ICM Final: Complimenting Pictures

ICM 2016Fall

Complimenting Pictures

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My perspective of this work is to create a collection of pictures that can draw the audience and give specific compliment.

Inspiration & Perspective

I found out that compliment from other people, especially those that you are not familiar with, can be really helpful to cheer you up when you are not in a good mood. One day, I told the lady doorman that her dark red nail polish look really beautiful on her before I went to a neighbor’s party. When I see her again after two hours, she was still so happy because of the conversation earlier.

I wonder if this kind of compliment can be replaced by machine. All of us had done this: checking out ourselves when passing by a reflecting surface: could be a store window, could be a car window. I wonder how would people feel if the reflecting surface give some feedback or talk to them such as texting:’You look great today’ when they’re checking themselves out through it.

Then I realize that if the compliment is just general, people would think that it’s not talking to them. So I decided to make it interactive, to detect the color of the audience cloth, and give a more specific feedback: You look great in red. The audience would feel that’s really talking to them.

My perspective is to create a collection of different sketches that drawing the audience at the same time all together. One of them is just a reflection but give text feedback and the others are with different styles, all changing color base on the audience’s cloth.

Tools & Approaches


All sketches are using video capture and drawing by pixels. I created a color count function and define how would a combination of RGB count as a red/blue/green.

And to make the audience be able to see the original sketch the the color changing process, I made the color changing code with accumulation of color count, that means only if the ‘red’ color counts 400 hundred times, the sketch would decide that you’re wearing a red color.

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The code:





1. I only achieved less than 50% of my perspective. I couldn’t figure out how to detect and change color while drawing with particles, and the effect that I want the text feedback in a mirror look sketch, I couldn’t make it detect the color. I will keep working on it, try to figure out the functions I wanted and develop more types of brush stroke with particles.

2. But this is only the beginning. With ICM, the first time in my life, I realized coding could be a lot of fun and I’m not scare of it any more!

Week_5 Two Materials

Fabrication 2016Fall

Ear Stud



I always like the texture of wood, and wanted to make some ear stud with wood. I’ve bookmarked many wood studs in my online shopping account, they were beautiful but sometimes too large for me or too expensive.

Materials & Tools

Metal ear stud parts from Michael’s

two kinds of wood


1.I cut the wood into small pieces.

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2. Try to sand them into pieces I want.

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3. Use a rough sanding material to hold the pins. Attach the wood to them.

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4.Try to attach the artificial crystals to the pins but failed. The supporting part of the pins are flat, but the crystals has sharp end. I tried to bend the flat platform with plier but it cannot fit. They are not the right parts for the crystals.


5. Finished the wooden ones.

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It was so frustrating that this assignment was done under pressure of all the finals. It didn’t even reach 5% of my self expectation. I actually interest a lot in trying different materials, especially the nature ones. It should be the most enjoyable thing for me here in ITP. I wish I had this assignment not during finals, but I’ll continue exploring fabrication with the take-aways from this class even after it.

Week_6 Mount Motors

Fabrication 2016Fall


Marriage Machine

It’s a physical installation shows people’s happiness are so easily been ignored just because they are not the majority in many countries and regions. 


it’s about gay marriage. While the whole United States were celebrating ‘Love Wins’, most counties around the world, people who are members of LGBTQ community are still being shut the door upon their face by marriage. However, to many people, this fact is just a statistic data they read in news. Is this work, I want to show the audience how ‘straight only’ marriage works and how many people’ life-long happiness are easily ignored by this kind system.

Materials & Tools

Pine wood

Rubber sheet

1/8 Ply wood sheet


5mm Metal shafts

5mm to 5mm coupler

Stepper motor(stepper motor mount from amazon)

Standard servo(wood piece to mount servo)

RGB color sensor



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1.I had totally no idea about how to build a conveyor. First of all, I tried how to use a cylinder to create enough friction to move a conveyor. I found that any cylinder with rubber band can do it.

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2.My second concern was how to attach the cylinder to a stepper motor. I never touched one before 2 weeks ago. I had all kinds of crazy imagination of how to do it. Even though I went through the class content of mounting the motor in advance, I still couldn’t figure it out without seeing the actual things and demo of how to use them. For so many times, we took what we learnt for granted, but with the whole semester feeling helpless with necessary fabrication knowledges and skills, I realize the importance of learning. And I feel gratitude for things that I could learn.


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3. I talked to second year students who have done it, tried 3D printing parts. But finally I found the right coupler and shaft in Thinkersphere and decided to use them. The 3D printing part worked well, but the three tooth was very fragile and hard to find accurate holes on the cylinder.


4. I built a demo version of this before I built the actual one. Used a black rubber sheet found from soft lab to be the conveyor. It worked well without pulled tensely by two cylinders, but created too much friction when everything is on its right position. I still need to adjust it to make the conveyor move easier. I bought a thiner and light color rubber from Canal Rubber and canvas from blicks.




1. Many ‘seem easy’ things could be very tricky to actually build. Always do experiment early.

2. My biggest lesson from this project is: I didn’t even give myself the time to fail fast. I found out my old idea for Pcom final couldn’t achieve my original expectation, and give it up late. Only left myself two weeks to do a 5-weeks project.