I got this 9 degrees of freedom circuit hooked up to a bluetooth circuit powered by a lithium polymer battery. The bluetooth transmits serial data wirelessly to the computer. I have a generative Processing sketch using the roll, pitch and yaw as inputs while the sketch runs. Interaction controls and shapes the physical structure as well as the colors produced. This is a good first step. I’ll be continuing to develop the object design that will hold the circuit and what kind of interactions this object might produce. Here are a few examples of images generated using the board as a control device.
I’ve been working with Kevin Marinelli in the Math department here at UConn on this project. He’s been helping to produce the PCB prototype board. It’s based on the Tetrafol created by Fol Chen in collaboration with monome and Machine Project.
At the moment Kevin is adding some new features to the design of the board. Everything is quite small with a lot of surface mounted components. I’m hoping to get a design of the board with more through-hole components that would be suitable to use for an interaction design class so beginning students could more easily solder everything together.
I’ll post more updates once a working prototype is finished.