Driving a DC motor from an Arduino.
Lots more electronics stuff on this site.
I liked the idea of these vinyl stickers for a house that helps create a little privacy, whilst also creating the pleasant illusion of a tree line for the neighbours.
One of the articles in Issue 28 of The Plug shows the results of tying a disposable camera to a bench in Atlanta, leaving it to strangers to fill the roll. The results show the street life around, friends, strangers, dogs. All kinds of stuff.
I don’t quite know what you’d call this research method, if it is one. Maybe a randomised ethnography? I’m not serious, but I do like this approach. We had an intern at the lab a couple of years ago from Dundee’s Innovative Product Design course called Murray Sim who had employed a range of these kind of approaches in the design of a park bench that you could send text message to. He left magnetic letters and magnetic poetry on one metal bench, for example.
From The Plug:
“I tied a disposable camera to a bench with a sign that read:
I attached this camera to the bench so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I’ll be back later this evening to pick it up.
Love, Jay / The Plug
When I retrieved the camera that night, I was happy to find that the entire roll of film had been shot. Below are the photos that were taken.”
14:10 – Being Human segment begins
14:49 – Interview with Gary Marsden begins
15:50 – Interview with Abi Sellen begins
19:40 – End of segment
“Digital Planet speaks to Abigail Sellen from Microsoft Research Cambridge, one of the authors of the report, about her work in designing a clock that tells where people are in real time; at home, at work or in transit.”
Here’s a link directly to the broadcast. I think. In typical BBC style it may “age gracefully” and not be available in a week or so.
Nothing beats a nice bit of tilt ‘n shift.