Making Studio Fall 2019 Syllabus

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Welcome new students! Here is your syllabus for Making Studio 2019. Please download and read it, and let me know if you have any questions.

Making Studio – Syllabus Fall 2019

The printed copy you received on the first day of class has our class meeting time and my contact info.

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Sproutly

Meet Sproutly!

I’ve failed to properly take care of many plants I’ve had throughout the years. Forgetting to water them, leaving them too close to open windows during the winter, and forgetting what type of light settings they thrive in. I created Sproutly as a tool to improve my relationship with my plants and I hope that it’s something that is useful for you, too!

Sproutly consists of two main functions: it has a moisture and light sensor that will track the plant’s physical healthiness and a sound detection microphone that is installed to encourage you to speak with your plants. Speaking to your plants will help them thrive because we should all show them a little more love and care, AND the carbon dioxide emitted from your breath is crucial to their growth and survival.

The idea is that a light is connected to both sound and moisture sensors and the light will act as a visual notification system. Sproutly will remind you to speak with your plants twice a day and will also remind you when your plants need water. Additionally, it is an IoT object, so you will also get text notifications.

Materials Used:

Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with ESP8266

Electret Microphone Amplifier – MAX9814 with Auto Gain Control

Chirp! The Plant Watering Alarm

NeoPixel Stick – 8 x 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers

Lithium Ion Polymer Battery – 3.7v 500mAh

Lots of wires

1/4″ Thick Translucent White Acrylic Sheet

This is a work in progress, and here are my next steps: 

  1. connect moisture sensor to feather huzzah and write code
  2. incorporate text reminders through IFTTT

Flowed Light

Hello Everyone! This is my project Flowed Light.

The Flowed Light is an hourglass light which can go off gradually.

When you turn it upside down, it will light up in rainbow color. And when you turn it back, it will all change to white and go off gradually from the top to the bottom.

It can be used as a Pomodoro light and a night light suited for people who don’t like to sleep in a dark environment.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Flowed-Light/

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Materials:

  • Glass bottle
  • Hourglass (3D printing)
  • Addressable LED strip (RGBW)
  • Tilt switch
  • HUZZAH & Circuits

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Steps:

  • Purchase materials
  • 3D model the hourglass according to the glass bottle’s size
  • 3D print the hourglass (print-bath-clean)
  • Learn and finish the coding
  • put the circuit into the hourglass
  • stick the LED strip onto the surface of the hourglass
  • HUZZAH & Circuits

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Challenges:

  • Small space!!!!!!
  • 3D printing (size & structure)
  • How to make it portable
  • How to hide the circuit
  • How to stick the LED strip onto the surface of the hourglass
  • How to put the hourglass with LED strip into the bottle

I learned a lot from both the formation and coding from this project. I met a lot of difficulties on the challenges above, especially the small spacing of the product makes everything harder. And thank Becky, Oya and Helen for help! 🙂

Piggy Bank: Half Marathon Training Progress Lamp

As a reluctantly avid runner, I like to create incentives for me to stay on top of my running progress. For this project, I’ve created IFTTT applets and a lamp that does the following:

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Here are parts of the process below.  You can view the full instructions on my Instructables page

To start, I created an applet that logs every run in a Google spreadsheet.  In it, I edited the first 13 lines with formulas and benchmark numbersStrava Run Log.png

Once that was set up, I setup an Adafruit feed that collects data from IFTTT applets that are triggered every time I hit a certain benchmark.  Each time I hit a weekly benchmark, data unique to the week gets sent to my Feather Huzzah board and lights up the number of LEDs that corresponds to where I am in the training schedule

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Screen Shot 2018-12-12 at 8.12.49 AM.pngThen, I moved on to laser cutting and assembling the lamp.  I had the most fun while doing this!  IMG_5776.jpgIMG_5768-2.jpg

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Then, came the soldering.  IMG_5772.jpg

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I actually had to re-solder the entire circuit using different LEDs because the sequins I got from Tinkersphere actually were not compatible with my code.  Luckily I had other RGB LEDs readily available and the second time around was much faster than the first! I ended up with a much cleaner circuit as pictured above.  (special shoutout to Oya of the VFL for staying with me until 1AM to help me troubleshoot.  You are an angel)

I’m so thrilled with the final product and will definitely be using this when training for my next race.

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Bloomie

 

Bloomie is a product for people to share their emotions through lights. When you trigger certain interaction, the message will be sent to the other person’s Bloomie. By using Bloomie, you can share your frustration, excitement and console with people who you love. Bloomie has three interaction functions.

  1. When you are frustrated or disappointed, you can shake Bloomie, which will make the flowers blinking in red frantically.
  2. You can make your frustrated friend calm by sending light signal by using the first button. Or you can just use when you are feeling calm.
  3. When you press the second button, the flowers will blink in various colors. Share your excitement and joy by using this button!

To further develop this project, I would love to make the buttons easy to find and press. Also, I would like to design a DIY Bloomie Kit for people to make their own by using different interactions.

Bloomie-Interactions from Shin Young Park on Vimeo.

Bloomie from Shin Young Park on Vimeo.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Bloomie/

Outlet Master

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Felix and I built the brain of an aquaponics system. It is an outlet box with four outlets each of which is controlled by google calendar. It turns out that this Google calendar controlled outlet box has plenty of other applications beyond aquaponics.

Check out our video:

Check out our Instructable:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Outlet-Box-Control-Center-With-Google-Cale

Below is the foregone aquaponics system:aquaponic shelf.jpg