Homemade Hardware Final Project
I want to make a cube shaped pocket-sized artifact which displays an animation over it’s surface. The animation changes according to the data it has accumulated over a period of time, making each artifact contain a unique visual pattern. It is possible to connect two artifacts to change and “breed” their content.
Things to consider:
- I would love for the cube artifact to have every side with a screen. However, I know this might be very difficult due to power and size constraints.
- Since I am using LEDs I am thinking about using geometric animations and changing the rhythm and variations of each of them.
- In practical terms, I would like for each input in the artifact to affect the parameters which determine how the animations look.
Gameboy + Link cable Game Sharing
The Gameboy was one of the first handheld videogame devices (Handy-boy was the first, no idea). It had hundreds of games, and while it provided a lot of entertainment for individuals it also allowed for people to play between each other. Since there was no internet at the time, people used a cable called “Link cable” to connect their devices together and play. Looking a bit into the subject I found the connector was called a DMG-04.
I enjoy thinking about how this type of tangible connection allowed people to play between each other with a cable connecting them. I remember playing games like Pokemon, where you had to connect with another player and trade your character with the other person’s character to have even better things inside the game.
- In general, I think having this idea of each person having something unique which can be shared with some else. This connection has to be physical, with intention.
- Crowdsourced evolving art.
- What interests me about this project is it makes me wonder about the idea each user has a “unique” animation which evolves after a few iterations.
- “Electric Sheep is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It’s run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on almost anything. When these computers “sleep”, the Electric Sheep comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as “sheep”. Anyone watching one of these computers may vote for their favorite animations using the keyboard. The more popular sheep live longer and reproduce according to a genetic algorithm with mutation and cross-over. Hence the flock evolves to please its global audience.”
Cube LED display
- I enjoy the idea of a continuous animation throughout the surface of an object. It makes the whole object seem like an entity.
How is my device going to look?
- Shaking Arduino Dice project link
- I Like the size, the encasing works well with the screen, it seems like something I could carry with me all day. I like how it looks with one screen, though I would like to see every side as a screen.
How am I going to control my device?
How am I going to show my animation and content on my device?
- They can’t be too power consuming
- I want them to be RGB.
- 64 LEDS, 8×8 matrix.
- I can attach several of these together.
RGB LED Matrix
How to make my cubes speak to each other? Change animations between them?
Wired - Serial Port?
- I would have some kind of RX and TX in a physical format on the artifact. Probably some kind of fixed connection like the one depicted below?
How is my device going to have power
- Small and effective
- Something like this:
- Depends on amount of screens/sensors.