Last week I visited the Museum of Natural History in New York City and was amazed with all the data visualizations they put together for their displays. Ever since my visit to the museum, I have become addicted to designing my own data visualizations for different types of data sets. Click here to view some of the visualizations I photographed during my journey through the Museum of Natural History.
Puck Music is a soundscape composed using hockey pucks and hockey sticks. Each hockey stick acts as a different musical instrument when they move the hockey pucks on the floor. I am presently working on this piece for my Dataflow Programming class at ITP.
The following are some images of the puck’s construction and the Pure Data syntax that I am using to program them:
The VDIP1 USB host controller is a worthwhile extension module for anyone working with the Arduino microcontroller. The ability to integrate USB inputs/outputs with your Arduino microcontroller means that you can interface it with practically any USB device, creating even more exciting possibilities with Arduino. Another valuable integration feature that the module can provide is the ability to increase Arduino’s memory capacity using any USB memory drive.
A timepiece that indicates the passage of time in a cup.
The box, fashioned from wood salvaged from the home where I grew up, holds and preserves memories from my youth.
Memory Box reveals the recollections I have from my childhood through an interactive memory box. The memory box gives the user the ability to discover my childhood past through a montage of personal photographs, depicting images of my youth and significant others in my life. By utilizing these historic images as miniature push button switches, distinctive sounds and LED lights promptly respond to the user’s input. These animated responses reflect my own personal impression of the selected images based on my memories of them.
A hockey puck can be an engaging networked object. For the second assignment in my Networked Objects class, students were asked to develop intriguing input devices for a networked pong game using the WIZnet module. I took this opportunity to get my feet wet by beginning to play with some of the materials and technology I will be using for my final project which will be a virtual floor hockey game involving hockey pucks and sticks that communicate over a network (details on this concept will be posted in the coming weeks). The initial idea for the functionality of the pong controller was to insert a wheel potentiometer into the center of the base of the hockey puck to detect whether the object is moving left or right. This did not work out as planned since the puck can only move in a certain angle in order for the movement to be processed serially. As a contingency plan for this week, I inserted two push button switches at the sides of the puck which act as targets for the user and the hockey stick. The result was an engaging aesthetic that I am pleased with. While admittedly this is not an effective interface design for a networked pong game if a hockey stick were to be used, I believe it is a productive start in establishing my goal to convert hockey pucks into networked objects.
For inspiration to help develop an idea for a semester long project, my Mainstreaming Information class was asked to present three examples of “jaw-dropping” statistics that highlight a particularly surprising situation or trend. I think much can be said about the following shocking data that affect our planet both environmentally and socially:
This was a physical computing improvisation assignment I did for my Networked Objects class. The idea was to be able to control a video by stirring a coffee mug. Random, huh? We do very weird things with technology at ITP.
Little Orlando is a toy doll that was inspired from the main character I used in my interactive video project He Don’t Got Game. The 3D character, Orlando Florida, was modeled using Maya and was then printed using a Z Corp rapid prototyping machine. In upcoming projects, I plan to use the 3D character in stop motion animations and as well build him into an electronic voodoo toy.