Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Week Seven

Monday February 18th and Wednesday 20th

  • Parts came in!! Project due in two weeks. 
  • Come up with some new media artist focusing in physical computing for the artist presentation.
    • List of 5 artists that you want to pursue further. Have this by week nine right before spring break in blog post.
    • Presentation must be 10-15mins and have a thorough investigation of the artist. Must focus on a specific artwork that artist created for physical computing, human-machine interface device. Can mention past work, but needs to focus on the electronics aspect.
    • Use google slides can have 4 mins of videos from artist.
    • Presentation due week 12
Update on Project
  • I've breadboarded everything together and am now just trying to figure out the code.
  • A4 = SDA
  • A5 = SCL
Main Components: Back of LCD
 Main Components: Front of LCD

 Just LCD wired

 Just color sensor wired

 Color sensor and LCD screen together





Monday, February 11, 2019

Week Six Class

February 11th: Monday
  • Instructables account, make one for project and have information together to document all steps of project to post on the site.
  • have a narrative of your project, like an essay you want to catch the viewers attention, tone grammar, hook, information of project, materials, goals, are all important to the instructables. 
  • take pictures as your going along on your steps, even videos, diagrams. have a bill of materials, can even include links to your materials.
  • Good idea to start your instructables sooner rather than later, add images and videos and can label out to steps on the instructable. You can save as drafts before actually publishing to site.
  1. Set up instructable for project
  2. Lab time for project, begin breadboarding on fritzing.
February 13th: Wednesday
  • Industrial process of making an appliance, lets say the toaster. The toaster project and how he can critique this object. 
  • The identity of maker as been consumed by a culture. 
  • Californian Ideology: consumption, innovation of new forms, utopianism, powering in the male gender. 
  • It should be focused on the practice!!
Weekly Reflections

Nervous about the project but just need to read the codes over and the manuals for my parts. I already have a fritzing diagram but have to confirm everything is in the right spot. I learned this week the importance of documentation for the project. Every step is important to your process.

My Fritzing Diagram


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Week Five Readings

Why Am I Not A Maker?
People who make things are different from one who doesn't.. but aren't we all making something in some way? At least that's what I think. Were all constantly making and passing new information to the world. We all put out some kind of work. The list is pages and endless in length to what people could consider making. I agree some are stronger then others and there are main ones we focus towards. But ideas expand and new making envolves everyday. This is the true beauty, the possibility of making.
We have to understand that making something gives it meaning. Just like clothes in the store or other objects we buy and sell. They were created by someone out there which gives it meaning and purpose.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Week Five: Monday/Wednesday

February 4th: Monday

  • SWOT: strengths, weakness, opportunities, threats.
  • Think about the flexibility of your project, where the wires go, whats the power source?
  • Metonym is when a thing or concept is referred to by the name of something closely associated with that thing or concept.
Project Discussion
  • Sketch out ideas for the form. Need to have drawings. Use images to help you, doesn't have to be difficult. Hand-held interfaces. Clear housing.
  • Having sound makes it possible to not have to see, this could extend to blind people as well.
  • Having device on the numbers of the colors RGB, like a color pin wheel.
  • ! is the NOT
  • Constants are classified in groups
  • "if else" {} to do another thing
  • if (someVariable ?? value)
    • { doSomething(); }
  • Use == double equal to state truth, meaning is equal to
  • if...else allows for either or decisions . To do one thing when the input is HIGH or another thing if input is LOW
  • for (initialization; condition; expression)
    • { doSomething; }
  • randomSeed sets a value as the starting point for the function
  • You can also just use random(max) random(min, max)
  • 255 is always the max for analogWrite
  • libraries hold your codes, and this folder has to be in your sketchbook folder
  • understanding structure of codes is very important.
  • leave breadcrumbs /* original hacks to code
  • Simple coding: reading temperature
    • above 90F LED➡️yellow
    • from 70F - 90F LED➡️ purple
    • below 70F LED➡️ green
Using if else to create code

if (myTMP3G>70 && myTMP3G<90) {
doSomething}
else{ light turns green }

Monday, February 4, 2019

Project One Update


  • I would like to have a clear housing unit for the device and have the Arduino and LCD inside. Would have opening for power cable as well as color sensor.
  • We discussed in class about a lot of options for the project. Have to think about all the options before you move forward. 




