Archive for the ‘Ar(t)duino’ Category

Edible arduino at NYC

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The makers at Rockwell group, based in NYC, threw a little studio party this week.

For the occasion, an edible Arduino Uno was served. The Lab members’ Analog taste buds values were HIGH. The lab member who ate pin 13 was blinking in a loop, while the member who ate the reset button required some troubleshooting. In the end, all were left with a taste for creating more interactive objects and environments with the Arduino prototyping platform.

Awesome spirit people! :)

I am Printer

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Some arty news from K3, Malmo University, Sweden. Three of the students at the Master course in Interaction Design (Scott, Baris and Marcus), in collaboration with the Swedish poet Pär Thörn, created the interactive art installation “I am the poet”. A machine and event dedicated to gather twitter messages including the words “I am” and print them in an endless paper role. They used Arduino to hack an office printer and produce the stream of thoughts in real time.


I AM PRINTER, (c) 2011 by Scott Meadows, Baris Serim and Marcus Ghaly

This project was better explained by the authors themselves:

“I am” printer is a label printer that has been hacked to print a continuous stream of poem by editing the latest twitter feeds that include the phrase “I am” [...] Continuous and automatic printing of the verses, much like a ticker tape, emphasizes the mechanical editing of the poem. Text of the poem is constantly regenerated using algorithms that control the printer.

The work has been displayed in Galleri 21, Malmö together with a projection from Marcus and the web application I am developed by Scott. During the exhibition some 80 verses have been generated, printed and later handed out to visitors. Together with other works, the poem is a piece of cultural magazine Pequod’s 2011 April issue.

Besides the student work, Magnus Sjöholm ha written an article about the process that originated this project. He interviewed Erling Björgvinsson, a post-doc at the Medea Research Studio, and professor at the mentioned Masters’ program.

Pär Thörn came up with some ideas and the students began to develop them. They explored digital flows and wrote software and code that made queries for sentences starting with “I am”. Google, the first choice, turned out to be too limiting. Twitter worked better, but if you create poetry with the same speed as the world tweets “I am …”, it would become completely unreadable. A certain percentage of tweets had to be skipped to slow the pace. In addition, we excluded all retweets, all links, and names.

If you want to know more about this project, you should check the following references:

DIY silhouette sketcher

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Spanish artist and Fine Arts professor Rubén Tortosa partnered with Computer Science professor Miguel Sánchez, both from Universitat Politècnica de València, to create an interactive arts installation that captures visitors’ silhouettes using a Kinect depth-camera and print them on the wall using an Arduino and a couple of stepper motors. Image processing uses OpenCV library and Daniel Shiffman’s Kinect library for Processing. Arduino code is tasked to act as an interface between the PC and a couple of microstepping motor drivers.

Check the other videos in Miguel’s profile to fully understand how this works. He promised to make better documentation as soon as he has the time, but he couldn’t help sending his proof of concept to our blog as soon as it was done.

Thanks Miguel for the videos, this is beautiful!

Directional shoes for the blind

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Le-chal from Anirudh's presentation

Sometimes, it is amazing to see how technology is used to make the world a better place to live for the less fortunate. One such problem has been thought out and tackled by Anirudh Sharma aka touchaddict on IRC. His invention is called ‘Le-chal’ which translates to ‘Take me there’ in Hindi.

Sharma conceptualized and demonstrated the system at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab Design and Innovation Workshop 2011.

The Le Chal system comprises of a pair of shoes, one of which is fitted with Vibrators, proximity sensors and a Bluetooth pad which is connected to an Android phone that calculates directions and real time location using Google Maps and the phone’s built-in GPS and compass module.

For all the people calling Arduino a ‘toy’ and ‘too simple’ here is a fact: it’s simplicity gave the inventors the power to rapidly prototype, and the invention was ready in 6 days.

As per his presentation, the system costs barely a few hundred rupees to assemble with 8 mini vibrational motors costing Rs 90, a sole of specified dimensions, an Arduino Lilypad GSM+GPS shield custom made for Rs 400 or a wired version costing Rs 150 for all the components.

The shoes have also been tested at a blind school in Bangalore, India, and have received positive reviews.

Source: Medianama and Pixelonomics

Showing electronics in public? Be careful!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Stahl adjusting the body suit

Stahl Stenslie, Norwegian artist, PhD, and professor at the Oslo School of Architecture, has been working with the guys at 1scale1 in making a wearable device for about a year. Prototype’s last version uses an Arduino ADK together with an Android phone. It is a location based sculpture + soundscape. When reaching a certain place, the sound starts playing binarual sounds and an array of motors embedded in the garment, a coat in this case, will give you physical feedback.

