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WEEK1-Fish on Wheels

Fish on Wheels is a very interesting Pcomp project invented by Dutch design collective Studio Diip.  They added wheels and sensors to a fish tank so that its inhabitant can drive it by swimming in a certain direction. The tank itself was controlled by Arduino, and the main method used to detect fish’s movement is computer vision, with the camera on the top of the tank.

How it works – As the fish swims around the transparent tank, a webcam positioned above the water tracks its movements – detecting the contrast between the fish and the bottom of the tank – and relays them to the Arduino. Using programming to mimic the fish’s movements by driving the vehicle in the same direction.

Fish on Wheels by Studio Diip

Image source and related article from Dezeen

I like this project because there is a goodwill behind it – “Our pet fish have always been limited to their water holding area known as ‘the fish tank’,” said Studio Diip, “In an attempt to liberate fish all over the world, the first self-driving car for fish has been developed.” Overall, the method used in this project is really simple but the outcome is humorous and inspiring.

Week 1: Magic Mirror

Frankly, I have no idea what I am capable of regarding physical computing. I’ve had experience with a Raspberry PI,  but “experience” is too strong a word to describe my pitiful attempt at Python and fooling with a breadboard. A better word that synopsizes my experience might be that I have but encountered the massive and interesting world of computing. One thing that always stays on my mind in regards to tech projects is practicality, and how I can implement the project and innovate it’s systems to benefit in my daily routine. Ergo, the Magic Mirror project is one I find particularly interesting to explore.

Upon initial reflection the Magic Mirror appears to be a regular mirror, but can actually feature images and text by subtly materializing onto a LCD screen behind two way glass. Via remote connection to wifi and Raspberry Pi to a main PC the user can exhibit weather forecasts, calendar, notes, and essentially anything provided the effort and configuration. I’m very interested in learning how to remotely connect my PC to a third party LCD and explore the overall schematics of the Raspberry PI interface.

Magic Mirror