Cheer an ITPer, initial concept

For my final Physical Computing project, I decided to make a lofi-morale raising device for all the overworked cool people here in ITP, utilizing the lofi magic that is a thermal printer. Users can interact with it in two ways: physically to print an anecdote, a quote, or a…

Arduino Diaries IV: Sensor-controlled Dot

Building up on the serial communications capability of the Arduino board, I used an accelerometer to control a dot in a Processing sketch. The x-value and the y-value captured from the accelerometer were mapped to the equivalent values of the screen.

Arduino Diaries III: Sensing Visualized

Serial sensor data can be sent through an Arduino board to a computer, where it can be further processed by Arduino’s own Wiring programming environment, or alternative software environments such as Processing. Below are the results of such process for two different sensors. In both cases, the binary data…

Observation Study: Office Chair

What is it? The standard, stock office chair with a cushion-endowed sitting surface, wheels at the bottom (usually), a low-height backrest, and conveniently-placed hand-rests. Prior assumptions It is hardly interacted with. The user can interact with it through a single operation only: sitting. What is the context in which…

How to make human-friendly everyday things, a very short introduction

Say you were asked to make or remake a piece of furniture, cutlery,  an appliance, or an electronic apparatus. You are perhaps a visual designer: you start aesthetically, exploring the palettes, textures, and patterns that interact with the visual systems…

Arduino diaries II

The Arduino microcontroller receives a digital input from a switch, and accordingly outputs a digital signal that lights up an LED depending on the state of the switch. 

Music that listens: What is interactivity?

Click here to view the above image in proper scale.  1. Defining Interactivity Chris Crawford argues that many of the mediums that traditionally can be thought of as interactive are in fact not; the opposing actors within them, though they might listen and speak, do not possess the capability…