a blog for the Spring '09 Arduino class at KCAI

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Sunday, May 10, 2009

He seems surprised that this works...

Me too! He made tactile sensors out of pennies and popsicle sticks...Bravo, sir.


Arduino the Cat, Breadboard the Mouse and Cutter the Elephant from hmt on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

sexy robot women

Meggy Jr RGB

It's like the lite-brite of programmable LED matrices! It's available at www.adafruit.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Lumarca Vid1 from Matt Parker on Vimeo.

3D projection using only a projector, a computer, and string. nuts. open source, with code and construction directions, build your own.

graffiti artists are getting lazy

this is kinda cool for the low tech materials being used.

color cycling leds

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ping Pong Fun!

This guy  made a hearing game out of an arduino, now you can play ping pong with out much effort.

FW: ITP Thesis Week

Tune in!

visit http://itp.nyu.edu/thesis and watch the live stream!

and join the chat!

Midori Yasuda
Admissions, Special Events, Alumni Coordinator
Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York NY 10003

Tuesday, April 28, 2009



Monday, April 27, 2009


Welcome to a new metal-lennium!



Peggy 2.0

Perhaps this is mesmerizing because I'm tired.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

online interaction

spotlight tracks people and then shoots and audio stream at them that says random things.

and heres a link to interact with the piece, but i am not sure if it is currently up and running.


Thursday, April 23, 2009


Pinguino. Arduino in Python, based on a PIC chip. The IDE converts all the Arduino code into actual C code, using less space on the chip, and running faster. better USB support.

Hacking Lab

and on Medialab Prado

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MIT Media Labs Physical/Cyber Drawing

I found this little baby out, it creates virtual blobby forms in physical space, with full manipulation and...well just watch it HERE.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Led Growing Lamp

"for Plants"

Arduino Drum Machine

Human size reactable

well kinda, but what if you did make a giant reactable and put the patterns on your shoes...eh..ehhhh.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


OASIS from yunsil heo on Vimeo.

By Yunsil Heo and Hyunwoo Bang

Saturday, April 18, 2009

That's from my friend in Spain.

bri 2.0

at the bottom are several links like this one, that are very cool to surf you will find very beautiful stuff like that.
And by the way Spain has good places like Medialab or the master of digital arts, that my friend did. I don't know how spanish you need to know but it's easy to learn specially in country like spain and more in Barcelona or Madrid and studying is CHEAP overseas. hasta pronto amigos.

So that's what you can do with Arduino, too.

That's what these guys wrote...

Death Machine Final Evolution is the epitome of a home security device (with limitless applications). The latest in a series of Arduino programmed pojectile launchers, Death Machine F.E. fuses a trio of servo motors, a Nerf gun, and a makeshift control panel (two potentiometers and a push button) to ultimately perfect a pennetrating application of engineering technology. Mounting a Nerf sniper rifle on a rotating platform (bolted to a tripod) allows for a two dimensional rotational axis of over 100 degrees. This base motor is synched with a corresponding potentiometer for user control. A second servo motor was tied to one end of the platform, enabling the gun to adjust vertically for an optimal aiming experience. This servo is similarly linked to a potentiometer. The final trigger servo employs hybrid programing for an clean, smooth shot.

Friday, April 10, 2009


RICHARD BOX stuck 1301 tubes in the dirt under an electrical pylon carrying 400,000 volts. literally using the Earth as a "ground", the tubes lit up using only dispersed radiant electricity from the overhead lines.


Superfluid vs Particle from jimi hertz on Vimeo.

This is definitely my favorite TUIO project I've seen. I strongly suggest you turn off the video's sound, and turn on something like My Bloody Valentine, Boards of Canada, Nadja, Servile Sect, Ben Frost, etc. although the Masked User's actions will be incongruent with such a soundscape. Anyone want to help me build one of these?

E-Static Shadows

these fabric/LED walls make shadow mirrors of what goes past them by sensing your body's ambient static

full site

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Uses tilt switches and PIR sensors (Passive Infared).

musical cards go speaker box!

Light up Coffee Table

Lightbulb to LED thing

here's something that looks like it wouldn't blow my mind too much to try to do.

