my original idea was to create animal tails that look organic for audiences to swing and play with. Details are at the following link.
I was using toxiclibs to draw springs, but the joints are not under control. I kinda what a structure like this.
However, with accurate different variables and calculations, they still twist a lot. This is what I actually got.
The time was too tight for me to figure the whole thing out and connect it with Kinect. I decide to develop the tail idea later, but make it into an elastic toy instead first. The movement and the sense of out of control remind me of toys I had when I was a kid. I liked to watch them fall down in the wind with an unpredictable path. It also created an illusion of they actually have thoughts or being alive. The randomness add few character into it.
She’s an artificial flower. But she has feelings, and it’s not artificial.
As you can see, Flora is an ordinary unnoticed artificial flower. Even if people feel the decoration of the room is nice, she does not get the credits. No one likes her, and there were even rumors that she’s totally fake, just because she’s not as fresh and smelling good as the ‘fresh’ flowers.
Yet she has a beautiful soul that no one knows. She’s patient and devoted, she would never leave you after met you for only a few days -like the fresh flowers do. She’d always be there accompany you. And the best thing is: she’s a good listener! If you’re busy, she would be very thoughtful and be quiet. But if you are talking to her, she would always nod, to let you know that she is listening and she’s here supporting your ideas. ‘Flora, do you think I can get a summer internship?’ ‘Is my idea good enough?’ ‘Can I manage this?’ Trust me, you’ll get the appreciation and understand from her, always. Because she knows how it feels. Being understand, being listened to, being appreciated, these are all Flora desired for her life.
It gonna be an interactive experience using Kinect and P5 to allow the audiences play with ‘their tails’.
2. I came from an animation background, I love to simulate physic and vivid movement. But before Nature of Code, everything I did was by frame by frame hand-drawn animation. Now, I have the coding as a secret weapon!
1.The code would be written in P5.js. For the tail simulation, I’m considering chains in Matter.js.
2.The interaction would include Kinect.
3. One question: I know physical libraries can simulate the 2D tail movement very well, but how come when the audiences facing sideways？
My perspective of this work is to create a collection of pictures that can draw the audience and give specific compliment.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Metal ear stud parts from Michael’s
two kinds of wood
1.I cut the wood into small pieces.
2. Try to sand them into pieces I want.
3. Use a rough sanding material to hold the pins. Attach the wood to them.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A detachable enclosure for acrylic pieces and electronic components.
The intention of making this is to explore if I could always come back into the enclosure and make changes with different parts of it.
Last week was the first time that I made something with acrylic, the beautiful texture reminded me of a drawing I drew before, it was a cave that has crystals. I feel it would be nice if I make it with acrylic.
1/8 12*12 ply wood sheet
1/8 grey acrylic sheet
1/8 green fluorescent acrylic sheet
1.I drew a sketch to figure out how different parts of this box placed and working together.
2. Did a lot of calculations and drew the box parts in Ai. Roster the slots out with laser cutter and laser-cut out the box parts.
3. Glue the parts together and let it be alone for the whole night. This step is painful. Like Ben said, it’s not worth it. But I had to make the box by myself as I couldn’t find a suitable one in the stores.
4.Test to see if it works well. The slots could actually hold the pieces as I expected!
5.Laser cut the layers of cave and place them inside the box.
6. laser cut the bottom acrylic holder. I made all the cave layers with a 1/8 thickness protrusion, so them could be plug into the bottom holder perfectly. Each layers of the cave look different, I don’t know which is the best order to put them, but I can always come back and change the order with the holders on the bottom and the sides.
7.The pieces could be reorganized and make room for any necessary electronic components.
8. Laser cut the cute little crystals. In the first go, those poor little things fell down into the machien after being cutted out. Then I placed a piece of plywood under the acrylic for the second run. But this time the wood burned a little and colored the acrylic. 🙁
9. Glue the crystals onto the cave layers. This was supper hard, but I don’t know what alternative options.
1. Even though I did every calculation so carefully (and it exhausted me), the acrylic pieces did not fit perfectly in the box. The wood slots could somehow hold them in their position, but not that strong. Maybe I should make three of acrylic holders like the bottom one.
2.Lessons learnt, buy a box whenever you can.
In last week, the topic were always ‘Spring2017 Classes’. I felt confused and not sure which to choose. I recalled that when I was young, I always make small pieces to help myself plan and understand things. It was nice and making me feel safe when things became tangible.
Also, this came from a joke my adviser made: ‘There are all kinds of good courses, you can get in good ones just by pointing with your eyes closed’
To make it possible for players to pick with their eyes closed, I used different shapes to represent courses with different units. Rectangle for 4 credits, ellipse for 2 credits, hexagon for 1 credit.
Plywood + Acrylic piece(I found in junk shelf)+ laser cutter
1.Calculation and Drawing in Ai. I drew the calendar and small tokens in size that fit the materials I had.
2.Test with junk materials in laser cutter. Test to make sure the sizes are good and the engrave could cover everything.
3. Cut with laser cutter. The engraving on the wood was super slow, I only did it once. The engraving and cutting on acrylic went three times to make a good result.
4.Sanding to make them feel good. I fell in love with sanding, it’s such a relieve!
5. Color them(failed). My original idea was to differentiate courses with colors to mark them as programming ones, Pcom ones and design ones. But the coloring didn’t went well, it could not fill the whole thing and looks ugly. It may have something to do with the material.
6.Placing them into the calendar & try pick some with my eyes closed.
The classes I picked with closing eyes.
2. The contrast between the plywood calendar and the acrylic tokens is almost zero. I should have planned it better. The tokens look better on darker surfaces. Now it’s not clear enough.
3. Acrylic is so satisfying. 😉 Wanna making more with it!
I bought this cube from Bauhaus-Museum Weimar on my trip to Germany 4 years ago. I like it so much that I brought it with me here and keep it on my desk everyday. My intention of making this cube was quite simple: all my friends who has ever seen it, liked it very much. Since I could not go back to Germany and buy more for them, then why not making some for them?
I did a brief study to understand the structure of the cube and how it connected. Then I try to category the parts, and calculated how many of each kind of parts I should make.
underestimate the difficulty of drilling joint holes.