Gaoming’s Plush Night Light Proposal


Story of night light:

idea sketches

I started sketching out ideas of night light based on both my personal interests and my family’s needs. As for a night light, it shouldn’t be either too bright or too dim to perform its function of brightening certain range of view, and that’s the reason why I decided to make the moon over my three sketches. (The other two options were either too dim as a night light, or too complicated to approach.)

The idea came from how moon is one of the most typical things at night, while developing this idea, I was imaging having a tiny moon hang in the room, so me and my family could get enough light source if wake up in the middle of the night. Since it’s a moon-shaped light, my idea was to spread out 5 LEDs inside the material to get a similar effect of a moon distributing light.

Circuit with 5 (yellow) LEDs


material pattern

For the material, I used a section of my old bedsheet with a nice color theme and pattern. I feel like it’s a good material for creating a narrative-style moon.

Proposal : hyrdoTelegraphy


For my final project, I propose an alternative method for text messaging– the long distance transmission of textual or symbolic (as opposed to verbal or audio) messages without the physical exchange of an object bearing the message. This is not a message in a bottle nor is it achieved through carrier pigeons, rather it’s rooted in the early 1800’s developments in electrical telegraphy and mashedUP with the 1950 initiative SOSUS (sound surveillance system).

I will build a Hydro-Telegraphy Transceiver for use now and in a future time when people must gather at reserviors, lakes and calm bodies of water to ‘silently’ communicate to one another. Meanwhile, coast to coast, our nation is being outfitted with canals and aqua-ducts in place of defunct data comm and telephone wires.

From my sketchbook;


Beginning with existing hydrophones, which are listen-only devices, I want to add a means of broadcasting a language similar to morse code and possibly translating it to the user aurally as English.

Using Arduino controlled sensors and script functions:

  • piezoelectric sensor = input
  •  LED = output (possibly a electromagnetic speaker for translating code to English)
  • Arduino controlled actuators create a percussive ‘clap’ sound
  • One challenge is to determine if I can use existing software or code to translate morse code to spoken words, and another challenge will be to create a water-tight and simple devise.
  • One push-pull solenoid (
  • Battery case/sled for 12V supply

Links to prior similar work and/or tutorials: