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Category Archives: Masters Project

After several more rounds of user testing with my kits, I’ve developed a few more to-dos and overall conclusions: 1. The participants needed a lot of guidance and direct instruction to complete the kits. The written materials were very supplementary, although most participants did follow along with them. Given the amount of reassurance and encouragement […]

Over the past few days, I’ve had the privilege of teaching groups of adults how to use both the Arduino and Gemma. I worked one-on-one, in a large group, and a small group. There were some really striking common denominators, whether I used the kits that I created or commercially available Arduino kits. Breadboards are […]

Over the past few weeks I’ve been busily trying to determine what materials should actually be used in these kits. I’d taken for granted that an Arduino Uno would be involved, but after some feedback from my research group, I started to consider using something more like an ATTiny and essentially making the kit about […]

The focus of my project has changed a bit in the last several months. I’m now working on a physical computing kit specifically for senior citizens. Although I’ll probably write a separate post about why I made this change, I will say that there are some really interesting studies on technology and participatory design with […]

My excellent boyfriend got me this nifty kit from Bleep Labs for my birthday and I’m super-excited to put it together and start annoying him with noise!

My advisor has suggested doing some kind of sound input for this project, instead of switches or potentiometers. I’m not totally sold on this because I think anything with sound runs the risk of getting lumped into the “sonification ghetto.” I also had some ideas that ran in a completely different direction.  On the other […]

One idea that I can’t quite get out of my head is to hack a Walkman. It’s one of those cheap electronic devices that people are tossing and I really think there’s a lot of potential in the revolving parts. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any tutorials that do what I’m envisioning, although this thing is […]

This is a nifty little board that can be programmed in the Arduino environment. It’s basically an Arduino with a bunch of pre-installed components, like LEDs, a Piezo buzzer, potentiometer, phototransistor. Very handy for those of us who struggle to compute resistance. This is probably too pricey to use with my project (it’s around 50 […]

This isn’t really much of anything, aside from me experimenting with different materials.   Very high creep factor, though. Basically, I’m currently thinking through different frames/shells to build on. I’ve always liked the idea of using familiar objects and cyborg-ing them, rather than creating some pile of metal and wires. This crazy doll concept reminds […]

via http://myrobotlab.net/tutorial-hack-a-toy-for-your-first-arduino-project/   Tutorial : Hack a toy for your first Arduino project