Category: Introduction to Physical Computing

Pcomp Week 14: Final Project- The Friendship Game

Overview The Friendship Game is built to test your friendship with your closest friend or the stranger closest to you by selecting shapes that represent how you feel about a given emotion. We wanted to explore the complicated nature of friendship in a game-like way. Abstract shapes and vague questions represent the disconnect that two people may have while thinking...

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Pcomp Week 11: Revised proposal and paper prototype

Proposal Revision Having gathered feedbacks from Danny’s classes, Olivia and Tianyi suggested us to revise the project in order to make the most out of technologies and improve user experiences. Therefore, we did another round of brainstorming and came up with the new idea with electronic magnets: the two players choose physical shapes instead of buttons and put them on separate...

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Pcomp Week 9: Initial final project plan

Project Plan Having realized that typical and classical theremin would be a “banal” concept in physical computing world by research, I finally gave up the idea of making instruments temporarily and start to think of other issues that I want to deliver or express. My interests towards social relationships lead me to observe the daily in-person interactions with people. Then,...

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Pcomp Week 8: Final Project Ideas

Brainstorming Started from the concept of “instrument”, I tried to pull out as many aspects as possible. For instance, analyzing traditional instruments in music types, interactions, medias, sound characteristics, etc. Researching Interested by creating an instrument that can be played without physical touching, I moved forward to explore possible interactive ways, such as using light, sound or infrared sensing. Meanwhile,...

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Pcomp Week 7 (mid-term): Halloween Crystal Ball

Overview Emily and I cooperated with the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program in making this project. Our goal is to provide an interactive device fulfilling their needs in the Halloween show. We came up with a crystal ball for the Fortune Teller room, in which an NPC would play Tarot card prediction while triggering the crystal ball to spoil clues...

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Pcomp Week 6: Hogwarts demo1 _ simple serial control

Cooperated with Tianyi Xie. Introduction With a music box of Harry Potter theme, Tianyi wants to create a typical scene in HP that combines fabrication, physical computing and computational media together to generate an immersive experience. We decided to work together to finish the project. My role is mainly software establishment. With the watercolor images she offered, I tried to...

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Pcomp Week 5: Catch Up and serial communication

Questions: 1. When I was using serial to send commands to control the LED, I used “H” instead of ‘H’ in the Arduino code and things turned out to be not working. What’s the difference between the single quote and the double quote in Arduino coding?  2. What is a call back function? 3. Are there references for how to use functions correctly...

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Pcomp Week 4: Capacity Sensor Piano

Ideation Inspired by the Capacitive Sensing Library by Paul Badger, I decided to challenge the Makey Makey Piano again. I spent an afternoon to learn about the physical principles of capacitive sensing and was really surprised by the fact that smartphones are using this to make touching-control screens. Instruments are great tools to engage people. Creators are not the generators of contents. Users are....

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Pcomp Week 3: Simple Light Piano

Inspiration When first got the assignment about making a simple application of digital inputs, analog inputs, and digital outputs, the buzzer turned into one product that attracted me a lot. That is Makey Makey, created by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum. I have never seen the product or play with it on my own. But I do want to see if...

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Pcomp Week 2: Lab_Electronics

The electronics lab output I tried to use three LEDs,  two switches and a potentiometer to create a traffic light system. Due to the lack of electronic input, it could just be controlled manually. The schematic view of the system: Questions: I am confused by the word “analog”. What does it mean in electronics, e.x. the analog sensor or analog signal...

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