Oven Elevator by Team Mark: Final Documentation

In March 2019, our student group began working on the final project for our introductory physical computing course. Our task: to design a build a useful device for…

Interactive iPad Board by Team Richard: Final Documentation

For this project, we were tasked with creating an assistive device for an older person we were paired with from CMU’s Osher Institute. We were paired with Richard…

Mindfulness Device by Team Elinor: Final Documentation

The goal of our final project was to integrate our electrical, mechanical, and design skills we have been learning throughout the semester in order to create an assistive…

Interactive Itinerary by Team Irv: final documentation

Introduction For our final project, our team was paired with an older friend, Irv, to develop a “convenience machine” he could use to improve his life. Over the…

TV Volume Regulation Device by Team Lois: Final Documentation

Introduction This semester, we had the opportunity to work with a group of older people who attend OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. We collaborated with…

Cool Cloud by Team Peter: Final Documentation

Cool Cloud by Team Peter: Final Documentation The Intro to Physical Computing final project is to build a device that will help an older friend in way that…

Package Thief Prevention Box by Team Emily: Final Documentation

Brief Summary of work: Our names are George, Yael and Enock, and for our final project we collaborated with Emily, a Carnegie Mellon University OSHER student, to try…

LightSwitch2.0 by Team Kathy: Final Documentation

In order to improve Kathy’s life at home, we decided to create an automated light switch on a timer. Kathy explained to us that when she had guests…

Strength Balance by Team Gary: Final Documentation

With this project, we set out to design and build a device to help an older person in the Pittsburgh community. After an initial meeting with Gary (the older…

Team Richard Prototype Documentation

Context Richard is a graphic and jewelry designer who typically works on drawings for commissions every evening on the couch while he and his wife watch the news….

Team Gary Prototype Documentation

Introduction A few weeks ago we interviewed Gary, documented in a previous post, to understand his daily life and what type of device he may have a need…

Team Emily Prototype Documentation

Introduction This documentation presents the prototype of the anti-package theft for Emily. We interviewed Emily which is detailed in an older post and have detailed a working prototype…

Team Mark Prototype Documentation

Introduction With our meetings with Mark, we discussed what he would want or what he would benefit from the most. Mark enjoys to spend time in his kitchen…

Team Kathy Prototype Documentation

After our meeting with Kathy, we decided to create an automated light switch on a timer. Kathy explained to us that when she had guests over she would…

Team Irv Prototype Documentation

By Eric Mendez, Eliza Pratt, and Helen Yu Introduction In the past two weeks, our team synthesized observations from our meeting with Irv to develop a “convenience machine”…

Team Elinor: Prototype Documentation

INTRODUCTION After meeting with Elinor, we decided that we wanted to make her a device that helps her focus on her mindfulness and encourage her to take some…

Team Peter: Prototype Documentation

Introduction Previously, we interviewed Peter about his typical day-to-day life and hobbies in order to get a better understanding of his interests and personality. Ultimately, his strong curiosity…

Team Lois: Prototype Documentation

Introduction: After interviewing Lois ( https://courses.ideate.cmu.edu/60-223/s2019/work/documentation-meeting-with-lois/ ) we determined that we would focus on designing a TV volume regulator for Lois and Irv’s den.  A constant issue that Lois…

Meeting with Kathy

We are working on a project in which we collaborate with an older member of the community to create an assistive device that will make some aspect of…

Interview with Elinor

Introduction Our goal is to create a personalized device that will assist an individual in some aspect of their life. In pursuit of this goal, we (Karen and…

Documentation: Meeting with Lois

Introduction:  At the initial meeting, we wanted to gain some insight into what our client, Lois wanted for her assistive device. We met Lois last Monday at her…

Interview with Emily

Introduction: A useful Implement for an Older Person The purpose of this meeting, and more importantly the project, is to interview an older person to gauge their lifestyle…

Documentation: An Afternoon with Mark

“Something Useful” for Mark In March 2019, our student group began working on the final project for our introductory physical computing course: to design a build a useful…

Meeting With Gary

For this project, we design and build an assistive device based on a specific older person’s needs. We held a meeting with Gary, our client, to gain some…

