Yuancong Jing Final project “Lotus”

In our bustling, noisy environment, everyday life constantly bombards us with a whirlwind of emotions. In the midst of this, there are moments when solitude becomes a necessity; an opportunity to be alone with ourselves, to reflect and find peace in our own company.

In Chinese Culture, people celled this behavior: “bead meditation

“People can use the practice of bead meditation to aid in their meditation. By rhythmically counting or touching each bead, individuals can focus their mind and achieve a state of calmness and mindfulness. This practice not only helps in centering thoughts but also serves as a physical anchor, guiding practitioners through a meditative journey and helping them to maintain a steady pace in their contemplation or prayer.”

“I’ve always felt that meditation could help me calm my mind. Being a night owl, I often find it hard to fall asleep due to my tendency to overthink at night. This behavior leads to various physical discomforts. I am considering whether a device could help me better calm my mind and enhance my spiritual energy.”

Concept Creations

Shapes exploration, i did some craft modeling about the different kind of shapes:

I have been stuck on the physical design of the product for a long time. I have never been able to properly integrate the shape that makes people feel calm.

Then i saw this picture:

I saw lotus flowers growing and blooming in the water and in the mountains. The mist in the mountains is the atmosphere we need to do what we need.

Then i did the final modeling

So, i wanna to name my project as: Lotus

The removable smart bead is the

Magnet switch of the device. Magnets are under the

Part list:

  • Wires
  • Hall effect sensor
  • 5v DC Fan
  • 5v Atomizer
  • Multimeter
  • Soldering Machine


JIN’s-☁️&👕 Ferris


The reason that I came up with this idea is that before I came to the US, I lived in the south side of China which is pretty warm, and my mom or my roommate would always remind me to wear more or fewer clothes and bring an umbrella if there raining outside, so after I came to us, I often forgot to check the weather forecast so that I often find out after I go out that I forgot to bring an umbrella or have worn too few clothes. So I desire to design a device that can remind me of the current weather and suggest what should i wear before I head out.

Instructable Tutoriol



Acrylic board

wood board

glue gun

3D print material

360 degree servo

Adafruit ESP wifi board

Usb cable

Neopixel_led light stript

Acrylic board

wood board

Glue gun

Super glue



Wire cutter

3D print machine

Laser cutter

Making Process

Story Video

What I learned from the Processes

The whole process was a bit rough, from wanting to implement three functions at the beginning, to wanting to use a button to control it, and using two feeds to control the different functions, to finally simplifying it down to two functions, no button, and only one feed, I learned that you can never success at the first time, you always need prototype. Also i built the device in the wrong order, because I was unfamiliar with the coding, so I resisted to test the circuits and the code, and made the model first, but this made me realize that the model didn’t make sense. The modeling was not in the right order because I was not familiar with coding, so I resisted testing the circuits and codes, and made the model first, but then I realized that the modeling made a lot of sense, for example, I wanted to add a clock function to my device, but it turned out that I could only have one function on the same axis at a time. At the same time, the 360 degree servo doesn’t control the angle very well, so it’s not reasonable to design a clock that can turn all angles.

But I also learned a lot in the process, I learned to use a 3D printer, I learned to use a wifi component, and how to tell a story with a video.


Inspired by elaine’s device, I hope to make a device that can help little people wear different clothes, and at the same time use more colorful colors to represent different weather.

JIAQI’S MC game life-bar

1. Learn about my products through the video

MC life-bar video


  • Acrylic sheet (4*4’ is enough)
  • Laser cutting
  • One small button
  • 3D printer
  • 3D printer filament (Black)
  • NeoPixel 8 LED strip*2
  • ESP8266 chip
  • Scissors
  • Wires
  • Color printing
  • A data cable
  • Hot glue





3.Circuit Diagram and Code

4.Making process

Simple script and storyboard:

Erica’s Final Project: Cat-to-Cat

THE PRODUCTS: Cat-to-Cat is a paired set of two cat toys for long distance friends and their felines. Either toy is activated whenever the other cat has started to play! If toy A is rattled with by a cat in Argentina…. toy B’s wand will begin to move by a motor and catch the attention of its owner’s cat in Norway! The action bounces back and forth between cats as they play. You and your long distance BFF will delight as your cats both share in each other’s fun throughout the day.

CONSTRUCTION: To make the toys, I primarily used motors, vibration sensor switches, arduino feather huzzahs, and an io.adafruit feed. For the form, I laser cut wood and laminated the layers together. Learn all the details and access templates and code to make it here! —–> Instructables tutorial

PROCESS: This concept evolved from an early sketch that grew into a storyboard. The segments of the storyboard allowed me to think through the code and its requirements. I drew up a circuit and developed the code using examples. Once this was tested with prototype circuits – I soldered them and completed them with their forms!

