1. The binary glove teaches concepts of binary sequences and bits in a fun and engaging way. Each finger represents a bit value in a simple binary sequence: 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16. Pressure sensors in the ends of each finger register each bit as on or off. The sum of each active bit is displayed on the glove along with a visual representation of the current sequence. 5 bits allow the wearer to create any number from 0 to 31 on one hand.

    The glove has a learning mode for experimentation and play. Each number combination plays a different tone. Once the wearer is comfortable with the system they can activate a game mode and test their skills. A random number from 0 to 31 is displayed and the user is timed to see how fast they can create the correct bit sequence.

    Simple interactive exercises like these teach useful concepts that might otherwise appear too abstract for some students. Once the skill is learned and the pattern recognized, further learning poses fewer obstacles for the visual learner.

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  2. Two machines take turns trying to guess each others next guess.

    Each box is equipped with a matrix of 16 A/C light bulbs that are used as a display. Inside each box there is a micro controller that’s able to control each light bulb discretely and communicate with the other box over serial connection. The two microcontrollers are playing a game with each other.

    To find out more about this project, including code and technical details checkout the home page:

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  3. Sigh v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sighed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sighing}.]
    1. To inhale a larger quantity of air than usual,
    and immediately expel it; to make a deep single
    audible respiration, especially as the result or
    involuntary expression of fatigue, exhaustion,
    grief, sorrow, or the like.
    [1913 Webster]

    A home monitoring system that measures and 'collects' sighs. The result is a physical visualization of the amount of sighing, for personal use in a domestic environment.

    The project is in two parts. The first part is a stationary unit, which inflates a large red air bladder upon receiving the appropriate signal. The second part is a mobile unit, worn by the user, which monitors breathing (via a chest strap) and communicates a signal to the stationary unit wirelessly when a sigh is detected.

    Part of a series called "Measures of Discontent", from my MFA work at UCLA's department of Design and Media Arts

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  5. Interactive spinny, glowy thing made using projection mapping, realtime graphics and a sensor.


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