Monday, August 31, 2009
Here are the images of the circuit board that we were assigned to find. I chose to use a NES for my object, which had more circuitry than I had anticipated. I also took apart a game which is attached to the circuit board in the pictures. After reading the PDF on components and resistors, I feel that I have a better understanding of what I am looking at. However I still feel that it will be some time before I will be able to know what each component is just by looking. The same applies for the resistors, as they are color coded for easier recognition. I hope by the end of the class that I will be able to have a much better understanding of how the NES works.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Gator1 card readers to unlock doors in 306 and grad room
elevator sensor to door open/close
bathroom hand dryers/automatic toilets
handicap door openers
cash registers in dining hall/Little hall
Century tower bell
"walk" intersection signals
surveillance camera in Little Hall
As for working with sensors and machines I have a little bit of experience working with the arduino from my Sculpture of machines class, as well as my Programming class "Processing" last year.
I'm in digital media and what I expect to learn is cool ways to fully access the power of the arduino and , hopefully, do a sensory based project based around identification.
Uh, yeah, that's about it.
- I started by looking at an emergency 911 station, where you press a button and supposedly help will be there withing 30 seconds. I guess its just a phone with a button.
- Dorms have rfid cards that can get a person in a dorm through a wallet or purse which is pretty cool.
- In Rinker, classrooms have sensors that turn the ac and lights on when a room is occupied
- I was wondering if the campus lights have day sensors on them.
- Soda machines here are pretty advanced, they have a debit card system that deducts from a uf account.
- People were filming an event at the union, the video cameras have all sorts of focus and light sensor
- Library West has bookshelves that move and sensors that prevent crushing someone
- One friend who works in the Union told me her office has a sensor that turns the lights off if there is no movement. When she is sitting still and using a mouse, the lights turn off and then she has to stand and wave to turn them back on
- someone also told me that they like the sensors at publix that monitor people by the freezers. Lights only turn on when people are nearby
I am not experienced with electronics - I've never soldered, or used an Arduino board. I am fairly comfortable with Adobe software. I've used Photoshop extensively and built a website using Dreamweaver. I would like to use electronics as part of installations using photographs or video.
- I find it a very satisfying experience when I find a piece of entertainment that I believe it so original and inventive, I consider it “high art.” My art-making mindset is placed pretty firmly in the realm of entertainment, but sometimes I see a movie or watch a cartoon and I am amazed of its greatness. In terms of a fulfilling interactive experience, I remember back when I first played Katamari Damacy. It’s a game that does no justice explaining: you play a small prince who rolls an adhesive sphere around a planet and picks things up in order to create new stars in the sky. You start from paperclips and coins when you’re small, but as you start to build mass, your ball gets larger, until you can start picking up dogs, cats, small kids, then people, then eventually buildings and entire islands. The insane game play, the cubist art style, the simultaneous frantic and soothing Japanese soundtrack, and the whole general concept of the game blew my mind. To me it was just as much a satisfying game as it was a satisfying experience on the whole, a true piece of art.
- I use computers and programs all the time, but to me, it’s like a magic box. I have a limited knowledge of computer parts and their functions, but I’ve never tinkered with any of their inner workings, nor with any other electronics.
- Gaining a higher knowledge of circuits is probably handy information, and I’m interested to see how it can raise to a higher level of digital art. I kind of don’t know what to expect from this class, and as such, I don’t have many expectations. But I’m quite interested, so there’s something.