Monday, April 6, 2009

phil sterns

Phil Stearns / AANN :: a STEIM residency project report ::
" AANN is a strange geometric looking jumble of electronic components held together by many meticulously formed pieces of various gauge bare bus wire, interconnected by crisscrossing webs of warm colored insulated wire." -phil

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

First Mega Project

Tom Igoe, who wrote Physical Computing and Making Things Talk, and teaches at Tisch ITP, set up the first Mega project I've seen yet. controlling 128 LED's to play pong with two potentiometers. On Make, with videos. and here is a link to Tom's description of the project, the code is kind of insane.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

virtual "tunnel" from New York to London

Live streaming between London and New York

Saturday, March 28, 2009


HOLY CRAP. it's the Arduino MEGA. 54 freakin digital I/O's, 16 analog inputs, jesus.

rest of the info here.

buy it here. Come on, it's only $65.

oh and Arduino IDE 0015 is released. hard to keep up these days.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Processing Snakes by flight404

so it ain't Arduino, but all you animators will probably get a kick out of this. the code problem is crazy, getting the snakes to pass over each other.

Animation of 3D snakes made in Processing

Snake Study from flight404 on Vimeo.

a complete project description, including coding problems, is at the barbarian group blog.

flight404 blog. don't get lost, tons of Processing related goodness.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


If any of you are interested in Wearables, be sure to take a look at the Mediamatic Arduino-Wearables page. There are several useful links there, including the LilyPad Adruino and the SparkLab Website.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Tscherenkows Traum by Eno Henze

really wish I could find some video....

I Want You To Want Me

great project by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar commissioned by the MoMA that uses openFrameworks and several other applications.

Arduino KEYTAR!!

on Make

Monday, March 23, 2009

Battle Bots

Big backlog of stuff

Wild Life by Karolina Sobecka
A projection on buildings and scenery from a moving car. The speed of the animation, and therefore the tiger's gait, is determined by the speed of the car.

Snow Mirror by Daniel Rozin

Interactive Mirror - Lit Studios and Interference Inc.

Interactive Dance Floor

LED Clothing

LED Music Tubes

LED sheep art.

art? I don't know, but its still pretty sweet.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


ofxMSAPhysics v2 from Memo Akten on Vimeo.

programming madman Memo Akten does it again.

check out his other videos, too. This guy has done some insane stuff, quartz composer, processing, open frameworks, interactive body-scale user interfaces, you name it.

and here's his website, complete with code and descriptions.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

STRP Festival

STRP Festival in Eindhoven

Hey let's all hurry up and get tickets to Eindhoven.

from Synthetic Times - Media Art China 2008

OP_ERA: Sonic Dimension is an immersive and interactive installation designed as a music box.

The box is a black, open cube (three walls of 3x3m each) filled with hundreds of visually identical violin-like strings. Tuned with the specific tension, each virtual string vibrates with a visual-sound frequency (light and sound waves) that varies according to its relative position and mode of interaction.

In OP_ERA: sonic dimension there are two modes of interaction. In the first case, the input interface is a set of microphones that collect the user’s sounds. When a microphone picks up a sound, the software analyses, filters and converts it into equivalent visual outputs, frequencies vibrating as strings.

In the second case, the input interface is an array of sensors. Used to detect the user’s position this interface allows the system to interpret any action as a gravitational force. For example, when the user points to a string set, the action not only vibrates the selected strings, but it also changes the shape of space-time.

The aim of this project is to research the geometry of sonic spaces and to develop sonic interfaces.

Programming: Victor Gomes
Support: ATOS, Industrial Automation Ltd. - CLP (hardware and software)

Daniela Kutschat Hanns
(* 1964) is an artist and body-space and digital systems researcher. She develops multisensorial interfaces and interactive environments and investigates adaptative and behavior controlled systems. Doctor in Arts [Escola de Comunicações e Artes / Universidade de São Paulo , 2002], she is linked to the Planetary Collegium and to the Emergent Processes Research Group- CNPQ, Brazil. Presently she is a Professor in the Master of Design Program at Centro Universitário SENAC, São Paulo, Brazil.

Rejane Cantoni
is an artist and new technologies researcher who develops human-machine interfaces within immersive interactive environments. She is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Program on Film, Radio and TV at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. and Master in Communication and Semiotics from the Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil and a Master from the Program of Études Supérieures des Systèmes d'Information from Geneva University, Switzerland. She was assistant dean and professor of the Mathematics, Physics and Technology Faculty of Catholic University of São Paulo.


Swarm from Blendid on Vimeo.
This is a registration of Swarm ( blendid.nl/swarm ), an interactive installation created for the exhibition "Re-ACT" / Interactive Light Art at 'Centrum Kunstlicht in de Kunst' (Centre Artificial light in Art) in Eindhoven.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Best bar in the world!

a fully interactive bar that somehow brings you drinks to you.  This is the best bar ever! Its too much fun

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

James Clar

LED Badass,

youtube video

Personal Website James Clar, also has a TON of other pieces he has done.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


There is video of it moving in his arms and then crying when he sets it down, a little bizzaro, not much less creepy than Furby.

