April 16th, 2008 by rbanks
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.
Lovely set. Not sure how these custom lego characters are done. I’ve seen a lot of them in the last year. Are these figures ever hand painted, or is the challenge that they are all done with real Lego parts?
My sister in law, Stephanie, is a brilliant songwriter, and a passionate participator in the democratic process, and the Democratic Party. She’s written the following song, “Yes We Can“, in support of Barack Obama. Really nice job, Stephanie.