I wanted to make this project because I love to bake and my favorite thing to make are chocolate chip cookies. I have made them so many times, that I can do it without thinking and since quarantine started, I have been baking so much more often. I thought that it would be a fun project to be able to combine what I love but also track that bad habit. I have the biggest sweet tooth, that I literally ate an entire package of Oreos in the 2 days that I had before shooting the video.
As for the form, it is totally dependant on the cookie jar that you use. I thought about getting one from a thrift store, but ultimately decided against it because I wanted a clean look. I chose this metal cookie jar because it has a recessed lid in which I was able to hid the electronics. It was the biggest one that I could find at a reasonable price, and it was still a tight fit. I was also interested in having a tracker on the jar itself, but I went with an email alert because I liked that way of collecting data more.
So for future improvements, I would love to solder the parts together instead of using a solderless breadboard. Also, it was the first time that I shot video, but in the future I would like to add a narrative and maybe some branding to the product.
I think I will set my camera up on a tripod and not break from that shot for the majority of the video. I want to do a time-lapse of sorts at different times of day with multiple outfits on. I might have it as a hidden camera on a go pro or just place a time stamp on it. I plan on having the kitchen to look like it would throughout the week, messy, clean and everything in between, so you can see someone eating cookies at all hours of the day. And then at the end, I want to show the display either on the cookie jar or on the app.
The form of this device is very simple and is predetermined largely from the cookie jar itself. I picked one with a large enough lid to hid the component parts.I really want to hid the technology as much as I possible can with this project. I want it look like this isnt tracking anything, so you can catch cookie thieves!
I started the exercises and ran into the same problem that Margarita did with my breadboard not having enough holes for the wire and the resister. I tried a few different solutions but they only kept my LED on permanently. After checking the miro board I decided to put this one on hold, but I think that I am very close with that. I got the Adafruit IO to work but I am still confused with the NodeMCU conversion.
As for my final project, I would like my cookie jar to send me a text every time the jar is opened. I would like to hide the board in the top of the lid with a motion sensor attached. I want to source a cookie jar from ebay or goodwill, in order to get a unique one without a cylindrical form. I also tried to make a circuit diagram on Fritzing and it didn’t let me get to the circuit page, and I dont think the Tinkercad has a wifi board. Im also thinking of putting a LED tracker on the side of the jar. Ideally I would like the inside of the jar to dispense only one cookie at a time. Not really sure how to do this at home with limited tools, but I thought that would prevent from tricking the counter by getting many cookies at once. In any case I think that I will need the following:
My first idea is a cookie jar tracker. It would have a sensor inside that every time it opens it counts how many times it is opened. Pretty straightforward, I want to complicate it but not sure how.
The second idea is a vanity check. Being locked up in quarantine for almost a year, it’s natural to be overly critical of your body. This tracker would count how many times you appear and stay in front of the mirror for more than 3 seconds.
And my last idea incorporates my background photography. I know a lot of my friends have started Covid projects where they photograph people from 6 feet away. Initially, I wanted this to be linked to a crappy digital camera and rest on my window sill facing the street. And whenever anyone would come within a certain distance, the camera would automatically take a picture. Then I was thinking about how we really don’t keep 6 feet of distance anymore, despite the pandemic being worse than it ever has been in the US. So I was going to link up a GoPro and a big LED sign to one’s chest telling people to back off. Additionally, whenever anyone is closer than six feet, it would take a picture of them.
I wanted to make this costume, because I thought that this was a very funny moment in the VP Debate. I am very interested in politics and watch all of the debates. This country is at a pivotal moment and there is so much scary news centered around the election today. So I just wanted to make fun of Pence and this horrible administration with this idea. This costume is really just supposed to be funny and not very serious.
I put two neopixel rings in the center of bug eye glasses that I found online. The wires run along the left side of the glasses frame and down to the Arduino board. While finishing up the soldering, some of the tinning wire dripped down and hit one of the lights and burnt it out. The code was written so that the whole ring would light up, but I didn’t have the time to reorder and resolder.
