tactile-electronics

Sep 13

Grass as a Stroke Switch
Grass with a simple touch switch sensor to turn it into a stoke switch. At the moment it works in one direction. I’m going to make more so that when the grass from one pot comes into contact with any of the ones around it they will illuminate, either by being touched or blown in the wind.

Sep 13

Musial wallpaper Prototype
Using Soundplant, a MakeyMakey and conductive paint to make a rain cloud that plays sounds when touched. You have to touch the cloud - which is connected to ‘earth’ on the Makey Makey and whichever raindrop sound you want to play at the same time. For the next version each cloud might play a different sound, ideally I’d like to incorporate the speakers into the wallpaper.

Sep 13

Prototyping Musical Wallpaper
Using a Makey Makey, conductive paint and Soundplant to prototype an idea for wallpaper that plays sounds when touched. I’m working with artist & printmaker http://rhondanaconda.blogspot.co.uk/ to develop a series of wallpaper based on the weather.

http://soundplant.org
http://www.makeymakey.com
http://www.bareconductive.com

Aug 18

Light-up Sculptures with St Helens Family Art Club
We built paper circuits with LED’s and a light dependent resistor to make sculptures that which light up in the dark. The circuits were built on top of the instructions using copper tape and bare conductive paint so everyone could have go at making them. We then built the sculptures using different types and thicknesses of paper, cutting out patterns and using paper that had been laser cut with designs for the light to shine through.


http://www.heartofglass.org.uk/

http://www.platformartsthelens.co.uk/heart-of-glass.php
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126556268@N08/

Jul 30

Thermochromic ink on and conductive thread
Thermochromic ink painted as the leaves of a tree with conductive thread attached the back of paper to heat it and make the leaves disappear.

Jul 30

Piezo as a vibration sensor
I’ve been testing out using a Piezo as a vibration sensor so that I can use it to detect wind and movement in plants. I’ve adapted a circuit and the code from the Arduino ‘Knock’ tutorial to work on a ATTiny85 to make the circuit smaller. The piezo can be made very sensitive by altering the code - here its sensitive enough that it works when I blow through a straw onto it - I did this to see if it would be sensitive enough to pick up on light wind / breeze outside.

http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Knock
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/tiny-avr-programmer-hookup-guide/attiny85-use-hints

Jul 17

Trying out ideas for light-up paper sculptures.
I’ve been trying out different ideas for a paper sculptures workshop - the sculptures will light up in the dark (using the circuit from my last post). I’m going to use different thicknesses and types of paper but also paper that has been laser cut and hand cut to cast shadows and patterns.

Jul 15

Paper Circuit turns an LED on in the Dark
Testing out a paper circuit for a workshop - the circuit uses a light dependent resistor to switch an LED on in the dark. The circuit is going to be used as part of paper sculptures which will light up in the shade or when the sensor (a light dependent resistor) is covered. I’ve used copper tape and ‘bare’ conductive paint to make the connections. The LED looks lot brighter out out of direct sunlight.


The circuit I’ve used is based on this Instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dark-Activated-Night-Light/

Bare Conductive Paint
http://www.bareconductive.com/

Vibration Motors with Arduino 
I recently took part in the  Urban Media Lab at IMAL in Brussels.  I was working with Sam Jones and Neil Winterburn creating a haptic belt for Sam’s SuperForager project.  Here the motors are hooked up to the arduino and a motor driver.  Later we used a compass module to control the motors, triggering them to indicate north.  We based out design on this instructable:  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Tactile-Feedback-Compass-Belt/
Jul 3

Vibration Motors with Arduino
I recently took part in the Urban Media Lab at IMAL in Brussels. I was working with Sam Jones and Neil Winterburn creating a haptic belt for Sam’s SuperForager project. Here the motors are hooked up to the arduino and a motor driver. Later we used a compass module to control the motors, triggering them to indicate north. We based out design on this instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Tactile-Feedback-Compass-Belt/

Makey Makey Leaf Piano

Trying out a makey makey using garageband to make a leaf piano where each leaf triggers a different piano key  using ‘musical typing’ in garageband.  the leaves could be programmed to make different sounds by using soundplant.  

Resources & linkshttp://makeymakey.com/howto.php
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/makey-makey-quickstart-guide
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/makey-makey-advanced-guide/introduction
https://dlnmh9ip6v2uc.cloudfront.net/tutorialimages/MaKey_MaKey_QuickStart/makey_makey_1_4_1.zip
http://soundplant.org/
May 23

Makey Makey Leaf Piano

Trying out a makey makey using garageband to make a leaf piano where each leaf triggers a different piano key using ‘musical typing’ in garageband. the leaves could be programmed to make different sounds by using soundplant.

Resources & links
http://makeymakey.com/howto.php
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/makey-makey-quickstart-guide
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/makey-makey-advanced-guide/introduction
https://dlnmh9ip6v2uc.cloudfront.net/tutorialimages/MaKey_MaKey_QuickStart/makey_makey_1_4_1.zip
http://soundplant.org/