Friday, February 1, 2019

Week Four Readings

Plastic is essential to cheap electronic appliances. This guy Thomas speaks about how he built a toaster from scratch. He had to go out into the world and actually get all of his materials himself. One of them was having to make his own plastic and going rock mining for mica. It was quite fascinating to see how he completed everything and how different it looks made from him rather then with machines and other resources. He stated the toaster worked for a few minutes but of course something got melted. He built it in only nine months which is also impressive. But I do find it bizarre in the fact that he spent way over the price of a toaster in store so whats the point? He wanted to bring out facts about the industrialized world. The scale of production required to make a toaster has over 400 parts. 
Thinking about Making
Making has many different definitions and options but mainly making is who we are. Us as humans have to make stuff, we can make a variety of things, food, products, photos, videos, etc. The list is completely endless. Making has gotten so popular it has a magazine called Make and is full of things to make and what people are currently making. Making has been around for forever even if it wasn't as established as it is today.  Makerfaires only started in 2006, growing tremendously over the last 13 years has made quite a movement to our social world. Leah preaches at the eyeo festival about the maker movement. She speaks about gender and ethnicity aspects of the make magazine. The main minority involved men over the age of 40 and no minorities. The statistics weren't surprising because of how dominant men already have titles too. "rich white guys".  Leah begins to discuss how the makers promise is to welcome everyone and be a space that anyone can reach, but why are the dominant creators only one kind? Money is a big concern to this. Leah speaks about actual stories make magazine could put on the front cover to open up to some minorities and show their possibilities increasing others of wanting to make. Reaching to all of the population is the closing statement. Push the growth of making to everyone!



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Week Four: Wednesday

Wednesday Jan 30th

  • Deadline for materials Feb 11th
  • $40 spending limit, try to use half now and half later for another project
Sensory Perception

  • Sight, Hear, Smell, Taste, Touch
  • ROYGBIV- what colors our eyes are able to pick up
    • Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
  • What would you extent? How do you execute this?
    • Simplicity = think of a pair glasses, an appliance that helps extend our sight perception. Think about ability to replace a sense and altar your perception.
    • Sensor, sends information to processor, processor creates math and tells the output what to do, which then transfers over to an input to the nervous system.
    • How do you make the machine apart of your body? Think of scenario you can build off a sensor. What's happening?? 
      • I'm going to create a color sensor for colorblind people to be able to recognize colors that their unable to see. There are different kinds of color blindness but it all focuses on the three main colors, red, green, and blue.
Reflection of Week
This week was a little crazy, but now that my hard drive problems are solved, I got pretty lucky and didn't lose any files. Learning a lot about electronics lately I'm reading up about how to build my project. There are a few websites that give me the information on how to create the setup I just have to make sure to buy the right parts. Some used amazon as their source, although I found what I needed on adafruit and mouser. Those two were the main ones I looked at, I don't need to many items, but I need to review with Thomas next week. I find having an instructables or other site to use as a reference when circuiting, wiring, and coding everything together will be best since it's my first project. My biggest question is needing to figure out if I need an I2C or not for my LCD display screen and understanding the differences on adafruit, they have a package with both items just under 20 bucks, but would still have to get color sensor so would already be close to 40. Wanted to try and split the cost in half, but if I have to take out of pocket is not a big concern. I'm very excited, yet nervous I'll miss something.

Week Seven

Monday February 18th and Wednesday 20th Parts came in!! Project due in two weeks.  Come up with some new media artist focusing in physic...