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Midterm: Alexandria Smith-Light up Mosaic!

For my Computational Craft midterm, I wanted to take a swatch that I made earlier in the semester and expand upon it. I am a musician (trumpet player/composer) and I have always been fascinated by/passionate about making mosaics.

The materiality of the CDs is important to me because I feel like they are just a business card for musicians now. Most people buy music on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify or Pandora making the landscape for a performing artist’s revenue and distribution radically different than it was even 10 years ago.

Things I learned:

How to sew a working circuit with conductive thread and Lilytiny

Clear nail polish is PERFECT for making your connections stronger

CDs are very beautiful when you combine them with a light source

how to use the digistump library (for Lilytiny)

how to use the Adafruit Neopixel Library


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.



Witchy Candle Lamp Midterm


CONCEPT : I’m fascinated by the duality of technology and pre-computer age objects. It feels magical when an interaction is enhanced or subverted with technology. That is what I wanted to accomplish with this project. My lamp is meant to visually reference hippy/witchy candle mood lighting. Using a capacitive sensor allows an added magical aspect because it is by touching the object’s rim that the candles alight.

AUDIENCE : This is a project for Californians crystal lovers, for hipster-witch combos (witchsters!), and well – me, I love this type of stuff.

INTERACTION : Touching a finger along the rim of this object causes the candles to light. Another touch puts them out.

View my instructable here!




Midterm Assignment: Lamp Project due Oct.18

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 ten minutes total to present. Instructable due Friday, Oct. 21.

Your theme: Duality. We are constantly living at the intersection of opposites and the ambiguous spaces they create. Consider this as a starting point for your design.

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.

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?

– Create an Instructable documenting your project.

1) Paper prototypes for feedback (Focus on role or look+feel)
2) Concept and design goal (What does your design seek to accomplish? Who are you designing for?
3) Materials list (What do you need to build your design)
4) Prior art and precedents that inspired your design and direction.