Short description: This is a collaborative project that will be a visual projection mapping for a work space opening called Coworkrs. It will be for a launch party on April 20th. There would be more than one visual so that it is constantly changing.
Technical stuff: It will use projection mapping to create visuals bound by the different wall shapes. From class, it will primarily use particle systems as well as boundaries. It will also use box2d.
Projection Video from Lindsey Frances on Vimeo.
Future directions: Since it is in collaboration, the goal is to make the visuals unique but also have similar properties. This will change after meeting with the group.
This was an exciting week because after waiting and waiting, my 100 neopixels have arrived!
I am using them to create a light matrix. While I did think about just buying an already built flexible, neopixel matrix, I realized not only would it be more economical ($20 vs. $100) but also, I could learn more by creating it myself. Let the soldering begin!
I was given assistance by man of the “Shop Boys” with one even lending me a handing neopixel holder. Since this was my first time soldering, it went a lot slower than I expected. I also started by using a thin wire, thinking it would be easier to sew. However, it kept breaking off. So I decided that I just needed to get a testing of some neopixel to see if they worked and did what I wanted. This meant just some basic wire.
Voilà! The neopixels actually work. Well at least one works but I am still pretty proud of myself. I created three more of these so that I could try to make a matrix but had to stop due to my mom being in town. I was also given a copper breadboard last minute and am now thinking that it would be a better idea to just create a more stiff matrix using this board and getting the right images I want so I don’t sew it and then have to undo it if it’s wrong.
Also, this past week has been a great time to discuss my project with people not in the class. I explained how I wanted to make a dress or a sweater that will have different sensors to express different emotions like when you cross your arms, it will say X and having hands on your hips will be a lightening bolt. I discussed how I could either make them into images or I could make a scroll bars that would have words scrolling. I think for me, I want something that wasn’t completely direct and like the “fun” in images or emojis. This is why I will create a matrix that will have the Xs, lightening bolts, lips, but I may also add in a “Brr.” I am finding through my discussions that I want this to be seen as fun but also to bring to light what body language is. My hope is that I can add in enough sensors that the user can even explore their own body language and be surprised by it as well as their counterpart. I am still undecided on if it should be a dress. I plan to make a dress but I just don’t know if that form fits the idea. I am hoping to determine this in the next few days as well as making a bigger matrix.