Monday, March 9, 2009


Janet Cardiff and George Millers Killing Mcahine

Just a taste of my artist report for right now.

Clayton Skidmore

l o v i d

ah yes okay. these people are neat. you should check out their website because my presentation will not do them justice. a m a z i n g

p.s. jen aniston = bri. sucky it is i don't know how to change into bri.

Falling Girl

Scott Snibbe's most recent work.

Falling Girl

Carsten Nicolai

Wicked interactive art sculptures.

check out polylit, the see through sculpture. .

Sunday, March 8, 2009

artist, for presentation

electronic based mathematician artist Jim Campbell

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Voice Modulators?!


I'd like to be able to write programs to change my voice in real time. If I can do that, I'll probably never use my real voice again.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009



asimo best friend!


I want to shoot my self in the eye!!! He stole my idea, screw collective consciousness!
I love you carl jung!


Beat bearing

Come to TOT and LOTS first show and check out our homemade beat happening!!
April 10th Irving Amphitheater 7 pm

Monday, March 2, 2009

Lego Robot with Arduino

Robot Scorpion

Made using a series of twitch motors. would be pretty easy to make it controllable by using a series of servo motors and an arduino.

Twitchie Scorpion from make magazine on Vimeo.

Daniel Rozin, Peg Mirror

Exhibited for the first time at bitforms gallery, Daniel Rozin's "Peg Mirror" comprises 650 circular wooden pieces that are cut on an angle. Casting shadows by twisting and rotating in unison, wooden pegs forming concentric circles surround a small central camera. The mirrored image produced in this work is activated by software authored by Rozin that processes video signals and breaks up imagery geometrically, seemingly pixel by pixel. The silently moving wood components in this piece flicker like jewels or coins in the spotlight, challenging our notions about what constitutes a "digital object".

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Spectropia by Toni Dove

Toni Dove's project Spectropia is a freakishly huge interactive video project which incorporates all original video and programming. This project started in the late 1998 and is still being developed. Throughout her progress Dove has exhibited individual series of the project in art galleries, museums and schools across the US and Europe. Below is part of this project which shows a character's dance in the film as choreographed by the viewer's own motion.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


This is a computer that is set up to read, report, print and shred smap emails.


"Spamtrap" - watch the video


ass draggers

row the damn thing

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

any sound dorks out there like me?..

this seems like a fairly simple mechanism, programming/code also appears relatively decipherable; probably similar to what Loud Noises does in their performances.

Nintendo DS working with Arduino

this one is dedicated to clayton and francis. seems kind of uneccessary, but still pretty cool.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Devil toys

scary toys with LED eyes using microcontroller


I See Beats

I See Beats from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.

‘I See Beats’ is an interactive installation by Kyle McDonald. It is a beat sequencer where you’ll need a few people with mobile phones to create a sound. You have to hold up your phone with the screen lit, a webcam tracks your position and puts your phone on the sequencer grid.

Walking Arduino

building blocks

also check out the same setup with an accelerometer

Fiber Arduino (Sort of)

The LilyPad is an Arduino Board made for implementing into clothing. For instance, there is a project tutorial on the "Build Something!" page for a Turn Signal Hoodie which uses LED's implemented into a sweatshirt to create a visible signaling tool for bicylers.


Oh, the possibilities!

Siftables were developed at the MIT MediaLab. This project exhibits some really interesting ways that objects can interact with each other.

as a note: Those of you interested in wireless technologies should do some thorough reading about fitting a bluetooth device to your arduino board.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Some mapping by one of our own...

Eric Souther

Can't get enough of this guy...

Color Gun

If that last one didn't count I think this one will. It's kinda dumb, but also kinda funny. He did this with a Wii remote too.

Eliasson's "Ventilator"

You might recognize the name, Olafur Eliasson has been getting a lot of press this last year. This is a really simple piece, i don't know how electronic it is, but i think it's interactive and really beautiful too. Just a reminder that things don't have to get too complicated with all this technology. Enjoy


Oh boy, a whole archive of stuff to do with your Arduino. Check it out!

Edit: Woops, there's already a link to the website, but now it's all in front of you.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

ball waves

kinetic sculpture

Check this out it looks really sweet.  I'm not too sure how they did it but the illusion it creates looks amazing.  Might give people some ideas.

