Category: PhysicalComp

PCM Wk 9 Final: Light + Filter Experiments

Experimenting with Lights and Filters 1.) First we prepared our equipments, filters and notes. Equipments include: a laser pointer, an LED flashlight, polarizing filters, solar panels, color filters. 2.) Next was experimenting with the polarizing filters to manipulate the amount of light that passes through. Polarizing filters may give us more range than neutral density […]

PCM Final: Research + Resources

Ongoing list of research links, videos, images related to solar energy and light: (this will be updated constantly)    

PCM Wk 8: Final Project Proposal

Idea: Solar Energy Learning Table I aim to create an interactive learning table and display that helps myself and others better understand how solar panels work and how energy is converted into electricity. Objectives:  1.) Learn about the science of solar cells: how light is turned into electrical energy through the use of semiconductors. 2.) […]

PCM Wk 8: Transistors, Relay, Motors

Controlling High-Current Loads Notes: For controlling devices that need more electrical current than micro controllers can supply, we can use 1.) relays, 2.) transistors, 3.) optoisolator Relays – devices that control a switch through magnetism; a little slower to close ( a few miliseconds delay) 2 types of relays: electromechanical, solid states solid state relays: […]

PCM Wk 7: Serial Output From P5.js

Followed along with the lab: Process: a.) Set up breadboard b.) Program p5.js for serial communication See video below for example of the keyPressed() function and mouseDragged() function c.) Mousedragged() function in p5js to change the values displayed on the p5.js canvas and the LED brightness.   d.) keyPressed() function in p5js reading the pressed […]

PCM Wk 6-7: Fortune Teller’s Crystal Ball

Overview: For our Halloween project, Chunhan Chen and I collaborated with NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program to create an interactive crystal ball for their fortune teller room. The idea is that 2 – 3 guests would enter the room and have their tarot cards read by the NPC (non-player character). In the middle of […]