Love the internet as much as me? Maybe you’ll like these: I collect CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) images and recreate them in acrylic. They’re for sale, buy some art! They’re named (top to bottom) lisp, YFHWR, and qGphJD, respectively. Each is on a 5×7 canvas on a wooden stretcher and signed on the back.
I’ve been working with Leah Buechley’s LilyPad Arduino, and in true embroidery sampler fashion, have composed this circuit to see what I could do. The embroidery uses traditional floss and techniques mixed with lights and sounds generated by the onboard software. The amount of light sensed by the sensor changes the speed and pitch of the lights and sounds generated. Move your shadow or hand over it to experience the changes. Upcoming will be an exciting collaboration with Collin Cunningham to make it make more interesting sound. For the time being the circuit is open source inasmuch as the traces are visible on the surface of the embroidery. This piece narrowly evaded being lost in my luggage on the return flight from Maker Faire; at the last minute I decided to carry it on. More info is back at Sternlab.
I’m working on a series of these knitted interfaces for electronic devices. They’re a criticism of how engrossed we are in our technological artifacts, even to the point of self-harm through RSI and related disorders. Now you, too, can make yourself a laptop wooly jumper for privacy, concentration, warmth, and style, since the FAT Lab is all about open source, and nothing says hip-hop like a laptop sweater tutorial. Plans for future devices include a cellphone-arm-head interface, iPod/DS/PSP/BBerry-to-face interface, a TV remote-hand interface, among others. Suggestions are welcome.
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