Cosmic Window & Tutorial WIP – Corey

Tutorial Flow

  1. Arduino
    • Modifying code
    • Setting Colors
    • Setting parameters
    • Sound sensor
    • Upload music
  2. LED Strip
    • Test code
    • 3D print fiber optic clips
    • Assemble fiber optic strip component
  3. Structure
    • Assemble frame
    • Paint frame
    • Apply mirror film
    • Assemble mirror array
    • Insert fiber optics
    • Insert speakers
  4. Finish
    • Complete assembly
    • Plug in


LED Strip – Random Twinkle

Corey Final Project & IoT Progress

IoT Progress

Infinity Experience – Concept Evolution

Infinity Window – Reference Images

So after some ideation, I’m moving away from a bowl structure that you put your head in, to a “window” into the cosmos that is mounted to the wall. This increases the accessibility of the installation so people of different heights will have different views of the star field.

I’m considering including sonified data from NASA to bring this piece to life. It would be really cool if the star field reacted the sounds, lighting up and dimming.

Cyclops’ Visor


I’m going to be Cyclops from X-Men (specifically from the 90s animated series). I’ll be wearing street clothes with a navy turtle neck under and his signature beam focusing bright yellow visor. The visor will fade on to a bright red, imitating his laser vision. 

Arduino Techniques

I will be using an on/off button to activate the lighting effect. When the on/off button is pressed and held, the light will fade in and continue to increase in brightness till it reaches maximum brightness. If the button is released at any point the light will quickly fade out. 

If time permits, I’m hoping to add a power up sound effect to coincide with the lighting. 


  • 1 Red or RGBW LED strip (12v required)
  • 1 Arduino board
  • 1 on/off button
  • 3 TIP120 Transistors
  • Power Supply 12V, 2A Adapter
  • Connection wires (enough to run + and – from my pocket down my arm and to my hand)
  • Yellow filament

Circuit Diagram

Terrance the Tardigrade – Corey

Terrance the tardigrade isn’t your average tardigrade – he’s radioactive! While under observation aboard the International Space Station, Terrance was hit by extraordinary levels of gamma radiation emitted from an ancient star going supernova. The researchers quickly realized something wasn’t normal. Over the next several days, terrance grew 200 times his natural size and began to glow with a brillant white light.

Terrance is intended to inspire and spark joy with anybody who has a deep love of science and science fiction alike. He can be a bedtime buddy or a lab companion!

I had a lot of fun with this project! This was my first time working with LEDs and I learned a little about resistors and ohms. I ended up hand sewing the entire toy and took a sock monkey approach like Becky had reccomended. I think if I were to do it again, I’d try to figure out a better way to make folds. It turned out cute and plump but not exactly how I had intended.

Corey – Terrance the Radioactive Tardigrade


Tardigrades are microscopic animals capable of surviving extreme cold, extreme heat, and even the vacuum of outerspace. They have 8 legs, 2 eyes and a mouth, and live in wet environments.

Terrance is a special tardigrade who’s about 200 times larger than any tardigrade that’s ever existed. He was accidentally exposed to extreme levels of radiation that would have killed any other living thing and instead of a tragic death, he became supersized (and emits a subtle light)!