Physical Computing

Gilad's Box

Gilad's Box


1 - After the Build, Comes the Failure

I will be posting a separate documentation solely for the building of the box.

This is the original p5 sketch that I was using as the reference for the interpretation of reality onto my matrixes. Another student Elvin was doing a similar idea and since we were both working off of Shiffman’s Brightness Mirror he shared his code with me for sending live video to a matrix. I attempted to use this with p5serialcontrol but even with Shawn’s help we could get it going.

If I was only using one wall with live video being displayed I could have used a Fadecandy with this code and it most likely would have worked well. But alas my ego caused me to have this massive canvas to work with.


2 - Post-Failure, Repositioning and Making Due

I was pretty disappointed that I couldn’t get any video going with what I imagined to be a pretty simple process, and kind of decided to drop live video. I was introduced to Dominick Chang, a second year student and he gave me his DMX King LeDMX4 PRO an OEM Board for direct Art-Net to RGB/RGBW pixel strip/array control. Basically but connecting this board to my computer by ethernet, and to the board’s ground and data I could address each matrix directly from MadMapper.

PCOMP/ICM - Final Project Idea

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The Box

I’m interested in building objects that live in a space.

My original idea for the box was for it to be just too small for an adult, but comfortable for a child. I envision each wall of the inside of the box to have an LED matrix on it, with the LEDs being diffused through a thick acrylic. I am still unsure of what I specifically see being displayed on the matrix though.

I have ideas of using the box

  • As a filter of what is going on in the room the box is inside. Putting IR cameras on each side of the box and filtering what is going on outside the box.

  • As a diffused light mirror of the individual inside the box

Things I’m still considering

  • Is there sound? Is it filtering an altering the audio outside the box?

  • Maybe the user will be directed to close their eyes. Light therapy?

  • What is drawing the user inside the box? Why does someone go inside of a space?

  • How does the box react to you?

    • Heart-rate sensors?

Woman inside an accumulator

Woman inside an accumulator

Wilhelm Reich

When explaining my project to classmate Dana Elkis she suggested I research Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s work and his Orgone Accumulators.

“Dr. Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychoanalyst who trained with Sigmund Freud.  He believed that the atmosphere was full of a life energy that he called “Orgone.” That energy, he claimed, controlled everything from the weather to your emotions to the way your body moves to the health of your sexual relationships. “ [1]

  • Credited with helping start the sexual revolution in America

  • He pioneered the field of what he termed "orgonomy" in the 1950s, after he discovered a form of energy he called "orgone."

  • Reich determined Orgone was a major influence in a person's sexual performance.

  • As such, he believed orgone could be used to treat sexual dysfunction by seating a patient in an Orgone Accumulator, which was basically a phone-booth-size wooden box lined with metal

People have tried building accumulators before and there are guides online to making them as well as a complete handbook.

The majority of Reich’s work has become viewed as a kind of pseudo-science, but I think there are ways for technology to legitimize, even for just a moment, things that people don’t believe.

I am unsure of if I will turn the box into an Orgone Accumulator, or if I will incorporate aspects of his theories into the piece.

PComp - Week 4 (Analog/Digital Input + Digital Output)

In class this past week (week 3) we worked with building for Arduinos for the first time. I had messed around with them a bit several years ago but I had no idea what I was doing. Learning javaScript syntax and all that other jazz in ICM is helping with understanding the structure of Arduino sketches.

Lab 2

Lab 2

Lab 3

Lab 3

After finishing the labs I remembered that I had found an ultrasonic distance sensor on the junk shelf in the beginning of the semester, and wanted to use it for this project. I had already used one before in my Video Sculpture class over the summer, although I didn’t code it whatsoever, I worked on the concept, design, and fabrication. After looking again at the code for that project, I probably could have reinterpreted it to make the LEDs for this week breath like the original piece.

I looked over the schematic for the sensor, wrote it out and felt pretty confident with understanding its readings to the serial monitor, so I decided to constrain certain distances to activate different LEDs. The red was from 2-13cm, green 12-23cm, and blue 23-33cm.

Interaction Observation

My observation was of an installation in on of the windows of Tisch, on Waverly. It’s set up by ITP students and is intended to be a Rube Goldberg machine, but as the video shows, the interaction is missing an important factor.

I also found a Neo Pixel Ring in the junk shelf, and wanted to practice my soldering skills as well as see if it even works. Tonight I put it together with a neo pixel strip I had, and wanted to see if I could add it all together on one sketch.

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