Yifan’s final project —GAME BALL


As a devoted enthusiast of pixel games, I’ve long relished the immersive experiences they offer on mobile screens. However, the absence of tangible warmth and physicality prompted a unique idea — to bring the pixelated magic into the real world. Thus, my venture begins: crafting my personalized pixel game, where the once two-dimensional adventures materialize into palpable, real-life experiences. This project seeks to blur the lines between the digital and physical realms, transforming every tap and pixel into a tangible, sensorial delight. Join me on this quest to turn pixelated dreams into a reality, where gaming transcends screens to become an immersive journey in the tangible world.

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  • Arduino
  • Breadboard
  • Ultra Sonic sensor
  • WS2812
  • 2 * Servo motor

Google doc








Nymph’s Final Project-Blooming

Introducing a unique interactive device that blends Arduino microphone sound sensors and touch-sensitive design. It is shaped like a dandelion, users can blow gently, triggering a mesmerizing interplay of sound and visuals on the connected computer’s Touch Designer display. This interactive creation serves as a personalized stress-relief mechanism and a whimsical platform for making wishes, offering individuals a delightful escape and moments of tranquility in their daily lives.

Because this is a final project, I really want to undertake something challenging. Due to my strong interest in dynamic visual effects, I’ve decided to learn TouchDesigner and attempt to integrate it with Arduino to create some interesting interactions.

Materials Used:

  1. Adafruit Metro 328 with Headers – ATmega328
  2.  Sound Microphone Sensor
  3. White LED Diode Light
  4. Cotton – Make dandelions
  5.  Pearl Beads
  6. Wire 2m- dandelion stem
  7. Clear Fillable Ornaments Ball 50mm
  8. Wood Board 11mm thick
  9. Silver Metallic Paper A3
  10.  Clear Colorless Acrylic Round Tube
  11. Laptop

Coding & Testing

Arduino Testing
TouchDesigner Testing
Circuit Testing

Making Progress

Had a lot of fun!!!!

Instructable Tutorial


Storytelling & Video Demo


For the future development of this project, I believe there are several aspects to explore. Firstly, the exploration of more portable sensors and display devices could be considered. Secondly, there is room for optimizing the visual effects in TouchDesigner, combining with more user-centric research, to create transformations that truly help people relax, soothe their moods, and alleviate stress. The ultimate goal is to transform this project into an artistic therapeutic device, which was the initial inspiration I had on this project.

Closing Remarks: This project has been quite challenging for me, but in the process of exploration, I’ve also discovered a lot of new joys. A special thanks to those who have helped me, especially to Becky, Vince, Elaine, and Haley. Every time in this course, I’ve learned new things, used new tools, and expressed a different aspect of myself, which is truly precious to me.

Jinny’s Final Project

Project description:

My topic is digital faith, how is the digital changing the way we believe?Will our faith continue to exist in a more digital age, and will people create new digital gods? Or make a pilgrimage to a digital screen?

I made up a digital Buddha.Insert the electronic incense into the incense burner, and the machine will print the result of your request.


Parts, Tools, Supplies:

Arduino uno/ Print module / Power supply 12v /Photoelectric module/ Soldering iron & solder / Wire strippers/ USB A-B cable/Dupont wire


Circuit Diagram:

Design style:

Production process:

  1. Design the shape of electronic Buddha and Incantation paper,and make each part of the entity
  2. Welding screen and put the electronic Buddha on my screen
  3. Weld each part according to the circuit diagram(connected each component (Photoelectric module and Print module) to the circuit board with wires respectively)
  4. Enter the code
  5. Debug the picture code and debug its rendering effect in the print module
  6. Test the code
  7. Upload the final code
  8. Use wood to make boxes for sticking incense and to make boxes for printing parts
  9. Assemble the circuit into the case of each component

①Fabrication circuit

②Manufacture wooden box

Final product diagram:

Instructable link:


Carol’s Divination Ball

I made a divination ball made for diviners. When the diviner’s hand is close to the crystal ball for a period of time, the heat sensor will light up the built-in LED light when it senses the heat. This device can enhance the sense of atmosphere and mystery of divination.

