Nocturnal Emissions

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The Internet is so loaded with non-sequiters that it’s impairing our ability to enjoy the craziness that takes place in our own minds each night as we sleep.  I felt that my own sense of wonder had been seriously impaired and I decided to combat this by making an Internet Enabled Mash Up Dream Generator.

When you approach the box, attracted by the slowly pulsing blue button, the box lights up and begins to play a relaxing Nocturne.  You stare into the infinitely repeating blue LED void and descend into a dream state.  Press the pulsing button and it generates your dream!  The dreams are generated by taking important news headlines and pop cultural icon’s twitter feeds and then mashing them up and filtering them through lines of Beat Poet Allan Ginsberg’s signature work Howl.

Here’s an example.

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This one says . . .

“Happy.  Free.  Confused.  Lonely.  At the same time.  (@TaylorSwift13) An Outsized Rapscalion let loose in postwar England! (@nytimesarts) Incomparable blind streets of shuddering cloud and lightning in the mind leaping toward poles of Canada & Paterson, Illuminating all the motionless world of time between.  (AG, Howl)”

Here’s a link to the instructable

http://www.instructables.com/id/Nocturnal-Emissions-My-Arduino-Powered-Internet-En/

And here’s a link to my movie on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/user13077047/review/81512641/b9d9c900ae

Kinetic Wall Sculpture – Study #1 for Transforming Chandelier

This Kinetic Wall Sculpture is a first study done for a future chandelier project that will involve moving parts controlled by an arduino. The wall mounted chandelier (completed project) will be able to change shapes and the brightness/color of the light depending on how user controls it with a remote. Targeted to customers who like to show off their home and objects in their living space to the guests, the chandelier will amuse and impress the guests while entertaining them as well. Although it will be a pricey piece to purchase, anyone can make their own by downloading files from Thingiverse and going through step-by-step process on Instructables.

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All the parts were designed in computer using Solidworks and Illustrator.

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Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/Transforming-Chandelier/

Beacon

This project is an exploration in exploration. The user is encouraged to take a closer look at the piece, and discover an unexpected surprise. Using the brass as a capacitive touch sensor allows the user to switch on a motor that animates a hidden neopixel and a bunch of confetti.

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Here is a link to the instructables that I created on how to make your own capacitive touch object! http://www.instructables.com/id/Capacitive-touch-me/

All of the components including the arduino board and the motor are housed inside of the box to conceal the mechanisms. The power cord alludes to the fact that indeed something is going to happen.

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Texting Mat

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Lusha and May created a “Text-Mat”.  This surface can allow the user to write and send messages using one’s feet.  This text-mat is designed to send secret messages during meetings or classes.  The design utilizes conductive fabric and thread, as well as a flora-board.  The program contains 7 preset sentences.  The user can press a button to select the appropriate sentence and then a final button to send.
Enjoy the video:
Please see the instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/Texting-mat/

Signal Jammer Pants

The Signal Jammer Pants are a pair of hacked Levi 514s’ that houses an arduino board and signal jammer. The pants are connected to a circuit,  that is activated by a HWNY Greek Crown ring (or any other ring) worn by the pants operator.   When the wearer’s hand is placed into the back right pocket of the jeans they turn on the signal jammer!

Here are process shots……

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Here are some photos of the circuit that is made with conductive fabric and how the pants are activated….

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Finally it all comes together in this video where one partner is too busy to even notice that his partner is really even there until his electronics are shut off, forcing him to put down his devices and acknowledge his partner.  This video serves as a mix between a public service announcement and an advertisement.

A special thanks to François Gramoli who is not an actual jerk.