paper-craft terrarium

Hey all,

Here it is, my paper-craft terrarium!

The round terrarium structure is made of paper maché, paper clay, and lots of glue. I laser cut the four pieces pieces that make the viewing box (the top/night sky, two sides, a window) that is inside of the terrarium including the round holes for the LED lights that show through at the top.

A breadboard is attached this piece which is the “night sky” and I coded the lights to fade on in synch with the sun setting. The screen is my iPhone where I uploaded a video of a beach sunset and inserted it into the window of the viewing box.

Finally, I added mini paper dune grass and a tiny wooden fence (my favorite part)! ūüôā

Interactive, Educational, Inspirational!

Below you will find a stop motion animation illustrating my concept for the Magnetic T-shirt/Jacket using Arduino.  I have also shared some of my inspirations for this project.  Spaces and  environments which facilitate participation and learning are of great interest to me, especially ones suited and meant for children.  The combination of electronics and interactions seemed like a great combination to experiment with ideas which would make the classroom more welcoming and promote learning!

Live and Play in environments which are rich in creativity, arts, and inspriation!

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Enjoy the show!

This was a great learning curve for me! ¬†There are 360 still images which make up the stop motion animation. ¬†During this process I made leaps and bounds and learned many new skills! I practiced drawing, my handwriting, learned how to utilize iMovie to make a stop motion and overlay sound, and also learned out to tackle the internet uploading and embedding. ¬†And even though you don’t see it in this post, I programed an Arduino with a magnetic reed switch to light up an LED when it censored the magnet!

Brighter than a lucky penny

Zena Verda Pesta

Junkmail iPod Dock

Hey guys,

Here goes, the ‘Junkmail iPod Dock’ –

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Pretty basic setup, motor runs an off-center disc when the button is pressed. ¬†The code was essentially a push-button script, originally turning on an LED. ¬†The LED was replaced by the TIP transistor, leading to motor and additional power source. ¬†There were some issues with the timing of the platform, as it would land on the button and potentially run endlessly. ¬†To fix, I put a slight delay on the status of the button. ¬†To my poor soldering skills, however, there was no fix. ¬†Enjoy…

Thanks all – David

“Are the dishes clean or dirty?” -Everyone

In a busy studio, with lots of people sharing a dishwasher, it can be confusing knowing if the dishes are clean or dirty. As a result I designed a kitchen appliance that will stop people from accidentally loading dirty dishes in a clean load.

This is how it works:

1. Richard loads the dishwasher and then kicks the button on (which activates the arduino)

2. Mansi comes to the dishwasher, not knowing that it is full of clean dishes, and is about to add her dirty dish. But when she opens the dishwasher, the green light comes on and tells her she better not!

3. People can take a dish out at a time to use them without unloading the whole dishwasher, but once the dishwasher is unloaded, the button should be kicked again so the green light is deactivated.

The circuit utilizes a modded push button, an LED and a light sensor.





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Party Favor!!!

The object that I had to design for this class’ assignment was a plastic bag Party Favor. I began with using arduino and circuitingdierent colors of LED’s to one bread board. The led’s are programmed to light on and off simultaneously. The arduino kit was then placed inside a box which would later be used as the base. Plastic bags were cut and made into a collapsible pinata like lantern that would expand out of the box base. The box is then packaged into a slide out packaging which is then tied with ribbon fabricated out of a Target plastic bag like a party favor.

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Junk-Mail Phone Case/Dock by Richard

Introducing the “ijunk” – the junk mail iphone / ipod dock

“the best thing to happen to iphone since iphone 5”

When an iphone or ipod is docked it activates a junk mail delivery mechanisim. This was a really project with no apparent purpose but gave me the opportunity to use a physical imput to create a digital action in the ardino code and then return a physical output. The¬†physical¬†circuit¬†uses a tip120 transistor¬†which¬†acts as a¬†electronically¬†controlled¬†switch allowing the motor to draw power from an¬†independent¬†power supply. This is important as if the motor were to be connected directly to the arduino it could fry the arduino’s chip. The code i used was a version of the button example featured in the continue reading section of this post. Ideally if I had more time I would have better¬†integrated¬†the¬†iPhone¬†charging into the arduino and have it actually¬†recognized¬†when it was being docked, rather than just using the phones casing to connect the¬†circuit via contacts.

Some of the tutorials and useful sites I found and used are here:

ijunk dock

Junk Mail Phone Dock from Richard Clarkson on Vimeo.

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Plastic bag fax.

As I mentioned in my Inspiration post, I looked to bike couriers as a fax replacement system. Here are the components of the project.

The Ardunio board was programed & wired to have an LED blink while the plastic bag is closed. Once the bag is opened, the circuit is broken & the LED shuts off. The light indicates the bag contains an important document that has not been opened yet. Once the bag is opened, it could wirelessly send a message to a database indicating that the bag has been opened.

Tyvek Bicycle Brake Light!

This is the Tyvek Bicycle Brake Light! It works with simple push-button Arduino code. For this project, I wanted to create a bike accessory that I could actually use. The brake light comes in handy while riding in heavy traffic!

Above is the initial sketch and first Arduino mock-up.

The light is comprised of two 12V LED strips, wood and acrylic. A Tyvek FedEx envelope holds the electrical components which are zip tied to the bike frame. To make the light I used an online box generator to create the geometry for the wooden pieces. Then I created a hexagonal pattern in AutoCAD for the “BRAKE” text which was laser cut into the surface of the acrylic. I am quite happy with the esthetic of the piece, but I wrestled for hours over the electronics. ¬†Richard helped me figure out that I had the batteries wired up incorrectly, and that’s why my TIP120 transistor was overheating. I think I got a perfect circle burned into my fingertips from the transistor!

The next step for me would be to fit an FSR sensor to the brake lever so that it would trigger the light.