Archives for category: Monica Arias

GUANG (Light) is an interactive wall installation that seeks to communicate different spaces, more specifically, the outside with the inside. Its goal is to help bring nature indoors, into our homes. With the use of pure white lights, the back panel lights up constantly luring the user into the space. Once standing on a pressure sensor placed under feet silhouette, a “rain of lights” surrounds the individual with beautiful organic shapes from nature.

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Based on this prototype we got a chance to test the interaction, which led us to remove some difficulties from the equation. Now, instead of using felt pompoms as our pressure sensors, we will build a padded semi-sphere which will enclose several pressure sensors, and depending on how and where you touch it, it will trigger sets of lights and sounds in the installation. This will also give us more alternatives to hide the circuitry, for a better look+feel.

Here’s a small video of our working prototype.

Soft switch materials:

  • Conductive fabric
  • Thread
  • Foam
  • Velostat

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  • Arduino board
  • Breadboard
  • Jump wires
  • Alligator clips
  • 1 LED

Video demo:

Connect one of your paper or fabric switches to an Arduino digital pin and have it turn on an led when the switch is pressed. Use the Arduino Button code find in the Example menu.

  • Arduino board
  • Breadboard
  • Jump wires
  • USB cable
  • Arduino ‘Button’ code
  • 1 LED

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Video demo:

Stand Up Comedy.

When you close the circuit putting the switches together, a stand up microphone is formed and can be placed on stage.

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • 3V battery
  • Conductive fabric
  • Conductive thread
  • 2 360° LEDs
  • Non-conductive paper

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*video coming soon*

Love Pressure.

When you press the hands together, the hearts light up: on a woman, the heart is on the chest; on a man, the heart is on the head.

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Conductive fabric
  • Conductive thread
  • Non-conductive paper (red)
  • Velostat
  • 2 360° flat LEDs (red)
  • 3V battery
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Hot glue gun

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*Video coming soon*

The Black Sheep.

The evil black sheep doesn’t like being touch. When you do, it turns on its red eyes with anger. As you move your finger, the anger intensifies and so does the brightness of the eyes.

Materials:

For the sheep:

  • Non-conductive fabric (black)
  • Conductive fabric
  • Conductive thread
  • Resistive thread
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needles
  • 2 small 360° LEDs (red)
  • 3V battery

For the finger tip:

  • Non-conductive fabric (white)
  • Conductive fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

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*Video to be posted soon*

The White Sheep.

When you pet it, the white sheep likes it and turns on its heart.

Materials:

  • Non-conductive fabric (black and white)
  • Conductive fabric
  • Conductive thread
  • Resistive thread
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needles
  • 2 small 360° LEDs (red)
  • Red piece of paper (for origami heart)
  • 3V battery
  • LOTS OF PACIENCE

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The tree of hearts: when you apply pressure to the heart on the floor, the ones on the tree dim up. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Color paper (red, hot pink, gold)
  • LED’s
  • Conductive fabric
  • Thread
  • Velostat
  • 3V battery
  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

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