Queue Meeting Facilitator

Since starting this program, it has been made abundantly obvious that if you are extroverted in public situations such as the almost daily “share-out” sessions we have, you are going to get more feedback and your ideas will be remembered more vividly. In order to solve this problem, I created Queue, the physical/digital meeting facilitator that takes the form of the cursive capital letter “Q”.

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SeQuence- Final Project

For my final project, I will be creating an object for the facilitation specific meetings using simple turn based functionality, utilizing leds to show who turn it will be next. This produce, which I am calling SeQuence, will be a table top device in the form of the capital letter Q, 3d printed from acrylic. My idea came when Becky told me about her experience as a child with the monopoly “Playmaster”.

For my video, I am thinking that we will start out with a tracking shot of a group of people talking amongst themselves walking down a hallway, from camera left to camera right. Then we will cut to the last person going into the destination, so labeled conference room, and i will place a sign on the glass that says “important creative meeting”. We will then cut to a still close up of a pile of multi colored, round tokens that everyone will be taking one from. We will then cut to us all sitting around the table and me bringing out the SeQuence and placing it in the middle of the table. The room will then get quiet and I will press the button to turn it on and it will prompt the first person to start. We will then go through a sewuence where it will be nearing the end of the persons time and the light on the object will start blinking. At that point the person speaking will start to wrap up, right as the object picks another color for the next person to start.

Link to work in progress instructables:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sINSDhlaXdxpMrxxuEwLv3sGQC08lL1UouW-gY09MNg/edit?usp=sharing

Link to Instructables Profile:

https://www.instructables.com/member/pbaca-chandler/

Lightbulb Kirby

“this would be cool”

In its finality, here is the entire process of creating the costume in which I am so gleefully standing in the photo above.

Initial Idea

inspiration art

So Kirby is a video game character created by Masahiro Sakurai under HAL laboratories, for nintendo in 1992. The most recent release of the game is Kirby and The Forgotten World. In the game, Kirby is the hero and must save the world by solving puzzles and crushing his enemies. One trait it has had since the very beginning is that of being able to suck up objects into its mouth and gain the properties of the object. In this game, Kirby has the opportunity to suck up a lightbulb which if he does so, turns him into a lightbulb and allows him the power of light.

2D thinking

Physical Making

From the initial sketches, materials were ordered off of the following list:

  • Materials:
  • round reed (rattan)
  • artificial cat gut (for binding reeds)
  • Black garbage bags
  • poly-batting
  • poly-fill
  • light pink cotton sateen fabric
  • RGB led strip
  • lithium ion battery
  • black wool fabric
  • white felt
  • white linen
  • pink silk thread
  • yellow hard hat
  • 3/4 plywood
  • nuts and bolts

then, I got to work…..

WORK

when in doubt, pivot to garbage bags

Time for an Arduino break

circuit diagram with lemon for extra flair

Final results

Take aways

I would say that this project reminded me that my eyes are almost always bigger than my stomach, meaning that if I think something would look hella cool upon perfect execution, I don’t think twice. While this project was not a total loss, i can see many places where given a stronger work ethic, knowledge of costume making and more time (oh where did it all go), it could be elevated to the next level. But since time is always at a premium (especially in this program) I am happy to say it turned out all right. I find soldering incredibly relaxing and arduino mildly frustrating, and there were some very cool work flow processes that I have heretofore never done. But if I could tell my past self about this project, I would say buy pre-made rings for the body, pattern with muslin, buy a bigger battery, and don’t touch the hot glue, because it is hot. Also, I would try and integrate the LED’s into the mouth and try and route the rattan rings so that they are not visible. Also visibility was not great.

Patrick Kirby Costume Idea

original character art for reference

Description:

My costume represents the Nintendo created character Kirby, in the new Kirby game “Kirby and The Forgotten Land”. In this game Kirby faced with many puzzles, some of which require them to inhale an object, gaining its properties. This current representation is Kirby as he is when he has inhaled a lightbulb. In this costume, I would represent the filament in the light bulb. This will be created by a crown of LED’s I will wear, while being harnessed into this costume.

Arduino Techniques:

I want to try and utilize a “flickering” effect or sequential lighting effect.

Materials:

  • round reed (rattan)
  • artificial cat gut (for binding reeds)
  • White muslin or cheep fabric
  • poly-batting
  • poly-fill
  • light pink cotton fabric
  • darker pink cotton fabric
  • led strip
  • lithium ion battery or battery pack with sufficient w
  • black fabric
  • white muslin for mouth
  • harness?

