Archive for the ‘Project Sketches’ Category
Processing Sketch, report version of the code : MusicSequencerv2_1
Processing Sketch, measuring frequency (unused code): BasicCode_SpeedAdjustment_TimeConstraint.pde
Processing Sketch, different resistors, same sounds (unused code): MusicSequencerv1_2.pde
Arduino Sketch, code to upload to Arduino: StandardFirmata
This is a stuffed toy that plays sounds modified by the user, allowing the user to interact with a cuddly (but not too cute) animal by customizing its behavior, for kids who like to actually play with a cuddly stuffed animal. It simultaneously produces the user experience of creating music and establishes the creature as a character with distinctive behavioral traits.
Last week I had built this crazy contraption with fans zip-tied to foamcore. The intention was that the fans and a bubble maker would react to one web cam tracking the presence and movement of the viewing audience. A second camera is watching the bubbles that are produced. All of this resulted in circles being projected onto the foamcore.
However, there were three major issues:
- It was a crazy-looking jumble of bits and pieces with the fans distracting from the projected visuals.
- A visual echo from the bubble camera seeing the projection.
- It was difficult for the audience to see how they’re actions impacted the apparatus.
Ultimately this all meant that it was ugly and no fun to interact with. So I’ve been working to change that.
So I built a box out of PVC pipe today. And it will contain all of the parts and be surrounded by cloth with the projector facing up from within. So that makes it look better. The system now works as a self-contained unit as well – triggered by sound instead of a second webcam. The chain of events is now: People make noise -> The bubble maker makes bubbles (inside the box) -> a camera (inside the box) sees the bubbles -> A drawing is produced based on the bubbles -> The drawing is projected onto the top of the box (from inside the box). Here’s a crappy picture of the box: . I’ll try to bring stuff to class on Tuesday to demo, but my wife thinks it is more fun to interact with and the box makes it a self-contained unit which is much better than before.
will be here soon 🙂