Making Furniture Interactive

October 30, 2007

Final Project Proposal

Filed under: Final Project,Proposals,Tiago Rorke — Tiago Rorke @ 8:10 am


October 29, 2007


Filed under: Sandbox,Tiago Rorke — Tiago Rorke @ 7:57 am

International Origami superstar Robert J Lang is giving a lecture today at 4:30 in McConomy.

“From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami”

edit:   Sorry, hadn’t noticed jenn had posted this already! my bad!

October 6, 2007


Filed under: Sandbox,Tiago Rorke — Tiago Rorke @ 2:32 pm

A must see for those that havent seen this already, as i hadnt. Was published back in april nonetheless.

October 1, 2007

wooosh, face, wooosh, face…

Filed under: Exercise 3: Four States,Tiago Rorke — Tiago Rorke @ 10:44 pm

I drew little pictures like these in photoshop, then wrote a program in processing to analyse the pixels and turn them into arrays. I then copy and pasted the arrays into arduino.

Arduino Code

Processing Code

September 12, 2007

Voodoo Processing

Filed under: Exercise 2: Add a Switch,Tiago Rorke — Tiago Rorke @ 12:17 am

I wanted to create an toy that could be used as an interface for processing, and wanted to play with the conductive properties of metal filings.

I stitched a doll together out of some black felt and stuffed him/her with some aluminum filings and schwarf from the ece machine shop floor.

The stuffing ended up being a good combination of aluminum and wood/plastic shavings that gave it somewhat low conductivity.

This meant that when pins were inserted into the doll, if they were close together there was little resistance between them, whilst were they far apart the resistance was high.

The pins were connected to the analogIn pins 0, 1 and 2, and also to 5V, each in series with a 2.2Kohm resistor.

A photo sensor was also attached to the doll to let give him/her a bit of atmospheric responsiveness, this was connected between ground and analogIn pin5, and a 10Kohm resistor was put between pin5 and 5v.

The legs of the photo sensor were shielded with some wire sleeving, and was connected to the board via some header pins.

I am still trying to get the hang of importing the values from the pins into processing, but i hope to make a program based on the traer.Physics library cloud example ( where the cloud would form different shapes depending on the arrangement of the pins, and change color depending on the photo sensor.













September 6, 2007

Interactive Explorations

Filed under: Exercise 1: What Is?,Tiago Rorke — Tiago Rorke @ 7:46 am

1)  Pupa Lamp, by Progetto25zero

One must caress this lamp to turn it on and off – this creates a more emotive interaction.

2) PainStation – by Volker Morawe and Tilman Reiff

Gaming is becoming increasingly interactive, but there are certain boundaries  that one doesn’t expect to be crossed.   In this interactive artwork, as you win at the game the machine inflicts pain upon your opponent.

3) Pixenotes by Duncan Wilson

A simple idea that creates an interesting relationship between the user going about their work with the space they inhabit.  Also crosses the boundaries between stationary and architecture.

September 4, 2007

lamp exercise: touch light

Filed under: Exercise 0: Make A Lamp,Tiago Rorke — Tiago Rorke @ 3:25 am

touch lamp

I did some playing around with the knock tutorial on the Arduino website and was inspired by the Zygote ball by Tangible Interaction to make a small balloon lamp that would change colour when you tapped it.

Parts used: 3 leds, piezo transducer (a small speaker), a 300 ohm resistor and a 1 Mohm resistor, some wires, and 1 white balloon.

I soldered the ground legs of the three leds onto one ground wire, and gave them each a positive wire. I soldered 2 wires onto the piezo speaker as well. This was all taped together and then squeezed into a white balloon.

At the other end, i soldered the 1Mohm resistor in parallel with the speaker, and the 300 ohm resistor onto the ground wire for the leds.

On the arduino board, the positive speaker wire goes into analogIn pin 0, and the other into gnd. The positive led wires go to digital pins 9, 10, and 11, and the other wire to gnd.

You can take a look at the code here. It worked pretty well, but the balloon died after about an hour :P.

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