Week 2 – All the fresh water (knowledge) one can find

  Since last week I fairly quickly focused on ideas (one of which I couldn’t really couldn’t get my mind off of), I thought I should take a step back. So, I tried to do much more reading about fresh water in general – situations happening in the world, and see if anything else caught […]

Week 1: Always On, Want to be disconnected

  I admit to being as attached to my phone as anyone else. My pocket feels bare without it, I check it habitually, without even consciously thinking about it, and when I have downtime, it generally feels like I have to use my phone…without it there is borderline anxiety. But I think I’m a bit […]

Week 1 – Fresh Water

  I’ve dug around through the references on our course syllabus, and from there began forming ideas or at least curiosities about fresh water. Fresh water is such a very vague concept that affects so many elements of human behavior, economical stability, sustainability, etc. It’s been tremendously altered world wide by climate change, damming, extracting, […]

A look at the Accelorometer

  As much as I’d like to get my mind off of the sensor I’ve used for my physical computing final, it makes sense to investigate and discuss the accelerometer. It has both allowed me to realize my idea for my final project, but has also been the bane of my existence.   I’m using […]

Beatwalker – Post for Final Presentation

Beatwalker provides the soundtrack of your life through dynamically changing music that responds, in real time, to your movements.   We fantasize about what the soundtrack of our lives would sound like: often times a beautifully crafted orchestra that reflects our daily activities not unlike a film’s musical score. Beatwalker realizes this aspiration for the […]

Beatwalker – user testing

User questions for tomorrow: 1) What sensation are you getting when you put it on? 2) How do you expect the interaction to begin? 3) Do you wish it would play off of other movements more? Without being more intrusive. 4) Was the volume OK?   (See previous blog post for full update).  

Beatwalker – Updates

Beatwalker is coming along swimmingly! The synth shield, the Fluxamasynth, has worked quite well. There’s been a learning curve for coding music with it, and the delay function to incorporate beats was a large hurdle as it was interfering with other processes, but I have the individual elements working and now I just need to […]

The Twitter Universe

  The Twitter Universe project was a struggle to make come together. I delved into learning about a very complicated and hard to parse API, Twitter, without maybe having the technical ability to do so. It was a learning experience, but mostly it was frustrating. I went back and forth from Processing libraries Twitter4J, to […]

Beatwalker – System Diagram and update

  This has been the craziest week of my life, so I didn’t make the advancements I would’ve wanted, but here is my system diagram:   This was a helpful exercise to think about the different points where the interaction is going to change, and the exact outcome. I know the variable I need to […]

P-Comm final – progress, BOM, timeline

  It was a busy week of ordering my parts, and a slow week of waiting for them to send. I read the manual on the prized item, the Fluxamasynth Shield, but until it arrives, I can’t get to figuring out how this song can be put together, thus forming the ideas of what I […]