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Midterm_Sungmin Ashley Ro(updated)


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I often thought that I needed a separate light just for a closet. There were some situations when I did not want to turn on my room light to grab something out of closet.. especially not to wake up my roommate and pets. So I thought about creating a moveable light on a hanger.

I planned to make the circuit directly onto one of my shirts, however, it did not quite work out because the shirt was too stretchy. Instead, I used pillow case fabric to make a mini shirt that can be hung on a hanger.

I created a circuit using Flora, LED lights, and a button that controls turning on/off the lights. When Flora is connected to a battery, a button is activated to control the lights.

 Materials used:

  • Pillow cover
  • LED lights * yellow
  • Flora (arduino)
  • A button
  • Conductive thread
  • Conductive fabric
  • Copper thread

Future iteration:

  • make more than one state for lights. (ex: blinking, lights partially on, etc)
  • make both side of the shirt work (add more lights on the other side of the shirt)



Week 7 & Midterm – Youchun Zhang

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I was inspired by the breathing rhythm from the fading effect. So I made this bird nest style lamp that can help people medidate when they feel really stressed.

I started the process with making the yarn globe:

Soak the yarn into school glue

Wrap the yarn around a balloon

The code part is a combination of the ATtiny exercise (link) and the fading example.

Testing the ATtiny touch sensor

The yarn pom-pom is being used as a touch sensor. When holding it, the LEDs will be lit up with the fading effect. I only soldered two LEDs, therefore, it is not bright enough. For the future iteration, I am planning to use a brighter set of LEDs and also consider making several of them with different rhythms.

Week 8 – Dario Narvaez – Midterm

Instructables link to see the step by step process:

For this lamp I found inspiration by the drawings created by connecting a sequence of dots, as a playful way to interact with materials and to create icons and symbols. The idea is grounded under some questions: Can you draw your own lamp? Can you activate the lamp by drawing it? Can you control the light by doing doodles? I’m also extremely interested in how icons such as the light bulb with dash lines that represent light, or a lamp, or a candelabra, can powerfully serve as elements for creating memorable interactions. In this case, as you draw the icons, the circuit closes, and therefore turns on. If the drawing is erased, the circuit opens, and the lamp turns off.

This idea can be scaled to other icons and images such as candlesticks, other type of light bulbs, lamps, etc…

The idea was born when I learnt about the technology with erasable conductive markers. Although this technology can’t be used in this case due to the limitations in terms of material and the fact that the object will be linked to a specific marker, in this proposal I’m using magnets to close the circuit. Of course, there should be other interesting ways to do it! Think about this project as a working prototype. I will keep continue exploring this concept with other mediums and technologies.


  • White Translucent Acrylic 12×12 inches
  • Acrylic Rods of about 5x5mm
  • Copper Tape
  • LEDs
  • Battery Pack of 3 AAA
  • Magnets
  • Erasable Marker
  • Eraser
  • Wooden Frame of 12×12 inches

Midterm – Carla

Social Scarfmeter

This project comes aims to quantify and visualize the mood, more specifically how eager I am to interact with other people at that precise moment. Ranging from 0 to 4, embedded LEDs show the value on the front of the person’s torso. The user has a stretchy knitted knob that can be used to change the value of the social value just by pulling.

User testing



On the final iteration of the project, I used a scarf, some black canvas that provided some structure to the soft circuit, copper thread, conductive tape, conductive yarn, AT-tiny85, socket, resistor, Lipo Battery and battery socket.

This project had 3 past iterations that didn’t work as expected. This circuit was very tricky. All version below had some kind of shortcircuit even though they follow the same circuitry than the final version. During the process, I improved no only my technique but also my decision making towards circuits.

Here the first prototype that work using ATtiny and breadboard.

Find here the code used. There is a threshold for the sensor that I defined first using Arduino UNO and taking advantage of the serial port. After that, I’ve adjusted blindly any time I needed.

ATtiny exercise capacitive + switch 

Week 7 Midterm – Lisa Ho


My midterm was a star constellation embroidery that lights up when you touch it and connect the thread together. I’ve always loved constellations and stars at night because I love how it lights up the dark. For this project, I used thread, conductive thread, water paint to paint the white fabric, LEDs, Attiny to make the LED light up, solder and hot glue to make my circuit connection stronger.

I sew my circuit of the light with conductive thread on another fabric and then embroidered the star embroidery to make sure that the two LEDs I’m lighting up are in the right places. Then I sewed it all together. And the end product is when you touch the two threads at the bottom, one LED will light up and when you connect the thread on top, the top LED will light up.

You can find the instructable here 

This is the Attiny circuit I made which is the basis of the code and circuit I used in my midterm.

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Fluffy BMO & ATtiny Homework

ATtiny Circuit




Fluffy BMO






























How I made it?

I start to use a foam as a base for the body. Then, embed the Matrix 8 by 8 in the front of it.

I work on a soft button which hides beside the body of the Robot



Midterm Assignment


Design a lamp using the techniques, tools, and materials we have been learning over the course. Lamp and presentation are due OCT. 18. You will have seven minutes total to present. I suggest 5 minutes for presentation and 2 for feedback. You do not need to have a slide deck unless you want to. You should plan to demo. Instructable due Tuesday, Oct. 23.

1) MUST use a switch or sensor. RE: You must have a way of controlling the circuit.
2) Must have at least two states (e.g. on/off, fading fast/slow, red/blue, etc) or more.
3) You do not have to use Arduino.
4) You cannot use jumper wires *unless* it is to connect your circuit traces to the Arduino. In this case, you should consider how to integrate your Arduino into the design. Depending on your time and financial constraints, you may want to explore other types of Arduinos that better fit your design, such as a Lilypad, Flora, Gemma, Arduino Mini, etc.
5) The midterm is an individual project.

NOTE: Please do not use a breadboard for the same reasons as the Arduino constraint above. Again, the goal of this project is to evaluate your comprehension of the materials, techniques, and processes. Only using wires and a breadboard or Arduino will not help me understand that you have mastered what we have been doing in the semester.

I will be evaluating you along the following categories:
– Paper prototyping interaction and structure
– Grasp of assembly and how to integrate electronics with materials
– Material is appropriate for the project

Concept + Design
– Clear design goal
– Desired interaction accomplished (What should the user be doing or feeling? What action do you want them to perform?)
– Intuitive interface (or convoluted depending on the design goal)
– Articulated audience – who is this for?


You may propose another project for the midterm, but it MUST be approved by me first. This can take the form of in-depth material research, etc.


– Create an Instructable documenting your project. Due October 23.

Post initial ideas, sketches, and any prototypes to the blog.