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final: something familiar changing

  My idea for the final project started when I discovered you can turn a book into a capacitor by inserting sheets of aluminum foil between the paper. I liked thinking about a book as an object that holds charge metaphorically. I was also interested  in the book as an interactive object, and think about [...]

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stock market display (prototype)

I was interested in contrasting the rapid changing stock market with a slow technology display. The circuit is made of 2 connections that form either a minus or a plus, depending on whether a stock value is increasing or decreasing. The time in which the data updates is much faster than the time it takes [...]

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ironed triangular fabric speaker

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midterm: digital to analog converter

//// design problem and concept Technology can function as a black box. Since many elements are invisible, we are left with an ambivalent relationship with it: We depend on technology and at the same time we seldom fully trust it.  Solutions to common design problems have been transformed into smaller and smaller forms, becoming even [...]

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midterm initial concept and sketches

I would like to make a soft modular (hopefully polyphonic crossing toes) FM synthesizer. In order to modulate the sound, the soundmaker will be able to combine different objects, each one representing either (A) a carrier frequency of a certain type of wave, (B) a modulating frequency, (C) a noise generator, and (D) a soft speaker. [...]

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week 06: capacitance sensing testing sensing

It was playing with capacitance sensing this week! I started with a piece of steel wool- This was fun but it felt too much like it should actually be a pressure sensor. I did some proximity touching / not touching experiments with a pot and my dear jade plant. The most exciting discovery, however, was [...]

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week 05: needy light blob

This week I tried to make an object that would read as needy. The initial idea was that this object would communicate some kind of distress at first, which would turn into a calm behavior once the object is touched. I planned an additional scenario, in which the object panics when it is squeezed too [...]

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Week 04: Musical Instrument

I just learned how to make a simple oscillator using a 555 timer in another class, so I tried to create a design for that circuit and turn it into a paper music instrument. It took a lot of troubleshooting to make it actually work, and I am still skeptical of some of its behavior! [...]

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Week 03: Failed Origami Attempts

  

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Week 02: Two Types of Circuits and the Space Child Mother Goose

Hello! I started by making a simple parallel circuit. I found out too late that I am using LED’s that require more power than the 3V battery can supply, so I used a 9V instead. Then I struggled with the conductive thread quite a bit, and ended up using it quite sparingly just to make [...]

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