Materials/ tool list: 


Wire strippers

Flush diagonal cutters

Soldering iron & solder

Small needle-nose pliers

NeoPixel strip

Bread board

Breadboard wires

Arduino Metro

Adafruit MCP9808 Temperature Sensor


Beam Lighting 6-inch White Acrylic Replacement Globe – Cover for Ceiling


Micro USB cable

Lipoly battery & charger


Circuit Diagram:

Coding: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MoPsuxlAprdoucW_QOS-15f-0TRcV3CsLqHGlua8EZM/edit


  1. Prep three of your breadboard wires by cutting off the connectors at one end and stripping the ends to expose the bare strands of wire. Twist the strands of each wire to keep them together, then heat up the wire with your soldering iron and apply a small amount of solder. Then tinned NeoPixel strip and solder it with the wires. 
  2. Wire it up to Metro. Make sure the NeoPixel strip works.
  3. Go to File – Examples – Adafriut NeoPixel – strandtest. We always start from the examples.
  4. Go to https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-mcp9808-precision-i2c-temperature-sensor-guide. Follow the instruction to set up the sensor.
  5. Open up the Arduino library manager and search for the Adafruit MCP9808 library and install it. Open up File->Examples->Adafruit_MCP9808->mcp9808test and upload to your Arduino wired up to the sensor. Now open up the serial terminal window at 9600 speed to see the temperature in real time. You can try touching your finger to the sensor to see the temperature rise.
  6. get rid of the white stuffs to make sure that the sensor can be stick to the ball.

Be sure to test the device before the next step.

7. Make a base for the ball. 

1) Trace the shape of the base at the bottom of the ball and the overall shape you want the base to be on the board.

2) Cut with the wire saw, then sand it smooth.

3) Finish cutting the overall shape of the base with the bandsaw.

4) Take care to calculate the height of the base (you will need to hide the Arduino board etc. inside).

5) Test that the plastic sphere fits just right into the base.

6) Color the base with wood stain and dry for at least an hour.

Storytelling Video

Stop Motion Animation with Needle Felting

Instructables Link: https://www.instructables.com/Make-a-Temperature-sensitive-Divining-Ball/

MedsSync Notifier


If there is someone in your life who needs support taking their medication, chances are you’ve looked into medication management systems like Hero. Not only are they expensive, they look clunky and clinical on your grandmother’s kitchen counter. This customizable MedSync Notifier offers a tech-free way for people with memory loss to send their caregivers a confirmation they’ve taken their am or pm dose. Build trust with your loved one as they maintain their (assisted) independence and give you peace of mind.

This project was inspired by my experience supporting a woman named Mary in taking her medication (to make sure she doesn’t miss a dose) and keeping her family updated. I’m not always around to check during the time frame so I’ll give her a call. But if she doesn’t pick up, I start to worry. I wished there was an easier way for us to communicate pill status and now it’s possible with the MedsSync notifier!

And TaDa! This project was a huge hit with Mary, who loves the mushroom design and finds pushing the light-up button after taking her medication “very exciting!”.


Next steps
Refine the form for a more polished look. I still think the “ceramic” is the right aesthetic for this project and the design blends nicely with Mary’s decor. I’ll probably go ahead and solder the wires so they take up less room in the compartment. I would also like to spend more time on the naming conventions so that the notification reads less like spam.

Zai’s Digital Bulletin Board

Its been 5 months and 5 days since I’ve joined SVA and its a bummer that I still don’t know what most floors above or below me organize on the daily. The poster-bombing usually works as a trigger for to take my phone out to for a picture, But then 5 pictures later, I would never remember it again.

I’ve always been intriged by the concept of ‘waiting and time’ and how its degrees affect thought. For example : ‘I’m waiting for a train’ makes me think about 198838203 different things but as soon as I know my train is a little late, its one single unified thought about ‘why this train is late’.

Basically, ‘the time you spend waiting’ and how does one compute ‘waiting for something’ really thrills me.

Therefore, the digital bulletin board (TODAY) tells you what’s happening today for the 30 seconds you wait in a lift. It’s designed for Informed delight.

Now imagine you get into a lift with a child and he/she presses all the buttons… well … hold onto those intrusive thoughts cause TODAY, TODAY can keep you company.

Materials Used :

  • Monochrome OLED 0.96″ 128×64 OLED Graphic Display with STEMMA QT
  • Rotary switch
  • Adafruit Metroboard or compatible microcontroller
  • Jumper wires
  • Breadboard
  • Power supply (USB cable or batteries)
  • Enclosure : Acryllic sheets, Nuts & Bolts, Repurposed Dial

Instructables Tutorial Linkhttps://www.instructables.com/Digital-Bulletin-Board/


Connect the components on the breadboard as follows:

OLED Display

  • GND goes to ground
  • Vin goes to 5V 
  • Data to I2C SDA (on the Metroboard, this is A4)
  • Clk to I2C SCL (on the Metroboard, this is A5)
  • RST to digital 4
  • Connect the rotary switch to the appropriate pins on the Metroboard/ Arduino Uno. Typically, these are digital input pins.
  • Check the Serial Monitor to identify active switch positions

Error battles and the serial monitor


Forms took shape!


  • Would like to work more on the enclosure a lot more
  • A BIGGER display will be more effective (for sure)
  • I also intend on scaling this display towards other spaces perhaps, public spaces, residential apartments, schools, parks etc. Contextual data displayed for each of these spaces