Posts Tagged ‘physical computing’

Mortiz Waldemeyer LED Wearables Olympics

August 23, 2012

Waldemeyer Olympics


Magnetic Levitation

June 1, 2009

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.

Really Good Relay Reference Links

May 30, 2009

Understanding Relays from
Relays on Wikipedia
Reed Relays and Switches From Coto
Reed Relay at Mouser

Intro to EAGLE and laying out PCBs

October 13, 2008

Printed Circuit Board Layout

Getting Started in Eagle Tutorial – Step by Step

Building Circuits for Strip Boards using EAGLE

Teste Touch Gets Some Press

May 15, 2008

We are really happy with the positive response we got from our piece. The post written about us on Gizmodo got almost 15000 hits on our first two days! The comments people wrote were hilarious. Some of the links to blogs posts about the Testes are listed below.






Artist Statement for Teste Touch

May 4, 2008

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.

Some Nice Circuit Pics from Testy Touch

April 29, 2008

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.

Pics from the new Pasta Cycle

April 17, 2008

Teste Touch – it starts

April 16, 2008

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

Freddy in a Tree

April 15, 2008

Freddy Sitting in a blooming tree at 4am on Saturday, April 12