a blog for the Spring '09 Arduino class at KCAI

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.