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Nitinol Wire_ Albee

I tried multiple kinds of form and material with nitinol wire this time…. although most of them seem failed

But I have learned:

  1. The attachment with paper should hold better together with nitinol wire, so it could show better movement while interacting with paper.
  2. I was actually combining the conductive thread with the wire as the images below, which is not necessary because the way might cause some short or decrease the electrons from nitinol wire.


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Final Thermochromic Project_ Albee Kang

In this project, I really take the time to test and play with thermochromic pigment. As a part of my background is fashion, I also bring the technique to weave by sheets that I paint. I am quite happy with this kind of idea to engage two different fields. 

” From Decomposition to reorganization ”

Instead of weaving before coloring it, I like how I paint the individual sheets first and use the weaving skill to make it into a brand new piece. (Kind of starting from not real idea to be a little art piece.) I also like the challenge of material choosing. The felt is actually working well that I thought— the structural thickness and also how the texture interacts with the paint.

I think I would love to work more on the combination of ideas into some other forms, eg. different woven style and the shapes that create out of the woven…. etc.

Feedback from class:

1. I agree with Sofia’s idea: to create the 8-bit images instead of a simple line sewing.

2. And what Cat said inspired me too …. ” think about what I have and continue work on it since it is already a pretty piece…. why adding just a deer or something which was not quite related.

Here is my Instructables 

Here is my slide 


Albee Kang_ Midterm

This is a smart lamp that changes the brightness by folding the top piece.



This is an all the user-friendly lamp for anyone who enjoys reading in a relaxing environment. Try to image people sitting at the desk by a window with some cool breeze. After a period time of reading, and you want to take an easy nap. Simply folding the lamp to dim the light….. 🙂
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This time I want to try something that I have been really interested with : LED Stripe.

I was always thinking how those indirect light source under stairways was built… until I knew it was actually using stripe LED and covered by some shade or hide behind such as a piece of wood block. So I decide to use that idea as a type of inspiration or motivation.



Week 5- LED behavior -Albee


Since it is always bad to our eyes from reading or using cellphone under not enough light source. Therefore, I use Arduino to create a little device that can remind you the current light situation you are at.

Not enough light- Red.

Moderate light source- Yellow.

Good amount of light- Green.



including Arduino Uno, one photoresistor, and three LEDs




Assignment 4 – Learning a craft “Kumihimo” _Albee Kang

I am an integrated designer. I worked in the field of fashion and visual design before. I identify myself as 50% a designer, 25%observer, and 25%explorer. Being as an explorer and observer, I like to look up things that are unusual or unfamiliar to me, and trying to look for some logic and pattern that I can keep in my storage (which is my brand). Now I am a learner and trying to be a coder.

My favorite tool really depends on what kind of style or scenario that I want to illustrate, but I like to sew (machine and hand), and making a collage with paper and scissors to create a moldboard or storyboard.

This week I learn this Japanese craft call “Kumihimo”. It is a technique of braiding by this Kumihimo board. It is a simple action, but you can get a well-structured sting that people commonly use for a bracelet or some other accessories.

( I  suggest learning this with text tutorial is much easier than those watching video one! )

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(photo online: a bracelet using wider thread)



Assignment Week 2- Albee


From in-class exercise,  I finally clarified what is different between series circuits / parallels circuits  just by seeing how it connects not from the drawing circuits. From my last circuit connecting with more than one leds, I realized that I RED led takes a lot more electrons than the others. Originally I connected one of each blue, white and red led with 3v battery, but the red one couldn’t be able to light up due to the current issue. (which is really cool fact!)


On the illustrate assignment, I recreate a scene from The Jungle book. I really impressed by the jungle fire scene (red flower). On the material choice, I limited to find some used material from whatever I can find at my place. I used a black paper bag to make a kind of 3D like scene. I think it looks better in complete dark space, all the yellow and red leds blend the color together, and looks like it was surrounding with fire in a dark jungle.



1st assignment- Albee

During this short research, I looked up some wearable tech/ fashion pieces that applied electronics to it, and I found many of them is not working or moving as natural as we would love to wear them in our daily life. One of my backgrounds is fashion design, and this research makes me think how these cool technology or electronics solution could be applied on to the real world wearable garments. And then I found this interesting material called “Piezoelectric Fabric” from Kansai University in Japan. The piezoelectric fabric is a fabric consisting of various fibers including PLLA (poly-L-lactic acid) and carbon fibers. PLLA features piezoelectricity; therefore, when it is bent or stretched, it generates an alternating electric potential. From the video in the bottom, that reminds me the piece “Input/ Output paper ” from Jie Qi.

“Piezoelectric Fabric” apply to wearable sensor