December 12, 2017

This project focuses on the creation of an interactive art installation that conveys the story, in audible format, of the reduction in genome diversity as consequence of plant domestication. The plants featured in this work are:

1_ Rice

Wild rice ----------------------- Oryza barthii

Domesticated rice --------------- Oryza sativa

2_ Corn

Wild corn ----------------------- Teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis)

Domesticated corn -------...

December 4, 2017

This assignment involves creating an enclosure for a physical computing project and thus, serves as post for both of classes: fabrication & physical computing.

The chosen architecture for the enclosure is a wooden box of size 21.5 x 21.5 mm (8.5 x 8.5 inches) that I bought at AC Moore Art & Craft Store. What I found particularly interesting in this box was the capacity for sliding in a sheet of acrylic as it cover, giving me th...

November 12, 2017

In order to start materializing on the idea of building a Genome AudioPlayer, I focused my attention on prototyping all the stages involved first, with emphasis on having the technology work in phase 1, and focusing later on user testing during phase 2, and finally interface design and construction during phase 3 (Figure 1). 

Figure 1. Diagram depicting intended approach to develop version 1 of Genome AudioPlayer

As starting poi...

November 9, 2017

During class I had the opportunity to explain and user test the concept idea for final project on physical computing. I found it very useful and received several good suggestions that I summarized here.

# Laura Olavarria Gallegos who is also planning to build a musical box offered to help me in creating a pleasing sound composition from the experiment of genome sonification as she has experience composing musical pieces. From o...

November 7, 2017

Here I present the first draft of an idea to be realized as the final project for Introduction to Physical Computing class. I propose the creation of a physical interface for the manipulation of sounds derived from the sonification of specific sequence contexts contained in the DNA sequence of genes involved in the photoperiodic pathway of rice (Oryza sativa). This project extends previous works I've done in the field of GENOM...

As part of our work towards the mid-term project we explored the possibility to use a light-sensor interface to control the motion and the visual output of Kinect. The visual output was then projected on a custom-made screen.

Here is a short video of the setup without the interface (a box containing the Arduino board with the circuit configuration of a photoresistor) and with the computer monitor as the medium to display the im...

September 26, 2017

During class we discussed the use of analog sensors as means to obtain data stream from the environment that can be used to design interactive experiences. We also discussed the use of Arduino as computer, writing code to modify the behavior of hardware.

Here I describe the use of a phototransistor coupled to a piezo element to generate sound in response to changes in light conditions. I used this circuit configuration to exper...

September 19, 2017

Here I describe the implementation of the fist projects included on the Arduino's companion booklet as concrete examples of the topics learned and discussed in class during the second week. I familiarized myself with first concepts of electricity and electronics, physical computing and the Arduino platform. I ordered the supporting tools and parts needed to work as well. In addition to the Arduino starter kit, I also obtained...

September 10, 2017

The readings assigned for class are concerned with a 'workable' and 'practical' definition of interactivity and interaction design as conceived by Chris Crawford in his book 'The art of interactive design' (chapters 1 and 2); and with a critique to the futuristic vision of interaction design as exposed by Bret Victor on his essay titled 'A brief rant on the future of interaction design'

In the first case, Chris Crawford argum...

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