For my Final Project I’ve been grouped with Nai-chen Yand and Carrie Zhang .
After couple hours of shooting, we end up with our final video.
During this process, we changed style of the video at least twice. In our first version we used just one song, playing constantly throughout the whole video also, we kept colors. Finally, in the final one we decided to remove colors and changed the music, adding a silent pause in the middle of the video.
Here’s our final effect:
That was a very nice and entertaining experience. I’ve learned a lot both in terms of using Adobe Premiere and … acting.
For my final project I paired up with Jesse. After long brainstorm we finally decided on creating a digital pin clock. We were inspired by a pin toy.
Our first idea was to create a ‘topographic mirror’ image using 3D pin sculpture and some sort of sensors to detect what was in front of the ‘mirror’. Because of the mechanical intricacies required to move each pin individually, and because of the cost of linear actuators we would probably have to use, we dropped that idea and came up with the clock concept.
The clock would work similar as a pin toy does. Just for the design we’d need 3 sheets of flat acrylic ( 2 for board, one to attach mechanism) many acrylic rods and multi colored LED lights.
Two sheets would hold the pins in place, and the third sheet would house the mechanism, which would actuate the pins forward and back to display time. Moreover, we decided on fitting multi-colored LEDs inside the pegs, so that they enhance the visual effect and the clarity of the time display.
We’ve already made our first small prototype, laser cutting wholes in 2 acrylic sheets and cutting few rods to mock up the clock dimensions. We still need to estimate the grid dimensions, the spacing between holes and the amount of holes in each row.
Our next step will be to decide how big the grid should be, we’ll have to determine peg spacing between holes.
Here’s how our initial schedule looks like:
finalize our concept;
determine peg spacing;
determine amounts of pegs;
get them to work;
determine power needs;
work with the code;
work withe the code;
work with the code ( LEDs part only);
order rest of materials;
finalize the sizing;
cutting the rods;
preparing to assemble;
coding – tests with servos;
Hopefully, everything’s gonna work well and we end up having a new, gorgeous clock for ITP.
Firstly, my Partner Anne and I considered making a physical object – a box of grass that moved as if being blown by the wind when people walked past. Then, after a brainstorm we both agreed to move the project to the screen.
It was a challenging task in terms of programming. That was the first time I had to use particle system.
I started with drawing a dandelion piece in Adobe Illustrator and saving it as a svg file. Then, I tried to loop it in few circles, just to create dandelion shape.
Then, after consultation with Moon, we decided to form dandelion pieces in one spiral.
While I was working on design and programming, Anne figured out a lot about the sensors.
At first, we purchased a PIR motion sensor, but it turned out to be way to sensitive. Then, we discovered the Distance Measuring Sensor which seemed perfect for our task, though we did not need to measure distance, because we were able to adjust the level of sensitivity.
She did a great job by getting sensors to work.
Also, I laser cut and etched the lid for our ‘sensor box’.
Finally, we connected both out works, and ended up with a beautiful final effect.