Making Furniture Interactive

December 17, 2007

Final Project: rfidge

Filed under: Final Project,Matt Thompson — Mattt @ 7:05 am
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rfidge Title
Full documentation available here.   (more…)


November 20, 2007

Birth of the Technofridge

Filed under: Final Project,Matt Thompson,Uncategorized — Mattt @ 6:44 am

There’s been a bit of a drastic change to my project since its first inception… (more…)

November 1, 2007

Exercise 5 (Sorta): Failed Use of Veer™ Catalog

Filed under: Exercise 5: Mechanical Movement,Matt Thompson — Mattt @ 7:21 am

Just to get everything up on the class blog, here’s the documentation I shot of a failed attempt at Exercise 5. After hours of breaking balsa wood, cutting myself, and generally not getting anywhere, this is what I had.  (more…)

October 30, 2007

Final Project Proposal

Filed under: Final Project,Matt Thompson,Proposals — Mattt @ 4:43 am

Slides are attached as a PDF here: Project Proposal

October 4, 2007

Chinese clockwork automaton from 1920 performs magic trick

Filed under: Examples,Matt Thompson — Mattt @ 10:31 pm

It’s like a whole new world of a forgotten art has finall been revealed to me with this wole automaton thing–I’m now seeing them everywhere.

Via Boing Boing:

This five-foot tall, 1920 Chinese automaton performs a lovely little clockwork magic trick: making other clockwork dolls disappear and appear. It’s being sold at auction on Oct 28 at Skinner in Bolton, MA — judging from the video, this looks like the kind of thing I’d love to bid on but could never afford


October 2, 2007

Assignment 4 | 1-900

Filed under: Exercise 4: Four State Machines,Matt Thompson — Mattt @ 3:45 am

Long in coming, this is a phone that serves no other purpose than to be pleased. By circuit-bending a conventional land-line telephone, I was able to repurpose the ringer to play “Afternoon Delight” and the victory theme from Final Fantasy, which respectively entice and reward the enterprising user of this kinky phone.


September 20, 2007

[Video] LEV, the Theremin-playing robot plays “Crazy”

Filed under: Matt Thompson — Mattt @ 10:38 pm

I just ran across this tonight, so I thought I’d share it with you guys. I really like the juxtaposition of bare-bones DIY with retro electronics. After all, nothing says old-school sci-fi quite like the theremin and a MIDI synthesizer.

Video after the jump.


September 19, 2007

Assignment 3 | Study for State Machine

Filed under: Exercise 3: Four States,Matt Thompson — Mattt @ 7:05 am

After toying around with a few ideas for this assignment, I found myself coming back to the same kind of idea about how furniture could behave that kind of reminded me of my ex-girlfriend. I liked the idea of a piece that was just seductive enough to attract a user to engage with it, but then somehow trap the user if they tried to move on. It would be nothing special in the first place, which would make being stuck with it that much more infuriating.


September 11, 2007

Assignment 2 | Synth Scream

Filed under: Exercise 2: Add a Switch,Matt Thompson — Mattt @ 6:21 pm

Unconstrained to the cyclical musings of his former self, He moves now with the pulse of the earth.

Seriosuly, though, it’s 3 LEDs with a buzzer in parallel off of a PWM pin on an Arduino. The Arduino is communicating serially with a Processing application that detects the live input volume of a microphone.

Go to the project page.

(More documentation to come–I’m out the door as I post this right now x_x)

September 4, 2007

Assignment 0 | Flicker Scream

Filed under: Exercise 0: Make A Lamp,Matt Thompson — Mattt @ 10:06 pm

Splash Image

Three LEDs and a buzzer come together to make an evil creature from the deep. The overpowering blue light harkens the fearful and arrogant wailings of the beat.

Each pulse brings it closer. Closer.

Click here to view the project site.

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