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When I thought about physical interfaces for this project, I wanted to think about something that had a tactility that would be missing in the digital space. My midterm project, the Samhain Tarot Reading felt like the perfect opportunity to add a bit of the physical into the digital world.

I copied the sketch in the p5.js editor on the off chance nothing worked before I began and set up a simple button switch for my interface.

I attempted to set this switch up using some example code from class to make sure my Arduino and components were working properly, but when I opened the serial monitor it didn’t seem to be registering my input. …


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I like the holidays, but if I’m being honest, the last couple of years feel like the years have gone out playing a proverbial game of “hold my beer.”

After creating a Samhain alter for my midterm, I decided that for my final, it would be appropriate to not only celebrate Yule, when the light starts to return on the wheel of the year but to add a German mythological figure named Krampus.

Why Knitting?

I’ll be honest and say that I was determined to knit something for my final project, but when I proposed it, I had forgotten the connection I was seeing between knitting and technology even before I entered this class or graduate program. …


Following up on our primary research and ideation of possible interventions my partner Soham and I decided to move forward with building a game that we have tentatively called Disaster.

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Our intervention took an unexpected turn though when we shifted from a mobile game to a card game.

Given the ubiquity of technology, it seemed like a natural choice to develop a mobile game. That platform would have allowed people to connect from afar and even develop online communities to share resources.

However, there was something about the idea of a card game that seemed to maximize chance and allow for more intimate conversations. …


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This week we continued our work with climate change and flooding the help of a survey. Soham and I immediately put out a survey on Tuesday and began pushing it to communities we were a part of.

We had 30 responses by Tuesday and then I started messaging friends and family to take the 9-question survey.


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Or perhaps, more aptly, an 8-Bit Christmas hat.

I’ve been knitting for the last twenty years and I love the holidays. After designing a Samhain altar for Halloween as my midterm, it seemed like a natural progression to follow it up by engaging in the ugly sweater motif.

Design the Hat

I was trying to think of ideas or a hat and I decided to look at Pinterest for some festive fair isle. I compiled this mood board using Pinterest which set the tone for my project and prototype.


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I remember learning about modes of storytelling and the theme of human vs. nature coming up. The motif seems to always be the human chasing a part of nature, or nature presenting an obstacle that keeps the human from achieving their goal, but the narrative never seems to be about when nature fights back.

It seems fitting that to start our final project, we’d interrogate the topic of climate change. …


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Last week’s foray into the world of electronics had me on the hunt for conductive materials. I found myself intrigued by the idea of conductive thread and yarn, but knew that ultimately I would need to understand how my Arduino board worked before planning anything bigger.

For this week, I decided to try to build off of my book switch and see if I could get some Arduino code to turn on a light when the book opens.

My previous attempt operated on a pressure plate principal, and as such worked in reverse. (Read: when the book was closed the light turned on.) …


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In the past two weeks, I’ve curated some items for a time capsule and constructed a vessel. This week, it’s time to imagine what it will look like when the capsule is unearthed over a century from now.


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Welcome to my first foray into the world of electronics. My first, task was to make a switch.

Earlier this week, I successfully lit up an LED using one of the switches provided in the NYU IDM Arduino kit, but now the challenge is to think of alternative interfaces and conductive materials.

About

Lauren Busser

Grad Student at NYU Tandon. Associate Editor for Tell-Tale TV. Pop Culture enthusiast. Writer with a dog. Knits.

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