Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Proposal 101

Proposal 101

1. A narrative is just as important as the technical. 
2. Do your research?
3. If you do an external presentation that you make sure its in the google drive folder and blogger.
4. It needs to be more than 3 bullet points.
5. Blue Sky-Dreaming...White-boarding...seeking out ideas
6. Has someone done this before
7. Wet-ink writing: you set an egg-timer for 5mins and you write ideas as they come if not you write: ---I do not know what to write...
8. Creative-Freeing-Playful-Experience
9. Sexy Cyborg-interactive fashion
10. The proposal will be interactive and shared with peers to engage and critique the idea.
11. The proposal date is: Monday, October 23rd, 2017.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Final Project Lecture

Final Documentation

You need to Blog every week achievements and failures as you create/build your project.

  1. Work, research, you have a library that you can add/list to your Instructables to a timeline…
  2. Record everything, reflect as often as you create a diary of what you're doing as it’s happening…
  3. Your project: Input(s), wearable, Arduino, output(s) ...for artist its physical computing…(it does something in our world, it’s not just data) 
  4. Wearables: body modifications, tools, clothing, shoes, glasses…
  5. Outputs: it has to do something in our world...related to input…
  6. Inputs: you can have multiple: a power switch
  7. There is no shop that has a good pair of components...or parts…
  8.  Mail orders/ catalogs:  


  • are in Miami and we are a one day zone...cheaper/ parts are good but not a wide selection…
  • are more expensive/ moderate on shipping cost (like us based projects)
  • are new and the selection is mind-boggling...they have it, mouser(Plano, Tx) they do so much business if you get your order in by 8pm it ships out the same day.
  • Jameco. Is from San Francisco...
  • Newark is from Chicago…
  • Do your order within 8 weeks...4-5 days for ground shipping…
  • Adafruit: Lomore Freeze, Lady Ada, wrote programs that wrote for looms...Lamore Fried (MIT) she crossed art and science...she drew a schematic and made her own mp3 and published it and posted it...people asked if she could get the parts....30mil a year, businesswoman a year...she believed in open source...tutorials and explanation are offered…
  • Prime is great and if they don’t make a deadline, then they will give you a free month…(explain that you had a deadline and ask for it… they will give it to you)
  • San Jose: Holter HOC, components sold in bulk...

What Makes a Good Instructables Lecture

What Makes a Good Instructable


  1. Images -photos... schematics, drawings, flowcharts, diagrams…
  2. They need to be lit focused with high enough resolution so that they do not look like crap…
  3. Tagging image w/notes
  4. Text/words...Grammar…narrative (your voice, why is interesting to you and why would it be to others…) Well-formed language...does not have to sound academic but be clear…
  5. Length (clear and concise) not boring...If you use lingo or specialized text, make sure that you do not lead people into the abyss...make sure if you use a term that is not common that you explain. 
  6. Materials: references, links datasheet or vendors, costs, links to other projects that inspire you…(call them out)
  7. Describe your photos….use different imaging software to pass the message across...
  8. Using Fritzing to make nice graphics….or Illustrator…
  9. Within Instructables: There is a built-in tagging feature with photos or images...or Host by bringing in YouTube videos...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Good The Bad The Horrendous

The Good, The Bad, The Horrendous

Below are a list and sample images of the open-source Instructables that I found interesting. These Instructables are labeled: Good, Bad, and Horrendous. I will leave a brief synopsis of why they are labeled a particular way. I will employ the appropriate verbiage and terminology to analyze each project presented below.

The Bad:
I decided to start with the bad because I figured this would be the easiest subject to find something wrong with an Instructable project. I found this one:
‘Shiny Tattoo’ looks fun to do and is obviously directed towards a specific gender. My problem with ‘Shiny Tattoo’ is that the author is telling his or her audience that applying glue to your skin is okay. The fact is that glue can and will clog your pores, and can create black and whiteheads that will appear after you’ve had all that fun showing off your cool shiny tattoo. These clogged pores can cost lots money to treat that and if it gets severe you may have to see a specialist. This Instructable sounds fun, but I feel that the repercussions are not worth it.

The Good:

My next choice is actually amazing because this Instructable demonstrates the power of the Arduino microcontroller in action.
The author of this Instructable is recreating Star Wars ‘Death Star’ by incorporating a series of blinking lights that captivate the imagery from the movie. He uses an Arduino Uno, nuts and bolt, wire, capacitor, batteries and strong magnets to create this impossible Instructable. This Instructable has creativity, technology, and aesthetics that captivates its viewer. I believe the author was successful in recreating a conceptional replica of the Death Star. Utilizing the magnets to create movement/weightlessness was a successful choice.
Levatating Sphere.PNG

The Horrendous:

Wow, this last one is pretty-horrendous. I play guitar so I can see how this author was given a hard time to provide additional detail because there is almost no way to successfully do this Instructable. I will explain. A guitar using strings that made taught by three major components. First, the Tuning pegs at the top of the guitar are used to add tension to an individual string and allow the guitar to be tuned to its proper note. There are six strings on a standard guitar. Next, you have the Fretboard which allows the player to depress the strings and therefore changing the note quality or sound of that string. Finally, you have the Bridge which provides a resting place, position and houses the strings within the body of the guitar or within the bridge itself (depends if it’s an acoustic or electric guitar). All these components are placed on a parallel surface that is typically is flat or aligned from the Head, through the Neck, and through the body. Therefore, if you could even figure out how to unwinded the strings and then wind them back into a tunable position this instrument would never stay in tune based on this particular concept that the author presents. He goes on to say that his idea was, in fact, a terrible idea. I agree with him, but is it completely impossible. I believe that you can have a collapsible guitar but there is a definite need for simplicity or introduction of some serious tech such as a built-in Arduino that would regulate the tension and perhaps sets the guitar back to an in-tune position. Hmm, great idea…

Folding Guitar.PNG

Final Project Concept

Final Project Concept

Final Project Concept will be based on my Project Zero concept. I will be using Arduino/Arduino-nano and Bluetooth technologies to create a retail product that not only allows the wearer to share their thoughts but completely engage into their environment. I will introduce UWear to my class and share my process on Instructables as an open-source.

Project 1: Integrate, Interact, Intervene Revised

Project 1: Integrate, Interact, Intervene Revised

My partner Christopher Mills decided to revise the frequency of the LED's behind the Fresnel lens within our group Project 1. The results were pretty amazing. He posted the video on YouTube and will be entering the piece in Art At The Anex PopUp show this coming Gallery Night. Good luck Chris!

Here is the video of the piece entitled: Synaptic Response...

Thank you, Chris, for adding me as a collaborator. It was a pleasure and effortless working with you on this project.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Project 2 Noise Maker

Project 2 Noise Maker
Assembling the Interactive Spider: Final

1. Breadboard
2. Capacitors: 100uf/220uf x2
3. Speaker
4. LED's
5. Resistor
7. 5 jumper cables
8. 9v plug
9. 9v battery

I decided to share my project design with my instructor and I was able to get vital feedback in order to make necessary changes before critique day. I decided to add electrical tape to wrap and hold in place the nuts & bolts at the tip of the spiders legs. I also added a new wire-frame harness to cradle the speaker and fit around the abdomen of the spider. I believe by adding the screws to the bolts that this now enhances the feel of interaction with my spider. I decided that I wanted to go with a Halloween theme and explore the things that we are afraid of. My project has a creepy, yet playful interaction to it while exploring technologies and conceptualizing a new way to 'handle' fear. I am including a stand to showcase my project and give it a sense of movement and life.