The project can be named Sense Memory [...] the binaural sounds and haptic patterns were made as a response of the 22/7 terror.

However, while trying out the coat at Oslo’s main square, they got approached by the police:

[They] held us in custody on the spot for half an hour, positioning themselves around and behind us as if we were expected to do something violent towards them. It was all a pretty violent experience for us. [...] Interesting they would accuse us for being terrorists and potential suicide bombers. Our prime minister called for a more open society, a society with more democracy and creativity. But the police seem determined to go ahead with their own agenda.

Police stopping Stahl and his partner

Stahl was trying out his piece together with the director of the center curating and commissioning the piece. In the pictures you can see Stahl (2m tall) adjusting the coat on his partner, how the second goes for a walk and the instant when the police comes in and stops them of testing the prototype.

I have not been contacted by the police for an interrogation yet. But they said we had been reported – which again means they somehow want to punish us.

The main newspaper in Norway had announced the event in an article,  the day before. However, that wasn’t enough to convince the police about their non-violent intentions.

Our show was therefore announced publically as well. Not that it matters for the police, but, hey, ask before you shoot…

Stahl closed the call with a statement about the current state of arts and the fear generated by terrorism and violence in any form all around the world:

Concerning the use of new, experimental media: if you want to use your handheld device, use a different design of your clothing like our haptic bodysuit or otherwise behave differently than ‘normal’ people, well, you’re most likely a terrorist. That’s the impression you get.

I seriously hope court will dismiss any charges on Stahl and his partner regarding this matter. 1scale1 worked really hard in trying to put together a meaningful and enjoyable experience for the audience. It is really sad it turns out this way.

Check all the pictures we got from this case clicking here.

A CNC Anti Gravity transparent Orb Machine

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Or the Bubble-machine :P

Is an amazing and a cute entertainer for people and pets of all ages. This easy instructable is named ‘Bubblesteen’ can make an apt decoration for any party or just an evening with family.



Arduino In Comics

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Artist and educator Jody Culkin has written and illustrated a great new introduction to Arduino comic. It covers the basic concepts to get you started in clear graphic form, a nice intro for students who like their learning in visual form. Thanks to Jody for the link.

Serenading with Arduino

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

This is for the uber-cool geeks who want to specially set up a pre-dinner concert for their loved ones.

Using an SRF05 and an Arduino Uno get that beautiful musical effect with the perfect smile!

Also get the code from Github, plug it in, load the sketch and play!

via [Michele] and [Larry]

When music meets Arduino

Monday, August 29th, 2011

A beautiful project by [Leigh Davis]. It is a brilliant proof of how Arduino fits into virtually any sphere of thought and is the shortest path for a creator realizing his idea in reality.

He writes:

I began the first few days by developing a stand alone application build in MaxMSP that understands the notes that a play on my (recently purchased second-hand) flute. I set the range from low C right up to the 3rd octave D. Each note of the chromatic scale triggers a bang, which is coloured uniquely to the other notes bang messages.

The bang message then sets the corresponding color to the display screen on the application. Which will in turn send a signal to the arduino to dispense the corresponding oil color on water according to the different notes. (Something like a physical Milkdrop!)He further plans to control different LEDs, motors and the likes using the Rayne application.

Arduino-Controlled Robot Brings Pointillism Back!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

[Paul Ferragout] realized a strange printer, with an incorporated program to print any image using a time-based algorithm. According to the grey value of a pixel on an image, the felt pen remains in contact with the blotting paper for relative periods of time.

The Arduino-controlled Time Print Machine uses an algorithm to “paint” images — portraits, still lives, you name it — out of nothing but splotches of ink. Equipped with a felt pen and blotting paper, it works like a CNC-milling machine. Program the machine to render a digital image, and the pen starts stabbing at the paper, varying the amount of time it spends on each dot according to the gray value of the respective pixel; the more time allotted, the more the ink bleeds, and the thicker the dot.

The resulting images can take up to 34 hours to print and look like bad photocopies, each totally unique. We’re not sure whether to think of the Time Print Machine as the world’s least-efficient printer or the world’s most-efficient Pointillist painter. The one thing we know is this: The machine is weirdly hypnotic. We could watch that thing drop ink all afternoon

via [FastCoDesign] source [Paul Ferrabout]