Posts Tagged ‘physical computing’
I tried to arranged 2 circular groups of rare earth magnets to achieve levitation. Apparently, it is impossible according to Earnshaw’s Theorem.
However, there are certain ways to get around Earnshaw, which states that a system of solid state magnets will never reach a static equilibrium. Various levitation techniques utilize varying magnetic fields and movement within the system.
Teste Touch is an interactive installation that mimics the human anatomy. In the same vein as Matthew Barney’s Cremaster series, our installation is based on the natural interaction between the male reproductive organs and their environment. Teste Touch’s hanging scrotum responds to temperature by ascending or descending, highlighting the function of the cremaster muscle. Without a working cremaster muscle, the sperm can easily overheat, killing them and rendering a man sterile. This piece demonstrates one of the main functions of the autonomous nervous system: performing crucial tasks for us without our direct intention. Although the rising and falling of the testicles is often the subject of humor and or vulgarity, it is crucial to the survival of the entire human species. In addition, we have included a reflexive response to touch to create a more direct interaction with the user. With this project, we are affirming our love for Mother Nature and the beautiful simplicity of her designs.
Testy Touch is mostly built at this point. We have several interacting circuits to perform our various interactive tasks. We have a Daisy mp3 player that we bought from MAKE and put together. We have a board that interfaces with our motor controller, and we have a board that our sensors and vibrating motors connect to. Tonight we finished the large motor mechanism that withdraws the testes up towards the ceiling. We built a spool with scrap from the woodshop and are using 30lb mono-filament to suspend the testes. Soon they will be wrapped in the scrotum.
I can already tell that this is going to be a fabulous project. Basically, it is a pair of 2 foot wide testicles hanging from the ceiling in a 12 foot tall ball sack. ‘Testy Touch’ is sensitive to both temperature and touch. It responds by recoiling towards the ceiling… much as real testes do! Hopefully, the testicles will also vibrate at your touch… and there may be some audio involved as well.
It is inspired by the real interactivity of the autonomic nervous system.
Materials: 1 DC motor, chicken wire, stretchy fabric, Arduino microcontroller, QT113 touch sensor, 2 vibrating motors, Daisy MP3 player from Make