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The purpose of my Soft Circuits final was to create an artificial Neural Network. The circuit method I planed to use one wired in parallel. The Neural Network was to send an electrical pulse to the next neuron; or rather the chain of LED’s will light when connected to the next Neuron. The basis of this idea comes from the fact that our brain only knows the patterns sent to us via our five senses. All of our perceptions and knowledge about the world is built from these patterns.

At the start I really wanted to wire tri color LEDs to the top, mid, and bottom of the Neurons; and based on the way one closes the circuit the color and pattern of flashing lights would change. But alas, while trying to solder a connection to the Red, Blue and Green (3 positive leads and 1 ground) I melted more LEDs, then I care to mention, and if that wasn’t bad enough I could always get all 3 colors working on each LED. So eventually I changed my strategy to soldering a connection to the Red only thus forwarding my ability to have a creation. Also not being very familiar with Arduino I wasn’t able to code for multiple light pattern interactions, but just had various blinking across the whole neural connection.

From this experience I have learned far more about circuits, connectivity and physical computing then I did ever know before. Although I am a real newbie and all of these learning experiences were strange and unfamiliar I am very glad to have participated in them. I am now aware of possibilities never before revealed to me.

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Here is a Prototype of my Neuron

what the light represents are electrical signals passing through the neuron.

The look that I’m really going after is a chain reaction of the light

instead of this uniform blinking

also i don’t know how i would make all of those lights blink

independently and in multiple neurons dependent upon whether they are touching (I.E THIS IS THE PART I REALLY NEED HELP ON)

It might also be helpful to know the type of fabric used in the image below

Look Feel Soft or fabric circuit
Role This piece is didactic, my goal is to create an Artificial Neural Network
Implementation- With LEDs wired in Parallel and a several pressure sensors. The neuron will send and electrical pulse to the next neuron. Or rather a chain of LED’s will light when connected to another neuron

Reference/Importance-Our brain only knows the patterns sent to it via our five senses. All of our perceptions and knowledge about the world are built from theses patterns. These patterns of information enter our brain as spatial and temporal patterns; these patterns are neuronal signals that are partly chemical and partly electrical. Memories- are formed with patterns after they enter the brain. Memories- are formed by electrical signals making connections between nerve cells so that they form a network.


Neural Network

My Neural Network

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“Body Paint” Installation at “Clicks or Mortar”, March 2009 from Memo Akten on Vimeo.

What does your project do?
Creates a fluid painting with lights.
How does your project do it?
Using contact points to alter image and MaxMSP
What does your project look and feel like?
It looks like Kanye West Video All of the lights either one image will change in a few ways or closing the circuit will make the screen blink like a strobe.
What material is your project going to made out of? Include What role do new materials played in your project?
Conductive Ink

Thinking about your project’s interaction: make a list of all your inputs and outputs
Body sensor

Mehmet Akten is a Turkish artist living in U.K. He describes himself as “an artist, musician, engineer, lecturer, toy maker, mad scientist”

I discovered him in openFramweworks community website.

WebCam Piano

Webcam Piano 2.0 Teaser from Memo Akten on Vimeo.

Apps and Open Source Works

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