week 10 (ten) homework

wow its weak 10

so much has changed and so much has not and so much will and so much will not

gotta do away with these binaries… i mean even as coders we understand its ridiculous



as of now,

my three idea seeds are,

Train Arrival & Departure of People


know when people entered and left the floor based on their SVA magnetic swipe. arrival and departure of ideas, interbuilding/interdepartment communication. LED board.

i do see the potential of this being more of an anonymous upvoting and downvoting of ideas or feelings that are occurring in the space, much like Antya’s Affirming Artifacts proposal of a television reflection of officespace aggressions + delayed animations triggered anonymously via text

we need to know that we stand in solidarity with each other regarding issues which may be hard to talk about.

i think a character limit would be useful

“wasnt it weird the way that dude was talking during class” (~60 char)

“way dude talks” (~20 char)

Fluid Silhouette Clothing


fluidity in the way one takes up and moves through space in order to challenge the gendered stereotypes associated with one’s silhouette. give users the freedom to explore alternate silhouettes and flows in the same outfit. wearable technology that stiffens with current.

Remote Tourist Telescope


look into an eye piece and see something far away! 3 axis control of a remote & hard to reach vantage point. VR as a conclusion, not inspiration or core feature. escape the world for a while.

making accessible viewpoints associated with luxury and that allow for larger-scale contemplation because of their physical height atop skyscraper.

Validation Machine

recieve intelligently generated affirmations based on personal data in the form of texts, voice messages, or phone calls.

if i come up with anything better I will definitely move forward with it instead but i also believe in the power of pursing that which is mundane or unapproachable with the goal of creating something unexpected… or something unexpected.


This week’s work has been a series of connected things that only show errors (don’t do everything at the last minute).

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It first said that there is a storage problem.

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And then I couldn’t find my USB port. And there was no air gap!



The Wifi code also had a similar problem.

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When I selected 115200 as the baud rate, it said that the selected serial port does not exist.

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Here is the code..

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The board and the circuit works. Just the code doesn’t.

Ben’s Huzzah! and 3 ideas




  1. A temperature sensor in a ski boot. This product would be aimed specifically at people on the spectrum who have a difficult time feeling temperature in their extremities.
  2. The same thing (temperature sensor) but for dogs on their collars. Many owners take their dogs out for long walks and having an integrated sensor for your dog while you’re both out on a long walk would give the owner feedback as to when the dog is feeling cold.
  3. This product is for disaster scenarios, specifically floods. When someone is wading through water higher than their knees, it can be difficult to tell what is in front of you, and what, maybe, might trip you and hurt you. I am thinking about a device that would would strap to your shin and include in it a proximity sensor to detect objects in front of you underneath the surface that you would otherwise trip over.

Ellen does Arduino, Round V

Antya and I partnered for this Huzzah wifi board exploration, which was especially helpful given that we each had hardware/downloading issues, and we needed each others’ resources. The wifi connection on the 7th floor is notoriously slow, which heightened our anticipation and eventual excitement as we tried to establish the wifi connection.




Evie’s Final Brainstorm Ideas + Wifi/Huzzah šŸ™ŒšŸ¼

Final Brainstorm Ideas

Hi all, here you’ll find the initial ideas for my final project. Happy to discuss/modify any of these (especially if they are impossible! with limited time & resources).


1/ Rubik’s Cube Disco Ball

Instead of a typical shiny sphere, this disco ball would be a Rubik’s cube. There would be 2-3 lighting settings (strobe vs. continuous vs. fading). And this cube would be controlled by either a remote or my phone. Continue reading “Evie’s Final Brainstorm Ideas + Wifi/Huzzah šŸ™ŒšŸ¼”

John’s Huzzah Wifi board + final project ideas

This week we added our ESP-12S wifi board to the mix.

Huzzah WiFi board @svapod | @bekathwia

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Final Project Ideas

1. Light up jacket for bikers/pedestriansĀ – Jacket that lights up when zipped up all the way. As well, could include hand signal registering as visible light turn signals.


2.Ā Passive ProtestĀ – Little machine connected to an arduino that spits out a quarter every time @realDonaldTrup tweets. That money falls into a receptacle that is donated monthly to charities like ACLU.


3. Pressure sensor in chair thatĀ alerts when you’reĀ sitting withĀ bad postureĀ – Arduino connected device that messages you when it senses you sitting in your chair but that your posture is off.



Huzzah/Arduino and Project Ideas – Antya

After a little bit of a struggle, Ellen and I were able to get our Arduino connected to the WiFi. We first realized that we had had one too many parentheses within the WiFi name and password and also noticed that our baud number was off. Once we fixed those it worked!



Here are my three ideas for the final project:

  1. Improve the ice cream night light and make it more interactive. When someone puts it in the ice cream holder it turns on and off, or it connects with another light and could be used to help kids remember to brush their teeth. It could send off some sort of alert or light or reminder. I’d also refine the design of it.
  2. Create a pill box that alerts and reminds people to take medications. It could trigger a light or sound after a certain amount of time or it could react a certain way when someone opens and closes it.
  3. An Arduino umbrella or umbrella stand that somehow linked up to the weather to let you know if you need your umbrella.