Monthly Archives: October 2012

DAT301 – Fickleduino

We were given a broad brief to play around with some Arduino boards and come up with an idea that made use of them to be presented 2 weeks later. Our group comprised of Simon Batty, Rachael Dalton and myself.

We took the first week coming up with various ideas for the project and ordered several components we could use with the Arduino Mega 2560 I had used for Weather Transplant. Playing with the components allowed us to think about how a user could interact with them and how they could be applied to demonstrate an interesting and fun concept.

We went through a number of different ideas including a runaway computer mouse, a camera trapped fridge and a censoring twitter viewer before settling on our final idea.

The final concept we arrived at was to create a machine that observed its surroundings and complained about them on a LCD display. The device would complain on both sides of a threshold value with no possible state of contentment.

Our demonstration featured two sensors, a Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) and an ultrasonic range finder. If a person or object was to get too close it would complain about its personal space being violated but if nothing was detected in its range it would complain of loneliness. Based on readings from the LDR the machine would complain about the light being too bright or too dim.

The code is designed in such a way that each sensor and its associated complaints are modular so that different sensors can be easily added.

DAT302 – Everyware

The ‘Everyware’ module looks at the trend towards creating an internet of things, how through the embedding of computers, sensors and electronics in materials and objects systems can be created between them. The name Everyware combines ‘ware’ as in hardware or software and the word everywhere.

The term ‘Internet of Things’ was coined by Kevin Ashton who co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT which created a global standard RFID system.

Back to University

It has been a long time since I last posted. I have since completed a year’s placement at Assembly Studios which was incredibly valuable both in terms of improving my technical ability and giving me work experience in the industry and I will miss working with them.

Assembly Studios Logo

I am looking forward to my final year at the University of Plymouth.