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Laura and I are teaming up to create a wall installation that people will interact with by touch.

We were inspired by the concept of the security blanket; some sort of soft textile object (blanket, stuff animal) from childhood that brings out a sense of calm and serenity when touching it somehow. The texture of the object can vary depending on its condition; new and old textile objects have textures that can bring an emotional and psychological comfort when touched.

Artist Inspiration: Chiharu-Shiota:
http://chiharu-shiota.com/works.html

Our plan is to create an abstract wall landscape made up of different textured fabrics. We want to create stroke sensors to install in those fabrics, and when people stroke the fabrics, they will bring out different soothing sounds (we haven’t figured it out what types yet).

We also have an idea to put together a “Make-Your-Own Coosh” kit, adapting the same idea into a handheld form and selling it to people.

Possible Materials:

Conductive and Resistive thread
Computer running max/msp
Blue SMiRF for wireless communication
Fluffy textiles (shag bath rugs, shag yarn texture, faux-fur, etc.)
Batteries and lilypad holders
Lilypad Audrino
Speakers
Conductive fabric (for the stroke sensor)
Upholstery foam

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I used the origami frog piece for this assignment because neither of my midterm pieces work properly. Of course, I had trouble figuring this out as well.

Here is the link to the frog piece for materials and pics:
https://softcircuits2011.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/hungry-origami-frog-3d-circuit-switch/

And here is a video of my attempts at this project:

Attempts at the Arduino Button Function from Ashley Parkin on Vimeo.

Well, it looks like I messed up and did the wrong assignment for midterm, so I tried to do it over and I managed to make 1 paper and 1 soft circuit. However, I got middling to not so good results from my efforts, which I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of bummed about.

Anyway, here’s a slideshow and video of my efforts:

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Soft Circuits Midterm from Ashley Parkin on Vimeo.

MATERIALS I USED:

FABRIC
conductive
non-conductive

THREAD
conductive
non-conductive

TAPE
conductive
non-conductive

Wire

Paper

Conductive ink

Wire cutter/stripper

Velostat

Needle

Scissors

Seam ripper

LED LIGHTS
360 degree
120 degree 625 nm 6000 mcd (flat)

3v battery

Alligator clips

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MATERIALS:

Fabric
– conductive
– stretch
– foam

Tape
– conductive

Thread
– non-conductive

LED light
Alligator clips
3v Battery
Scissors
Pins

I have to be honest, I had a really hard time getting this thing to work properly. I must have tried to make at least 3 different things and got help from 2 people adept with physical computing, but I still couldn’t make something that worked. Here’s the latest one I made and it was the best that I could do.

Here is video of the switch in action:

Soft Circuit Press Switch from Ashley Parkin on Vimeo.

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Materials I Used:

PAPER
White Printmaking Paper
Green Construction Paper
White Construction Paper
Lt. Blue Construction Paper
Vellum

ELECTRONIC
3V Battery
Red Wire
White Wire
Super White LED 4500 mlm/360 degree (1)

CUTTING
Scissors
Xacto Knife
Cutting Mat
Wire Cutter/Stripper

GLUE
Yes Paste

TAPE
Conductive
Clear

FABRIC
Conductive
Velostat
Dk. Brown Fleece

Here is the demo video:

Here is a video of me using the Lilypad Audrino for the “blink” and “fade”:

Hey everybody! Here is the first circuit I made in class:

I fashioned it into a dimmer circuit, where you move the piece of conductive fabric along the line of resistor fluid to make the LED light go on and off. Here is a demo video of this circuit:

Now here’s some final product stills of the pop-up switch circuit I made:

Materials I Used:

PAPER
Printmaking – 4″ x 8″
Construction – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, dk. Blue, Black, and White

TAPE
Blue
Clear

ELECTRONICS
Conductive Fabric Strips
3v Battery
625 nm Pure White LED 6000 mcd/120 degrees (1)

CUTTING TOOLS
Xacto Knife
Scissors
Cutting Mat
Ruler

GLUE
Artists’ Acrylic Matte Medium
Brush
Jar of water

I took pictures of all the steps that went into this pop-up switch. It’s supposed to be a camping night scene, since I was using the tent pop-up design for this project, and I was incorporating a light switch:

Now that you’ve seen the steps, here is a demo video of the pop-up switch in action:

Hey everybody, I’m Ashley Parkin and here is my first post.

This is a scanned copy of the favorite objects list. I came up with a few ideas, got a second opinion on all of them, and I decided on combining my favorite technological object (my external hardrive) with my favorite non-technological object (my Harrods vinyl tote bag) to come up with a tote bag that holds computer data.

Here are my 3 prototype sketches: