Category: Physical Computing

SurveillAnts

Introduction: This collaboration is inspired by a deep interest in the way people perceive non-human animals and questioning the similarities that can be drawn between humans and all living creatures. Leslie Ruckman and I created SurveillAnts, as a means to provoke people’s curiosity about non-human life, emergent intelligence, and systemic patterns. We wish to evoke

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Ants – Blob Ditection & New House

Based on the illustration that was depicted on a previous post we have finally built our first prototype. Realising the ants in their new house can be seen in the following video.   Blob detection: We Tested our tracking methods and the impact of materials.   In order to improve our tracking, we used black dots

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Ant’s interaction – PROTOTYPE

After getting our ants and AntFarm from Amazon, we let them acclimate to their new habitat. The following video depicts the ants while digging their tunnels.   In order to track the ants, we had to have a wider horizontal view on them. Therefore, moving them into a wide plastic box was our next step. Several Ant

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Bill of Materials and Scedual

This week Leslie and I developed and narrowed down our ideas regarding the ants interaction (see also ICM final proposal). The main plan for this week is to track the ants, using web camera, in order to accumulate data on their behavior. Observing them will assist us in drawing more ideas regarding the interaction. Therefore, before

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Ant’s interaction

Leslie and I are working together on the ‘Ants Interaction’ project. We are trying to figure out what is our leading concept. We already have an ant farm model and the ants intend to arrive tomorrow morning (only workers, without a queen). Since we would use a large-scale ant farm that would include a queen, the

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Final project concept – Ants

I am very interested in how we, as humans, use other animals as a tool in order to experiment and to accumulate more knowledge about our world. Many different kinds of animals (and organisms) are being used as a research tool in labs (bats, mice etc,). Recently, I became interested in ants. Ant is a unique organism especially

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Button Jungle – Midterm

For the midterm, my partner was David Lockard. Our original idea was to create some kind of potentiometer/sensor/button interface which would tie into an on-screen visual representation. The first idea that guided us was a sort of Pcomp kaleidoscope. Then we took the idea – changes in the physical interface would result in changes in

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FIRST CONTACT: THE ARDUINO-P5.JS SUMMIT

David and I decided that for our midterm project we’d hook up a series of potentiometers and sensors to a p5.js sketch, which will display various looping visual elements. These elements’ properties will react to the various changes in the input and hopefully, some sort of beautiful abstract dance of shapes will emerge. Here is a work

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Vibrations (last updated on October 6)

Creating patterns using sound waves was what lead me to this project. I used the following schema in order to create the circuit.   At first, Aaron helped me to build this circuit, afterwards, I recreated the circuit myself.   You are invited to see how I made the enclosure.   UPDATE (Oct 6): Adding a

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