If I were to do this project over again, I think I would be more ambitious and include more lights. I bought the glasses in a six pack since it was cheaper than getting just one. I think it would have been cool to have a 12 eyed mutated bug with 12 neopixel rings. I thought about doing that but the price of the rings deterred me. But overall this was a fun project for me. Halloween has never been a favorite holiday for me, so it was really nice for me to learn a new skill while making something that I found funny.
So I finally got the glasses that I ordered, as well as some new tools and tinning wire, so I am ready to start soldering everything in the next day or two. I am not set on using the tilt ball switch. I don’t have a vibration sensor in my kit as I thought, but I have a few random ones that could work. But whatever sensor I have, I am going to use a push button to supplement it.
I am still working on finetuning my code. But I am really excited about the sparkling function that I have worked on thus far. I am also excited to mix and blend colors a bit.
My project is definitely supposed to be funny and silly…and with the election so close and so scary, I thought it would be nice to poke fun at the VP.
For my Halloween costume idea, I would like to do be a radioactive fly on Mike Pence’s head. I am going to use two neopixel rings centered on the back of bug eyeglasses. I intend to use a tilt ball switch, so when I tilt my head up and down the lights sparkle on and off. I plan on having the wires run along the inside of the glasses and down the back of the neck.
I ordered my glasses, but they have already been delayed in shipping, so I may buy goggles instead. I am going to need 2 neopixel rings, 2 resistors, wire, 1 tilt ball switch, hot glue, and black tape.
I am open to reconsidering the interaction and the switch decision. I am also open to exploring the idea of antennas. I am not exactly sure that is what I want, but it might need it to look more believable.
For my Halloween idea, I want to make the fly that was on Mike Pence’s head during the VP debate last week. I think its so funny how much this fly was trending online, and I thought it could be a fun idea to explore. I have already found fly glasses online, and I plan on putting different colored lights that will sparkle on and off.
I had a bit of trouble soldering this week, but was able to get it together with Becky’s help. The tinkercad circut doesn’t line up completely to my video, so something is missing in the code I think. So I would love to hear from my classmates on what worked for them this week.
My target user is a child between the ages of 5 and 15. The idea for my plush night light is to make interactive toys that resemble common fruits and vegetables but with totally wacky and unique colors. For this example, I made an avocado that is teal with a pit also in teal. Further designs will have multiple lights that twinkle and flash on and off in a way that mimics starlight. I wanted to make a night light that aided children in falling asleep but didn’t explicitly tie back to a more traditional form of clouds, stars, and the moon.
For this prototype, I used two similar colors of light fleece fabric, teal thread, foam beads, a ping pong ball, as well as two green LED lights, wires, 220 ohm resistors, heat wrap tubing, three AAA batteries, a battery pack.
In my initial prototype, I made the drawing for my avocado to be way too small. And I made the mistake of making it the exact size that I wanted the toy. After sewing, the top was way too pointy and it just looked off. So for this, I went and got a yard of fabric and made the toy much larger. This was a really fun assignment and it definitely made me think of toy construction in a different way.
If I had more time to work on this project, I would improve the sewing. Closing the toy proved difficult for me and it’s sloppier than I would have liked. Also, I would push the toy to be more dynamic of a shape.
My target user is a child between the ages of 5 and 15. The idea for my plush night light is to make interactive toys that resemble common fruits and vegetables but with totally wacky and unique colors. For this example, I made an avocado that is teal with a light sky blue pit. Further designs will have multiple lights that twinkle and flash on and off in a way that mimics starlight. I wanted to make a night light that aided children in falling asleep but didn’t explicitly tie back to a more traditional form of clouds, stars, and the moon.
For this prototype, I used two colors of light fleece fabric, teal thread, foam beads, a ping pong ball, as well as two green LED lights, wires, 220 ohm resistors, heat wrap tubing, three AAA batteries, a battery pack.