AIIA ICT Industry Night

AIIA ICT Industry Night

Last night I went to the AIIA Industry Night at RMIT Storey Hall to help present a Computer Science project I was involved with on the Product Development side. Coming from an Industrial Design background I was impressed with how well the school of Computer Science & IT directly engages with industry players, I met […]

Using Xbee with Arduino Yún

Using Xbee with Arduino Yún

Came across an issue today when upgrading a project I’m currently working on to make use of an Xbee + Arduino Yún stack instead of an Xbee + Arduino Uno stack and found that the solution wasn’t very apparent online. I thought I’d post a short writeup here. Special thanks to Bo for solving this […]

Design Play Cards at National Gallery of Victoria

Design Play Cards at National Gallery of Victoria

The Design Play Cards are going to be exhibited in the NGV as part of the #melbournenow exhibition, which runs from November 22, 2013 up until March 23, 2014. Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne. This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition […]

How to send multiple variables from Processing to Arduino

How to send multiple variables from Processing to Arduino

I wanted to be able to send a set of 4 integers to an Arduino from a Processing application that I am working on, I also wanted to be able to prefix the set with a tag, so that I could deal with different sets of integers in specific ways, for specific purposes. For instance, […]

Make a custom USB button pad [Pt III]

Make a custom USB button pad [Pt III]

In my previous posts I was modifying a traditional plastic-housed USB Keyboard that had a chip inside it like the one below: These contact points had to be scraped or sanded clean in order to solder to them, however scraping them made them quite thin on the surface and therefor quite brittle. The chips inside […]

Getting ready for User Testing

Getting ready for User Testing

I am user testing my interactive instrument tomorrow. I have four participants coming in throughout the day, all of them musicians, each with varying modes of musical expression ranging from more new school beat-makers to borderline analog purists. I am excited to see what they do with the device and whether they could see it […]

Make a custom button pad for Raspberry Pi [Pt II]

Make a custom button pad for Raspberry Pi [Pt II]

In my previous post I was using a testing cable with an alligator clip on one end and a probe on the other, shorting the circuit board that I took out of a cheap USB Keyboard. The small distance between each contact point made using the alligator clip awkward and prone to bridging nearby contacts. […]

Make a custom button pad for Raspberry Pi [Pt I]

Make a custom button pad for Raspberry Pi [Pt I]

I needed a button matrix to use as an interface for a new digital instrument that I’m making as part of my undergraduate major project. Something like the monome would probably work quite well, but I cannot justify being lazy and paying for one when I feel like I could probably hack some existing things […]

Generative Art & Interaction Design

Generative Art & Interaction Design

I find generative art to be a strange concept.   I feel the concept is at best too broad in that it would essentially describe all Art and at worst too narrow in that it describes only certain artistic movements in which a generative approach is apparent at a surface level.   Marius Watz: Three […]

Displaying webcam video on Raspberry Pi using pygame

Displaying webcam video on Raspberry Pi using pygame

Another small exploratory project related to my undergraduate Major Project had me trying to stream video onto a small 3.5″ TFT LCD display using a webcam connected to a Raspberry Pi mini computer.   Firstly, not all USB webcams work with the Raspberry Pi, so after trying randomly to find a working webcam I discovered […]

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