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CMU Electronic Media Studio II, Fall 2011, Section D » Uncategorized

More Looking Outwards

Looking Outwards,Uncategorized — DANIELLE.KOGAN @ 5:07 am


Not too complicated, but that’s part of what I like. It gives an example of a simple interactive toy that I could probably build. It feels very accessible, and looks to provide a good deal of fun. I also appreciate the fact that it was done both in a seminar, and by a small group of people rather than an individual. I really enjoy working in groups, so I like seeing things produced by teams of people (in this case, people who were probably strangers before the workshop). Very simple, but still a cool toy!



Playing with your cat and a laser pointer has never been so needlessly complicated! But who cares? Look at the little fur friend! In any case, this project attaches the laser point to a rotating device, and uses a controller to move the laser pointer around using an arduino circuit. More complicated than it has to be to play with your cat? Probably. Simple and cool looking. Definitely. Again, I like this project due to its accessibility, and interactivity. These posts are showing that I have a fondness for duino toys.




Hahahaha, I’m terrible.

I really like arduino, but the coding aspects leave me baffled and perplexed! Just as I’m starting to get into it now, I’m running into many road blocks because:

a) I should have done this earlier


b) ACK! Code! -Cathy

This visual based arduino code for kids looks like a fun and easy simplification of the code, but still seems to offer a lot of layers for use (it also shows the real code to the side of the visual block style coding, so you can see what you’re putting together!).

This looks like a great idea, especially for people interested in building basic robots, but don’t know much about code! Yeah! It’s fwiend.

Assignment 9 (full) due 11/30

Uncategorized — EricSinger @ 11:59 pm

Today’s class code is here.

Due the Wednesday after Thanksgiving:
– Everything it says in 9a and 9b. Be able to demo it with a stand-alone (battery powered) Arduino.
– Add a small Processing program (which can be based on the code above). Have it add at least one element of functionality to the above. For example, you could use the mouse x/y to change two timing elements of your motors. Or you could use the slider code to send RGB values to an LED mounted on your project. Try to integrate this with your project – i.e. don’t just stick an unrelated LED on your project to demo the Processing part. Make it art!

Also, keep doing Looking Outward weekly (except you can skip this week for Thanksgiving).

Crimson Bead Sequencer Update 3

Henry's Project,Uncategorized — HENRY.ARMERO @ 3:39 pm

Hello everyone. This is a SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM ME, Henry. Or something something. Anyway let’s do this.

Last time I posted stuff I just had my sliders put together, which was quaint. But now I have done something EVEN MORE FABULOUS. I have madeeeeee A BOX. Out of cardboard! I love ittt

Ope. Who dat.

It’s Jolyn! Hi Jolyn. You look like you really want to be in this photo. C:

Anyway so yup I’ve got the sliders goin on and the but-tins all pachunked in. A-hawww it’s so cute. <3

And wait let me show you the insides! I soldered ALL THE STUFF.

OMG wires~~~ so many. What a mess. There are some that even change color along their length because the were too short so I soldered two together. And there is no color coding of anything because I was much too lazy to consider that until too late. Bawawawaww.

Wait but my favorite part is my little ‘integrated circuit’ I made. haha

It’s like a piece of cardboard folded into a box with resistors chunked through it and wired together inside and it is the worst but it works so it is the best.

Anyway so yup, my buttons and my sliders work! So next thing is midi stuff. C: I’ll probably make a little test program first, actually. But yes, yay. Yaaaaay

Dealing with connecting sensors

Uncategorized — EricSinger @ 5:31 pm

So, we have this problem of building a physical installation with sensors that are difficult to wire – i.e. FSR, bend and ribbon. Suggestions:

Use wire wrap aka Kynar aka 30 gauge solid wire and wrap it tightly around the pins.

Get someone who’s a really good solderer to connect leads for you. This requires quickly “tinning” the contacts

Looking Outwards 5 (BBC Radio Labs edition)

Uncategorized — JOLYN.SANDFORD @ 9:20 pm

So apparently BBC’s Radio Labs have these break days where they come up with a silly idea and make something! Most of their ideas are silly little creations that they’ve made to break the monotony of the office and build team cooperation. They’re quite clever (and rather British in their humour)!

Does it rock?

The Rockterscale is a measure of a bunch of different factors that determine whether or not a band is truly rockin’ out to their fullest. Some of the factors include CRUSH (how hard people are pushing up against the crash barrier), FLOOR (which measures how enthusiastically people are dancing or moving), LOUD (how loud your musical group is), HAT (how enthusiastically you are headbanging), and CROWD (how loud the crowd is being). These measurements are being added together and shown with a little dial (which does, in fact, go up to 11). If all of the factors are high enough, the little LED in the sign on the left lights up. All of this is being done through Arduino. I think my favourite part about it is that the HAT used to measure the headthrashing is a tophat with a little 3-axis accelerometer in it.



The modified toy


The DABagotchi is based off of the popular toy Tamagotchi, as you probably figured out already. Working off the basic premise of regular interaction (or else the DABagotchi would die), radiolabs employees cobbled together existing electronics, a plush toy, and Arduino to make the DABagotchi. Through a sensor in its hand, you can rate music that is playing on the radio, and that rating is sent online, where it compares your rating with the ratings of others. There’s a little screen that displays its face, which goes through emotions depending on how often you interact with it and how your rating is. It also has a little glowing heart that indicates how “healthy” it is. A cute little device.




This thing works off the text messages that Radio 1 receives and affects the mood of the little dog. When the texts are happy, the dog raises its head and sits up; when it’s sad, the dog puts its head back down. When you touch its paw, it reads out the most recent SMS that matches its mood. The dog’s programming actually goes through Ruby, Arduino, and Processing to produce its output, matching the connotations of words to a dictionary of words that then regularly updates a mood score between one (sad) and nine (happy).

the talking baby video as mentioned in class

Uncategorized — JILLIAN.GOODWYN @ 3:17 pm

This is like Arduino and Processing talking to each other.

Assignment 8

Uncategorized — JOLYN.SANDFORD @ 1:57 am
Watch ems video from tarteauxfraises at livestream.com

Tadaaaaa here is my video I guess.

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