02 – class notes, 31 Aug 2017 – Circuits 101

Class Notes, 31 Aug 2017 – Circuits 101

Boring Stuff

jet’s office hours:  Fridays, 1-4, IDeATe Lab.

Class Notes

Basics of circuit drawings and making circuits.  There’s an excellent reference at Sparkfun.  Print out this graphic: and put it on the inside cover of your sketch book:







01 – notes 29 Aug 2017

ASSIGNMENT:   We skipped this very important topic in class because of networking issues.  Please read our code of conduct.  If you are not a CFA student please ask me in class or in person if you have any questions or concerns about this policy.


Golan’s TED talk

Class Notes, 29 Aug 2017

Boring half

Review the class syllabus including rules for attendance and grading.

We will add students to the blog on Thursday so you can ask questions or comment on notes or projects.

What is physical computing?

From simple to complex:

  1. light switch – simple circuit: power, switch, light
  2. electric alarm clock – shows the time, one can set the time with switches
  3. toaster oven – thermistor detects temperature, knob selects desired temperature, electric coils heat the interior
  4. DDR / game controllers – complex switches with visual or haptic/tactile feedback (vibrations)
  5. automated audio mixing board – ignore the music slang and look at the interaction between control knobs and sliders and how the board can rearrange them based on a recording
  6. メカ

Where/why does physical computing matter?

Physical computing has support in places like the Exploratorium.

Art and design + engineering and robotics ==> physical computing projects.

Golan’s Double-Taker


Daniel Rozin’s interactive mirrors.

Haptics class demo of a new product.

We will go over the artist’s statement assignment in detail on Thursday.