Some people say that what you put on the internet never goes away. Perhaps it’s just a cautious way of thinking about what you upload, but in reality, things really do fade away. And if a particular datum isn’t ever completely eradicated in your lifetime, it gets diluted among the huge amount of data that get uploaded everyday. It was on this theme that I created Fade Away 1 for my Introduction to Physical Computing final. It performs a twitter search for the term “fade away” and uses an ultra violet laser diode to write these tweets on a phosphorescent surface. Each character has been programmed into an Arduino, which controls the servo motors and the laser.
I've been thinking a lot about how I've been posting stuff online since I was very young. So much of this content is gone now because closed networks like BBS's, Prodigy, and CompuServe are no longer around. Even posts I've made to the internet have faded away. Anything that remains online is like a needle in a haystack.