Crafting Material Interfaces

Arduino Piano code

Code for the capacitive sensing piano shown in this video:

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Fantastic Mr. Fox!

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Woven Sensors and Simulation


As part of my final project, and in working from the same warp as the Thermochromic Upholstery,  I was interested in developing a series of textiles whose sensing capabilities are inherent in the construction of the material. In the final working sample, I used a construction called deflected double weave, which allows for areas of conductive warp and weft to ‘float’ over each other instead of weave together.r. By inserting Velostat between these layers, a series of pressure sensors was created. For the descriptions in Grasshopper, I used Firefly to simulate when pressure is applied to the material. Firefly is a Grasshopper plug in which links modeling and Arduino, allowing for interactive prototyping. Read the rest of this entry »

Breathing Lantern

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Clay craft kit


According to the Labor Department’s Workplace projections for 2018, nine of the 10 fastest-growing occupations that require at least a bachelor’s degree will require significant scientific or mathematical training. Some of the largest increases will be in engineering- and computer-related fields in which women currently only hold one-quarter or fewer of the jobs. Gender differences in self-confidence in STEM subjects start in middle school and increase thereafter. Thus the years from middle school to high school are the prime time to initiate interest for females in the STEM subjects. Researches also show that cultural factors, rather than a lack of aptitude or intrinsic interest make subjects such as computer science or engineering less appealing to young women. For my final project, I hopes to create a craft kit that will engages young women in computing/engineering projects that are more relevant to them. It will serve as a non-intimidating channel for young women to gain hands-on experience while building something beautiful, expressive, and useful that they can share with their family and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Modular Pnuematic Facade System (MPFS)

By Daekwon Park and Woongki Sung

Modular Pneumatic Façade System (MPFS), attempts to juxtapose key characteristics of biological design (modularity, robustness, homeostasis, and adaptive) with smart technologies (material, sensor, actuation, and control) in order to create a kinetic façade system that respond and interact with its environment in real-time. Read the rest of this entry »

Thermochromic Textiles

Dena Molnar and Nicole Tariverdian

Question:What role can textiles and interiors play in informing us about exterior conditions?
Goal: To create a series of textiles that are augmented by exterior conditions like weather or temperature.

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Towards the Training of Nitinol, the execution thereof, and subsequent integration into paperish artifacts of various kinds.

Sam Jacoby

Nitinol, an alloy of nickel and titanium, has some wild phase-change properties. Beneath a certain threshold temperature, the atoms align in such a fashion, as to make the metal soft and ductile. Once heated, though, the alloy moves out of this martensite phase, and into a rigid austentite phase. “Training” nitinol sets this austentite phase, allowing the metal to return to a specific configuration whenever the metal is heated.

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Interactive Plaques (“I will always be with you”)


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Magnetic Loading of Wood

By Oz and Timothee
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