Abigail Stiers

She also has a piece where an arduino is stitched into her clothing and takes a picture everytime her heartbeat is over 120 bpm. This piece has mirrors on the ground and shining them upwards triggers video that will play on the mirror and follow it around.

loud objects

yall have probably heard of these guys before, they played at the harrison fort a while back. just cool electronics and noise stuff, fun things on the website.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Some old school and newmschool from Christian Moeller

I found Christian Moeller on this webpage vvork. It is a very interesting webpage for art in general.
Oldschool but Coolschool would be for me the Light Blaster: Immaterial Membrane. (faster youtube version) It's only from the 90ties, should be 80ies. It's probably Arduino free.

Newer is do not touch (youtube version).A little gimmicky but funny. As well as Nosy.

Hack a Day

Hey, this website deals alot with DIY electronics, and some arduino stuff its worth a look at, they also post ideas for projects they haven't done yet, somewhat like a challenge.

Hack a Day

Monday, February 16, 2009

Clayton's MAKE knowledge

Pleasant Plants

by means of a theremin and an arduino, touching the plants makes them sing.  

i do not understand- BUT i like it.  though, i'm not sure if plants like fancy hands sticking their ways in between their leaves.

Distance Sensor

This guy was building a robot and wanted a way that others could visually tell they were to close.  He hooked a distance sensor up to an arduino and LED and went to town.  Green means you are a safe distance away, yellow is a cautionary warning, a red signals the robot to move away .  Here is a short youtube video of him testing it.

Laser Harp

The WiiMote front sensor has been modified to track 532nm light, rather than the normal IR.

Software on the PC converts the information from the WiiMote into MIDI controller data - this is merged (using MIDIOX and MIDI-Yoke) with the trigger pulses coming from the harp and fed to the impOSCar synth.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I'm not quite sure what this guy uses for some of these pieces, but there interesting none the less.

and may also be of interest to anyone in the jitter class too.


Sleep Tracker

Sorry there is no video... but the concept I think is cool

This woman used an accelerometer as a motion censor to track how often she rolled when she was sleeping.

Sleep Tracker

Saturday, February 14, 2009

How do you measure Rock?

The Rockometer

Pressure sensors hooked up to a decorative display meter showing how much rock a concert actually has. 


Sorry guys. Here's the click-able link. I'm still figuring this all out.

Spencer Finch

Artist: Spencer Finch

The guy has some nice work. Not too much of it uses arduinos, but this one uses sensors to capture wind currents at Walden Pond, then transfer the data to the gallery where this fan board mimics that wind. Kinda cool.


Friday, February 13, 2009

Interactive Wall Sensor

Wall sensor that moves like water, changes to motion of hands.

Equalizer Shirt

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Peg Mirror

I don't know if this uses a micro-controller but it uses a sensor, and software written by the artist, Daniel Rozin. It's a nice way to segway wood and traditional sculptural materials with technology.

peg mirror

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wii controller changes an LED

Pro Tip: Don't look like a tard playing with a Wii controller. This dude used the ardurino to move, increase and decrease the size of a light with the Wii controller:

Also: Robots.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

david gurman

You can see David Gurman's work on his website. His recent project "For Whom the Bell Tolls" was recently featured by Make Mag. 

Medua Mirror

Media Mirror is an interactive video installation, in which over 200 channels of live cable television are continuously arranged in real-time to form a mosaic representation of anyone that stands in front of it.

Media Mirror

Tech No Prisoners! Yeah!

I don't know how this works, but I want one.

How To Solder Video by MAKE

So, I know we all had a nice crash course through Soldering, but if u need some pointers that u can control, rewind, and replay....just click the link, its a good ole 10:43 19 minute MAKEcast


Monday, February 9, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009



Saturday, February 7, 2009


Many projects by Gregory Shakar and collaborators.

Friday, February 6, 2009



most everything these guys play out of is custom made electronics, they do all their own programming through micro-controllers, and have numerous upon numerous amounts of sound producing equipment that they just fuck around with.
saw them in arizona a while back, and when they performed they encouraged whoever was willing to come participate, collaboratively making noise.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

how to's

this may be helpful.


more artificial life forms

P play_final from darong on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Kind of cool idea, could be expanded on nearly endlessly.


40 neat Arduino projects

Here is a list of 40 arduino projects from hacknmod.com.


posted by Andy, walking arduino robot

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Sorry, here's the link.

Interactive Drawing Machines

This guy is pretty cool too. Lots of micro-controllers and sensor based works. 

David Bowen

Artist: Daniel Rozin

Check it out.

He has quite a few Interactive pieces, but this is by far my favorite.



electro stimuli guy aka Daito and cheoptic holograms, which is just cool.

Saturday, January 31, 2009


Check it out. this website lets you use sensor and interactive environment data from around the world to drive your own projects


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