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Benedetta Piantella Fall 12

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What: Intro to Physical Computing H79.2301.5
When: Mondays 6.30 - 9.00pm (Monday Class Dates)
Where: NYU Tisch Building, 4th floor, Room 406
Who: Benedetta Piantella


Best way to reach me is via email at: bp432@nyu.edu
To set up an appointment within office hours or outside, please email me.
Office Hours: By Appointment, Mondays 3.30 - 5.30pm and Tuesdays 2.30 - 4.30pm


Participation & Attendance: 40%
Production Assignments: 40%
Journal: 20%


See http://itp.nyu.edu/physcomp/Intro/Supplies

Useful Links

http://www.arduino.cc - Arduino website. Check out the Getting Started and the Reference pages
http://tigoe.net/pcomp/ - Tom Igoe's Physical Computing site
http://www.tigoe.net/pcomp/code/ - Tom's Code, Circuits & Construction blog
http://itp.nyu.edu/physcomp/sensors/ - ITP Sensor Workshop wiki from another class at ITP
http://itp.nyu.edu/mechanisms/ - Dustyn Roberts' class on mechanisms, very useful for when we do motors
http://www.flying-pig.co.uk/ - Website about movement and good explanation on how to recreate mechanisms

Cool Reference Books

Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers
Getting Started with Arduino
Make: Electronics
Getting Started in Electronics
Making Things Talk
Making Things Move
Practical Electronics For Inventors
Energy There are no electrons; Electronics for earthlings
Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting

Class Blogs

Please press "Edit" at the bottom of this page, login and then enter the url to your blog below (if you are new to wiki formatting just follow the pattern of the examples below and substitute with your url and your name). Alternatively you can email me the link to your blog.

  1. Sam Brenner
  2. Andres Taraciuk
  3. Negar Behbahani
  4. Caroline Sinders
  5. Yang Wang
  6. Sam Slover
  7. Wajma Mohseni
  8. Edward Button
  9. Talya Stein Rochlin
  10. Azure(Tianran Qian)
  11. Oscar Klingspor
  12. Nadine Coleman
  13. Rafa Gross-Brown
  14. Dd Yang Jiang

Class Notes

Week 1 - Sept 10

Examples of Tangible Interface:
Marble Answering Machine
Makey Makey
Sticky light

Interesting Interaction:

Cool things to go to:
Ghosts in the Machine
Murder of Crows

Week 2 - Sept 17

Related to the readings:
Similar take on technology of the future by Corning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38&feature=youtu.be
(Thanks Negar for the link!)

Future Tech in TV Show "Weeds": http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/17/weeds-finale-tech/#s:weeds-2
(Scroll the image slideshow at the bottom and see different views of a similar technology to this week readings.)

Sixth Sense Technology: http://www.ted.com/talks/pranav_mistry_the_thrilling_potential_of_sixthsense_technology.html

Interesting read on Interaction: http://books.google.com/books?id=DCIy2zxrCqcC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
Chapter 1 and 2 of Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction, by Paul Dourish

Related to the principles discussed in class:
Resistulator: http://www.zambetti.com/projects/resistulator
Online graphical resistor calculator: http://www.dannyg.com/examples/res2/resistor.htm

Related to the concepts discussed in class:

Week 3 - Sept 24
Week 4 - Oct 1
Week 5 - Oct 8

Midterm Groups (so far):

  • Sam B., DD and Edward
  • Talya, Negar and Azure
  • Caroline and Nadine
  • Sam S., Wajma and Yang
  • Andres, Oscar and Rafael

Some Projects I find interesting:

EyeWriter: http://www.eyewriter.org/
Playing the Building: http://www.davidbyrne.com/art/art_projects/playing_the_building/index.php

ITP Projects:
Rope & Pulley DJ: http://gizmodo.com/michael-chladil/
Air Harp: http://itp.nyu.edu/~ndy204/blog/?p=287
FeltResistor: http://thomas-gerhardt.com/itp/FeltResistor/
MudTub: http://tomgerhardt.com/mudtub/

Some online places for materials:

Adafruit Industries: http://www.adafruit.com/
SparkFun: http://www.sparkfun.com/
DigiKey: http://www.digikey.com/
Mouser: http://www.mouser.com/
Jameco: http://www.jameco.com/
All Electronics: http://www.allelectronics.com/
and many many more.

A fantastic comic book about electricity:

From ITP Alumn Jody Culkin:

Week 6 - Oct 22
Week 7 - Oct 29


Week 8 - Nov 5
Useful review of Servos: http://eds.dyndns.org/~ircjunk/tutorials/elex/hobbyservo/servo101.html
Online store for conductive and insulating fabrics: http://lessemf.com

Week 9 - Nov 12
Week 10 - Nov 19
Week 11 - Nov 26

Final Projects (so far):

Week 12 - Dec 3

NOTES on Soldering, courtesy of RadioShack:

Week 13 - Dec 10

Class Presentations Part I

  1. Cobras (Oscar, Rafa & Andres)
  2. Sam B.
  3. Sam S.
  4. Nadine
  5. Talya

Week 14 - Dec 12

Class Presentations Part II

  1. DD & Edward
  2. Azure, Negar & Talya
  3. Caroline
  4. Wajma
  5. Yang
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