Prototypes and Experiments

Small and [very] unpolished prototypes and experiments that were done as part of projects or for fun.

 
 

mini street signs and lighting effects for @heyhexx

Custom street signs for the city set for @heyhexx, made using individual ultra bright LED diodes and Arduino. Effects were programmed for each emotion (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Anger).

 

First prototype twitter sentiment analysis

Using node.js and serial communication between node and Arduino to trigger robot behaviour with sentiment analysis of tweets (using AFINN-111 sentiment analysis lexicon).

 

Mantra: turning london’s harsh sounds into meditative soundscapes

Short project for a sound workshop at the Bartlett.

“Many people dream of living in a big city, and there’s undeniably an exciting energy from living in one. However, usually the excitement fades after some time, and people begin to develop stress from the overloading of the senses.
In our experience when going out to record sounds, we found that seeing the sights of Central London was exciting, but the rest of the experience was not very enjoyable constantly bumping into people with every move, the frustration of public transportation, and not to mention we were stopped by the police for looking suspicious.
From this experience,
we want to take sounds from the busy city of London, and create a calming meditative soundscape to form a different experience of London.

 

Rube Goldgerg Machine

Part of an openFrameworks workshop, in which we each created a segment of a Rube Goldberg Machine. My part consisted of a switch which triggered a line to draw across the screen, and once it reached the other side of the screen, it would trigger a servo to sweep. The servo either had a pen triggering a key to emit sound, or a stick with a ping pong ball to trigger an ultrasonic sensor which would trigger sound.

 

Lotus: floating robot on the Hackney wick canal

A short project for robotic ecologies workshop at the Bartlett.

“Lotus is a floating, swimming robot that seeks the darkest areas of the River Lea canal, and illuminates them to create a safer environment for people at night.”

LDR sensors and Arduino read the direction of the darkest areas of the canal. Servos drive the fins, allowing it to swim to the dark areas. There are also switches attached to bumpers which detect collisions with boats and the ducks living in the canal.