Night-Light

Project Brief: 

Rapidly prototype an interactive light with a creative lo-fi form and lo-fi input. 

Timeline: 

2 weeks-Feb 2020

Role:

Prototyping, Industrial Design /Teammate: Winnie Chen

Learning goals

  • Gain experience creating a physical computing prototype
  • Learn and apply basic circuit concepts (circuit design, voltage, current, resistance, electronic components).
  • Learn and apply basic physical computing concepts (input/output)
  • Learn and apply specific physical computing tools such as multimeters and the Arduino platform

Early Design Artifact

We wanted to create a small version of the LED matrix so that we are able to control each light individually through arduino. Matrix has a lot of potential to be paired with different sensors to create endless possible range of effects

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Light box fabrication

We created laser cutting files in illustrator and created dividers for the box to channel the lights. The top cap consists of 9 ping pong balls sliced in half to diffuse the lights.

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Connecting + Debugging

We snipped 9 LED lights individually, mounted 9 individual strips to the base, drilled 4 holes next to the ground (5 volts, data in, and data out), then stripped the insulation off.

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Distance Sensor

We used the distance sensor to control if someone is close by the light and it will change to the color of his/her preference. When the person is not in the range, the light will be in its default state.

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Final Prototype

We presented Interactive RGB circuit, Lo-fi input, and Lo-fi enclosure to the Prototyping Class and the teaching staff.

Thank you!

View code on Github by my talented teammate, Winnie Chen (She's the best!)

https://github.com/winniewtchen/Prototyping-Assignment

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