sensor in crosswalk
sensor in newspaper stand for gator 1
sensor in BK cash register
sensor in dorm office door to let you in
sensor in dorm door to know when a person is near
sensor in cop car to detect speed
sensor in dorm hallway when to turn lighs on and off
sensor in car to detect when seatbelt is fastened
sensor in car to detect when someone is in the passenger side
sensor in tv to detect the remote
sensor in the fridge to detect when the door is open
sensr in the elevator detecting the floor to go to and when it reaches the destination
sensor in the DMA door to detect assigned Gator 1 IDs
sensor in snack machine to read Gator 1
sensor in drink machine to detect money
sensor in emergency exit to set off alarm if opened
sensor in kitchen to detect smoke
sensor in hall/rooms to detect fire
sensor in laptop to detect wi-fi
sensor in bus to detect when someone pulls to get off at the next stop
sensor in cellphone to know what you're dialing
sensor in kitchen stove to know when temperature has reached a certain degree
sensor on Fedex writing pad that detects signature
sensor in change machine to know when to take money and give change
sensor in Gator 1 machine to know how much to put on your gator account
sensorpad on snack/drink machines to know what you're trying to order
microwave senses when youa re inputting numbers
coffeemaker sensor detects when coffee is done
computer sensor on mouse
sensor on wireless keyboard
annnnnd that was about all I found. I could use alot of them as ideas for projects later. I like the thought of putting barcodes on people like Gator 1s and only certain people could enter a room. It is like digital discrimanation. Haha. Or to trigger a machine to only open for certain gator 1 codes so that only that person could get the paper/instructions inside. I'm really interested in the identification aspect of sensors.
Not too bad for 45 minutes :)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Recently I had to house sit for some family friends while they were on vacation and I had to use their alarm system every time I arrived at and left their house. I realized that their were sensors at every entrance and window of the house that let you know if something was opened or not. I thought it was pretty fascinating that the whole house was connected in such a way.
My personal experience with electronics is more or less average I’d say. Personally I’m the go to person in my family for help with electronics but I wouldn’t say that I’m a professional by any means.
My technical skills are pretty localized to working with specific programs. Generally I’m comfortable with the Adobe Creative Suite programs but I still have much to learn.
My goal for this program, as a Digital Media Art Major, is basically to learn as much as I can in as many areas of the field as I can in the next two years. I want to have an established and diverse skill set to enter the professional world with.
In the Digital Media program I hope to get a better grasp of technology in an art sense. I want to be able to not only build virtual constructs but physical constructs as well, working things that express a concept or idea. So, ideally, my skill set will increase and I will be able to combine my other areas of interest with these new skills.
I chose Digital Media because... well, it sorta goes back to the video games thing. I played them when I was young, but when I got older I got interested in how they functioned, etc. I'm not so much interested in writing the code and such for them as designing the visual aspects for them, and getting into animation, where I feel the artistic side can shine. I dunno, I just think there are thousands of possibilities in games that haven't even been touched yet, and I'd like to explore them.
Besides that, though, I feel like digital tools can pretty much do anything. I know that they can never replicate the manmade feel of a traditional painting, etc., but there's such a wide array of tools available from digital media--sound, animation, and even alternate forms of more traditional media. I've also heard in the past that artists who use digital tools are somehow lesser or don't even create "real art", and I wish there was some way I could convince people with that mentality otherwise...
My first elextronics experiance that made an impression on me was an electric piano I had while I was probably about six or so. It was called the miracle piano and it had a serial port on the back that hooked into my dad's computer (he worked for a local company selling computers to businesses, so we had them around since I was three). Anyway I would boot into dos and type... run/miracle. And it would load up this interactive teaching software in which you could learn the piano and play games that helped you learn chords and such. I still know how to play star wars, Beethoven's 5th, and The Entertainer because of it. Anyway its an early and somewhat advanced experience at the time. Thank you miracle piano.
So what do I expect from my major? I hope to be able to work across all digital media in order to push whatever concept (art or design) that I am doing. I hope I have the skills and the quality of work to attend a great grad school and to be able to support myself doing it. So far in the programming class, I feel like it broke down invisible barriers that I thought existed between an artist and programming. Its not as hard as it seems. I feel like just that one class alone has pushed me to start working on the web and has opened up a few opportunities to do design and programming. I feel like I will be able to do almost anything.
I have always had a strong interest in electronics and tinkering/working with them. This class allows me to actually create the small electronics and machines I have always had a fondness for. I'm also planning on incorporating the use of Arduinos into my senior ceramic work, for sound, interaction (i.e. motion sensors and audio sensors), and some motion as well. So I am pretty excited for this class and what I will be able to learn.
I took this class because I'm really interested in Digital Media. I also thought electronics would be a nice follow up to the Programming for artists class that I took last semester with Katerie. Electronics has always been something I've sort of been interested in and I'd like to see what I can learn and create this semester.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
That is it for now. I will be writing more as the week goes on.