Petchey Academy - Power to the People Project #5: Creating Thermochromic Ink Interactive Art

 

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This was a collaborative project between four organization. Petchey Academy, Space Studios, Arts Catalyst and Codasign in London, UK

The project was developed as part of The Power of the People initiative by Space Studios. Codasign was brought in to provide the technology support over six weeks with the students. The students were enrolled in the school's product design class. We introduced Arduino and thermochromic ink to the students. We also designed and produced the printed circuit boards (PCB) with the students.

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The students conceived of creating a modular image where they each took ownership of a square. When all the squares were assembled a single image was formed. One of the students drew a skyline of London. Each student was assigned a square to draw their interoperation of their section. All the images were outline with black ink. The color was applied with the thermochromatic ink. The students also conceived and designed their own button for the their square of the image.

The student programmed Arduino with a RGB LED. The programed the color for their LED when the button was pressed.

The final project was a gridded image. Each square of the image of connected to a button. When the button was pressed a LED lit up on the button and the color thermochromatic ink was heated up and became transparent. The result is the only the black outline are left.

The final project was unveiled at The Power of People #5 exhibition at the The White Building on April 2, 2014.

flickr: petchey academy images


Arduino workshop with Lycée Eugène Livet

 

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The students of the Lycée Eugene Livet School, Nantes, France came for the second time to Space Studios as part of their annual London trip. Codasign designed a workshop for the students that combined Processing and Arduino. The school has a technology program that includes teaching Processing and Arduino. The students were a mix of experienced and newbies to both programs. There were two aims to the workshop: 1) teach how Processing and Ardunio can be used to together and 2) help the students understanding of the English centric coding language of both programs. There were two classes and the workshop was run over two days. One day for each class.

Codasign created an Etch-a-Sketch Project for the students to create. The project creating a drawing program in Processing and Ardunio to create the Physical Knobs to control the drawing on the screen. For more advanced students, who finished the project early, we introduced servos and piezos.

 

flickr: process etch-a-sketch images

 


Mobo Fashion

 

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Mobo Fashion Pod ran as part of Quest2Learn’s after school program.  Quest2Learn (Q2L) is a New York City Public School that is focused on the translation of the underlying form of games into a powerful pedagogical model for its 6-12th graders.

 

As Q2L’s after school program, Mobo Studio is an enrichment space designed to activate kids' curiosity about creativity, design, and mobile technologies. Mobo Studio utilizes a project-based, studio-like learning environment to inspire kids to explore new topics and hone new skills. With a focus on digital citizenship, design expertise and community engagement, Mobo Studio extends Q2L's focus on tinkering, problem-solving, designing, and inventing.

 

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Mobile Fashion Pod

I designed a mobile fashion curriculum for launch of Mobo Studio. I ran the Mobile Fashion Pod during the fall of 2009. The atmosphere of the pod was to create a professional environment. To reinforce the professional environment the following were put in place:

  • The students were referred to as “Fashion Professionals” (FP) by mentors and each other
  • At the first session, the FP drafted a code of conduct that was a series of guidelines that everyone signed.
  • Each session consulted the mentor and agreed on agenda that was written on the white board.
  • Each FP was assigned a task to ready the space for work: arranging tables, setting up sewing machines.
  • As new terms were introduced the FPs were encourage to use them as appropriate in conversation.
  • When conflict arose the FP came together as a group to devise a way to resolve the issue(s).

The Goals:

  • Participants be comfortable with technology: sewing machine, smartphones, building soft circuits
  • Learn industry terms regarding fashion and fashion industry
  • Concept, design, produce and user test products
  • Learn importance of collaboration and communication in the creative process

The Products:

  • Txt Scarf – A scarf with a pocket to store a phone or ipod so that the wearer could access the phone undetected. An added bonus is that it also served as a way to carry the phone when the user was wearing a dress without pockets.
  • Sema (QR) Code  Purse – A purse designed with an opening on one side to allow the camera lens of a phone to be accessible. This allowed user to take convert pictures or decipher sema-code posted in the environment. High tech passing notes.
  • LED bracelet – A felt bracelet that has three leds on it. The participants learn about how to control electricity in a circuit by prototyping on a breadboard. Then they build a soft circuit for the bracelet.

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Roles: Mentor and Curriculum Designer | 2009


Remember Me

Photos by: Rotem Tashach

Remember is an exploration of personal community. In this case the community is comprised of the mobile devices we carry with us everyday. The layers of technology that we tote around with us daily create a digital second skin. The jacket is a physical representation of this second skin and is wired to display the communication between our digital devices.

In this project we empower the objects to converse with each other through the use of Bluetooth. The conversation serves two purposes. The first goal is for the objects to stay in touch with each other. If one of the objects goes missing, leaves the conversation, the jacket will visually displays the disruption. The second goal is for the conversation to create a shield of digital noise that will prevent any attempt to access personal data.

Finally, the devices and the Jacket are equipped with physical switches. The LEDs on the jacket displays whether all the devices are connected or not. This function creates a physical security of the items.

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CuteCircuit Show: video by Megan MacMurray


Roles: Co-Designer and Co-Developer | 2006

Collaborators: Sonali Sridhar and Angela Pablo

Professor: Raffi Krikorian
Developed in Every Bit You Make at Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University.