Meeting with Irv

This meeting’s purpose was to meet with our Osher student Irving “Irv” Lieberman and get to know his daily routine so we would be able to narrow down…

Interviewing Peter

Introduction  On March 25th,  Monday morning, Alton, Seema, and I (Vicky) went to Peter’s home to introduce ourselves and got to know more about him and his daily…

Interview with Richard Documentation

Summary For this meeting, we were focused on getting to know Richard, and finding out some areas where he felt his life could be improved by our making…

The Medicine Remembrall

A spherical glass box that glows in multicolored gradients each morning to remind the user to take their prescription medicine, and turns off and displays the time opened…

Backpack Feedback T-Shirt

Overview My project explores developing a garment that helps mountaineers understand how climbing load is distributed across their back as they train. Since the device prints serial output,…

Fix Your Posture !

Overview I created a posture sensor to help me fix my back. It’s a light signal bracelet that tells you at which parts of your back is not…

Back It Up, Boy!

“Back It Up, Boy!” is an assistive device to help users backup from their laptop screens when they unknowingly become too close after leaning in for a period…

Word Scramble Alarm Clock

This alarm clock won’t stop beeping until you unscramble a word. Demo Video Response to in-class crit “Maybe could laser cut something for a more permanent solution.” “Very…

The Reminder

Brief Explanation A physical reminder with customizable timing options ranging from 28 seconds to 24 hours. Images   (usage example – reminding to drink water) Process Images and…

Make Me Wake Alarm Clock

Overview This project features an alarm clock that can only be disabled by pressing a button located across the room from the users sleeping location. Process Images and…

Muppet Box

The Muppet Box is a fidget device that incorporates a mini-game for those who aren’t simply content flicking a switch back and forth, using limit switches, LEDs, and…

Unlock the Bathroom Door

My project is meant to unlock the bathroom door after no motion for 30 minutes to prevent against us getting locked out when our suitemates forget to unlock…

Gesture Controlled Desk Lamp

  Overview This project explores using a waving gesture to control the brightness of a desk lamp in order to prevent needing to fumble for a button/switch as…

Reluctant Wallet

OVERVIEW In an effort to save money, I created a difficult wallet to bombard you with guilt-inducing questions and will only unlock if you’ve proven your desperation and…

Milk Stat!

Milk Stat, is a device that tells you the expiration status of your milk. When the user puts the milk carton into the case, they can use the…

Hexagonal Humidity Lamp

  Overview: A lamp used to indicate the moisture present in the air through color in order to prevent frequent nosebleeds and indicate that I should turn my…

Interactive Notebook

A three-in-one notebook, reading light, and timer that helps the user stay on task in a meeting or while working independently. By Katie McTigue How does it work?…

Sight Light

Overview As a contact wearer, sometimes it’s hard to get around in the middle of the night when I can’t see, and I end up tripping over stuff….

Weightlifting Form Tracker

Overview: This device is intended to be strapped around a belt or around the elbow in order to track ones form using the distance from the body part…

Bottle Reminder

An apparatus for bottles to be stored on, so that different colors are displayed to detect the amount of liquid remaining in the bottle.     After getting…

The Pick Alarm

The Pick Alarm encourages practicing while putting a stop to lost picks!   Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Process: A major alteration that I made…

Air Quality Monitor

Overview A device that displays current air quality and keeps track of the high and low points of air quality. Detail Images: The circular and rectangular cutouts in…

Item Presence Detector

Hook: Never forget an item again with this fully configurable item presence detector which uses RFID technology to detect whether your items are all present. Description: This detector…

All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy – Don’t Be Like Jack

The “Don’t Be Like Jack” device alerts the user when it is time break from work and when it is time to go back to work. The name…

Whack-A-Task

Description A box that acts as a to-do list, with a user interface comprised of buttons and an LCD screen. Crave the satisfaction of hitting a button when…

Pencil Holder Alarm

A pencil holder that sounds an alarm if opened without turning off the alarm     Process images and review This project required a lot of work and…

Qualitative Timer

This device lets you turn a dial to set an allotted time and get a qualitative light display showing you how much of that time has passed as…

Double Transducer: The Space Box

Narrative: Appearing as a simple, unwired blue box with a planet carved into the top, The Space Box is designed to be placed upon a desk to create…