Prescription for Life Plushie

This plushie is designed for those who are struggling with mental illness to find comfort, as well as for loved ones of someone suffering from mental illness in order to gain some perspective on something that you may not know anything about or have experienced yourself. It is a dual educational and therapeutic tool, intended to “shed light” on the misconceptions of prescription medication, by getting to the core of their purpose.

For this project I used the following materials:

-Orange Linen

-White cotton

-White Linen

-Silk thread (in both white and orange)

-Acrylic fiberfill

-AAA battery pack

-Acrylic

-Stranded core wire

-Heat shrink

-Resisters

-LED’s

-Soldering iron

-Clothes iron

-Sewing needle

-Velcro

-Chip board

For this project I soldered, which I had never done before, sewed, which I had done sparingly in the past, and used the laser cutter which I had never done before. All of the new experiences were anxiety provoking to a point and then enjoyable for a while and then annoying. I enjoyed soldering the most however and would love to do more of that in future projects. The most challenging thing in this project was working with fabric, period. It is such a finicky medium and requires a touch that i have heretofore not acquired.

If I were to do this project again, I would one spend more time getting the seams just right on my piece, preventing the mistakes from snowballing down the road, and two add more LED’s (and add ones that aren’t red so I don’t end up with a more sinister message than I was intending).

Patrick Baca-Chandler Plush Nightlight proposal

Preliminary Sketches

Prototype made from acrylic, abs plastic, and spraypaint

Patterns are included below for the plushie

Circuitry Diagram

Story and target user

Materials I intend to use:

  1. White linen
  2. Orange/pink linen
  3. black wool
  4. polyfill
  5. 3 LED’s
  6. 1x Battery pack with 3 AAA batteries
  7. fabric glue?

Logitech M705 Teardown

newer version featured

Most copy from this post is quoted from the Logitech website linked here

The Logitech M705 “Marathon” is a wireless mouse, utilizing a USB “Unifying Receiver” in order to connect to your computer/devices. It includes a dual mode scroll wheel with graduated and free movement. The reason behind the Marathon name is based on this mouse’s 3 year battery life! It is a designed with ergonomics at the forefront, but is intended to work best with right handed users. It has 5 programable buttons, horizontal scrolling with a click of the wheel and precision optical tracking up to 1000dpi.

lets break it down!!!!

This mouse is part of Logitech’s 700 series wireless mice, the most expensive in there lineup and because of this, the build quality was quite good. Lets get into whats inside….

Internals

The main circuitry components that have serial numbers are as follows

  • Logitech E153302 optical mouse sensor
These sensors are made by simple processes of molding polycarbonate and polishing it for the lens. Then before attaching to the circuit board (in this case made from FR-4) an led and a camera are placed between the board and lens, which are then fused via heat. The pins seen on the left side of the board are intentionally not covered in plastic in order to be the output of images to the processor.
  • Side button circuit board 210-001841 Rev002
This is a circuit board with two actuators attached, designed to be used with the side buttons of my wireless mouse. This is all attached to a PCB and those cables would then attach back at the mother board.
  • Logitech 210-001818_003 Motherboard
This is the full view of the mother board or the brains of the mouse. This has a base of a PCB (standing for Printed Circuit Board) which are manufactured, whether by machine or by hand, by layering copper wire between a thin layer of polycarbonate, followed by more copper and more polycarbonate to complete the path of the circuit. It is then CNC’d into the final form. For what is applied on the surface, these are added next.
  • Optical encoder assembly

The two images above highlight how this mouse is able to interact with the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel assembly on the right sits at the front of the void in the motherboard, resting on each of those forms highlighted in the left image. In order to scroll, a light is produced through the clear lens, focused towards the unit on the right, which is able to detect it. Now, based on the slits that are seen in the scroll wheels inner circumference, when the light is unable to pass through the wheel, computer will know whether one is scrolling up or down. Both of these units are molded from some sort of PVC or ABS and adhered to the motherboard using heat or adhesive.

  • Construction of mouse body and other molded parts

Most all if not all of these pieces are made from ABS plastic and were injection molded. They would then go through a process of removing excess material, some more than others.

List of tools used in disassembly

  • #1 Phillips head screwdriver
  • X-Acto blade

My thoughts on the design

My thoughts on mouse design in general are that there are many many many bad mice designs that are still able to eeek by in every day use. However there are only a few that get it right, and you can feel it immediately. Logitech has always done this for me. In my opinion, the best part about the design here (and the design of all logitech mice) is the curve of the thumb area. I feel it is more effective than others because it allows one to feel like they are a part of the product and are integral to its functioning. Another thing that I very much enjoyed with this mouse is the design of the dual mode scroll wheel. It is so incredibly satisfying to the touch due to it being made out of metal, that it is a joy to press the button and freely fling the scroll wheel forward even when the computer is off.