I don’t know if the GPS shield would be needed for this or a sensor (do they make sensors for that?).

3. Finally, I would use a light sensor to tweet everytime I change from a specific area of light to a rather dark area.

Alex Arduino Awesome (alliteration!)

Uncategorized — alex_mallard @ 3:18 am

Arduino Project 1

To see the video click here!

 

Looking Outwards 2

LookingOutwards — alex_mallard @ 4:43 am

Hacked Knitting Machine

Andrew Salomone basically hacked a knitting machine from the 1980’s in order to control what the machine prints. He says in the video that he uses a couple different codes in python (another coding language) to convert photos into pixelated images that are then converted into the format of the machine. The machine controls two different colors of thread and by switching between the two threads can knit images into the fabric, which can then be taken off and sewn together to form sweaters or other knitted items. My personal favorite of his projects is the Cosby sweater project; I sincerely hope that Bill Cosby does agree to wear that sweater. View the video here.

 

Seating Habits

This informative and interesting infographic (alliteration!) maps out the various seating preferences of students in a particular MIT class for the summer semester. It shows each students seat in each class, and throughout the classes you can see bonds develop between students as they decide where to sit. Some students move around, from row to row, or from seat to seat, while others find a home and stay in it for the majority of the semester. You can also select certain students to see a smaller group of individuals and their seat choices. All that is said about who created this project is that it was designed and coded by skyrill.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Outwards

LookingOutwards — alex_mallard @ 4:14 am

Interaktives Fotolabor

This is called an interactive fotolabor by Dirk Donut. So I can’t tell much about what this project is about, since the descriptions are all in another language that looks suspiciously like Swedish or something. However, from watching the video, I can tell that the projection interacts with the box and what the box contains. I believe that the projection senses the box that is passed underneath it and depending on how the box is tilted, it projects different things onto the blank surface. Additionally, you can also see how the projection maps the hand as it passes through the light.

 

Alexander McQueen Spring 1999

Over the summer, when I visited New York, I went to the Savage Beauty exhibit showcasing the work of designer Alexander McQueen. One of the pieces that it showed was a dress created at the Spring 1999 couture show. In the video, the model begins wearing a plain white tube dress and standing on a rotating platform with two robotic arms on either side of her. The arms react to her movement and sprayed paint of the dress.

 

Curtain Code

 

On OpenProcessing, I found this really cool code for a curtain program that does a really fantastic job of mimicing real fabric. The code was written by the member BlueThen. You can interact with the curtain by dragging and clicking, tear the curtain by right clicking and dragging, and toggle the gravity of the program by hitting ‘g.’ You can reset the program with ‘r.’

alex’s wallpaper

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Looking Forward – Fake Town Squares

LookingOutwards — alex_mallard @ 3:08 pm

Seeing Stephanie’s post about the AI that predicts peoples reactions in emergency situations, I remembered seeing this post on one of my favorite blogs about an artist who creates fake aerial shots of fake town squares. The artist, Adam Magyar, creates these fascinating images by taking individual photos of people just a few meters above them, about 3 or 4, and stitching the individual photos together to form one large photo consisting of hundreds of people. Sometimes Magyar organizes the people into lines and other times they are completely random. On his website, you can zoom into a specific person to see what is going on with him.

The original post: http://flavorwire.com/206225/trompe-loeil-fake-aerial-photos-of-fake-bustling-squares#more-206225

Magyar’s website: http://www.magyaradam.com/

Looking Forward – US Post Offices

LookingOutwards — alex_mallard @ 12:15 am

Derek Watkins created a fascinating program that enables the audience to view the expanse across North America by mapping the growth of all of the U.S. Post Offices. Through the very simple visualization of new U.S. Post Offices appearing across the states, you can track how different eras affected expansion. For example, as the California gold rush begins, you can see a sudden boom in the number of Post Offices on the way out west. I find this progression fascinating to watch and an interesting way to look at how Americans moved across the U.S.

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