Double Transducer: Picture Level

by Karan Gugle and Lillie Widmayer Description: Device that indicates how crooked or level a picture is by dimming/brightening an LED depending on how crooked the picture is…

Double Transducer: Proximity to Light to Angle

By Kaitlin McTigue, Nathan Naylor What is a double transducer? A “double transducer” is a device that reads some sort of input signal, converts it to a signal…

Pressure > IR > motor transducer

Double transducer: pressure -> IR -> movement

Ian Shei and Yael Canaan Description This project transfers a pressure signal from a force-sensing resistor (FSR) pad to an infrared (IR) transmitter which is picked up by…

Double Transducer: Ball in Cup Game

Our easy to play game is designed to help improve anyone’s ball in cup throwing skills. To start a game, a participant flips a switch which simultaneously starts…

Double Transducer: Double Transducer: Responsive Proximity Sensor (Annoying Tamagotchi)

by Karen Kim and Enock Maburi Description Responsive Proximity Sensor is a double transducer that uses proximity and sound levels as inputs to display facial expressions on an…

Double Transducer: Heartbeat Visualizer

By Alton Olson and Eliza Pratt Description This project detects a user’s pulse and triggers a servo motor to move in sync. When a heartbeat is detected, the…

Double Transducer: Automated Plinko Game

by Elena Deng and Seema Kamath Description: We decided to make the game Plinko with some added twists. We have an acrylic box with a motor, three release…

Double Transducer: Fidget

by Erin Ryan and Helen Yu Fidget transforms the user’s movement of a joystick into a colored light, which in turn plays a note through a speaker. Images:…

Double Transducer: Sequence Detector Safe

Welcome to the sequence detector safe! The serial output from the Arduino introduces the concept behind the sequence detector safe and allows the user to set a new…

Double Transducer: Bright Balance

by Connor Maggio and Nina Yoo Description: Bright Balance is like a game where you change the brightness through a pressure sensor and see the motor change the…

Quarter Notes

Overall Image LED-photoresistor setup with coin slot. The coin passing through these breaks the light to the photoresistor, triggering the flag motor. Flag in front of ultrasonic sensor…

Double Transducer: Make an Entrance

by Vicky Zhou and Stefan Orton-urbina Description “Make an Entrance” is a double transducer that utilizes two forms of input (distance and rotational speed), and produces two forms…

Project 1 group assignments

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Twitter Mood Light – the World’s Mood in a Box

Project Creator: RandomMatrix Hannah Kim Short Description: This work is basically a box which uses twitter to find out the world’s collective mood, and then changes color to…

LED Umbrella

Project Title: LED Umbrella With Arduino Project Creator: Matthew Poage Project Description: The LED umbrella is a customizable, blinking LED art experience. In my opinion it must be…

WalaBeer Tank

Creator: GPL3 This is a Arduino project that is a little tank that is designed to follow around a human. The Arduino is inside the tank and it…

Hemp Lamp

Creator: JustAddSharks Description: This is a LED lamp with a micro switch to turn it on and off, using the lower magnet and upper magnet to turn on…

Arduino Controlled Robotic Drums

Project Title: Arduino-Controlled Robotic Drums Creator: Randy Sarafan Description: This project is a automated drum set in which the drums are hit using drumsticks driven by car door…

Touchless MIDI Controller

Project Title: Touchless MIDI Controller Project Creator: Evan Kale Short Description: A neat guitar mod for easily automating MIDI effects just by the wave of your hand. The…

Friend’s Light

Project Title: Friend’s Light Project Creator: Jihye Jeong, Heeju Kim, Youbin Nam Response:This project was to create an interactive light, which had different outputs depending on both the…

Home Irrigation System

Created by Chuck Finley The arduino is hooked up to moisture sensors as well as tubes connected to water in order to auto pump water to the plants…

BarBot: Cocktail Mixing Robot

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OpenBraille

Project: OpenBraille, a DIY Braille Embosser Project creator: Carlos Campos and Christelle Fournier Short description: OpenBraille is a embosser for braille that uses a physical encoder and roller,…

The Crowbox

I was introduced to the Crowbox last summer and immediately knew that one of my goals for this academic year would be to obtain the skills and resources…

Keyless Lockbox

Creator: Gordon McComb Description: The keyless lock box uses an optical finger navigation (OFN) sensor as a combination decoder. This sensor must be in direct contact with your…

Click Canvas – an Interactive Wall

Click Canvas, created by Natthakit Kim Kang, is an interactive wall installation that allows the user to create their own retro 8-bit artwork. Each “bit” (individual LED boxes)…

Arduino-Powered High Speed Photography

Arduino-Powered High Speed Photography Matt Richardson In this project, Matt pairs a sound sensor with a DSLR in order to automatically trigger the shutter for use with high…

7 Segment Display Project

Project title: Servo Driven 7 Segment Display Project Creator: Jim H Short description: An analog giant 7 segment display made with cardboard and servo motors that displays numbers…

Piattunio Plate Robot

Project Title: Piattuino Plate Robot Project Creator: Heinz Pieren Short Description:Inspired by piano-playing robots and a Chilean instrument using plates, Pieren set out construct his own instrument and…

Crimson Fox: Raising Awareness to Take a Break While Working

Title: Crimson Fox: Raising Awareness to Take a Break While WorkingCreator: ReinKTHDescription: Created for a class, the product changes form in order to remind the user to take…

Teensy USB Shortcut Button

Link to project on hackster.io Created by Benni of Tinker-Fun This button features a rotary encoder with programmable interactions for shortcuts to be used in conjunction with drawing…

Arduino Digital Pet

Project title: Arduino Tamagotchi Project creator: Alojz Jakob Description: With an OLED display and an arduino, this device simulates an interactive pet dinosaur similar to a Tamagotchi. The…

globe trotter

Project Name: Globe Trotter Project Creator: Caroline Buttet This project is a new take on viewing photos of different places around the world, as well as a more…

Bucky Touch: Light-up Dodecahedron Instrument

Project title: Bucky Touch Project creator: jbumstead Short description: A dodecahedron (a polyhedron with twelve flat faces) lamp that when touched on any of the faces, will play…

CNC Plotter

project title: Arduino CNC Plotter project creator: MegaDAS Description: CNC stands for computer numerical control. The arduino CNC plotter moves its parts in accordance with the instructions it is provided in order…

Smart Shoes Project

Project title: Smart Shoes (Auto-lacing and Generating Electricity) Project creator: Maker_Inc Description: These Smart Shoes, initally made for a science fair, generate electricity and have self-tying shoelaces. The…

Hot Beverage Monitor Project

Project Title: DIY Hot Beverage Monitor Project Creator: Peder Ward Description: Peder’s girlfriend often burn her tongue when she unknowingly drinks beverages that are too hot. So, Peder…

émile – Understanding Baudot Code

Project Title: émile Project Creators: Julien Hespenheide, Irena Kukric, Jasna Dimitrovska, David Beermann émile is a philosophical writing machine using the Baudot code – a binary 5-bit code,…

Arduino Indoor Garden

Project Title: Arduino Indoor GardenProject Creator: MEGA DAS This project uses a variety of sensors to understand the needs of a house plant. These sensors check for the…

High Speed Water Drop Photography Rig

Project Title: High Speed Flash Photography Project Creators: Thomas Burg and Johannes Gottwald Short description: An Arduino enthusiast and a photographer decided to use an arduino to control…

Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock

Project Title: Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock Project Creator: Grathio Short Description: Much like the title suggests, this Arduino based project will recognize a specific knock based on…

RainBoard – RGB LED Rainbow Fader

Project Title: RainBoard – RGB LED Rainbow Fader Project Creators: otbpaintball Project Description: This project creates a simple LED rainbow filter using an arduino uno. The creator uses…

Pianographe – An audio-visual midi synthesizer

Project Name: Pianographe Project Creators: Florent Bodart and Romain Bodart This is a midi synthesizer made from the body of a Nektar 49 keyboard. A wooden frame was…

inFORM – Dynamic Shape Display

Project Title: inFORM Project Creator:  Tangible Media Group – MIT Description: The Tangible Media Group’s vision of the world couples the virtual and the tangible. In that vein…

Tide Tank project

Project title: Tide Tank Project creator: Robert Zacharias Short description: A creative technologist in the South Bronx worked with  high school students at a boat-building education nonprofit. The…