The physical design consisted of a control box and the dispensing skull.
This video shows the halloween game we designed. The two knobs on the physical controller allow the user to move the pumpkin. The object of the game is to “consume” all of the candies on the screen while avoiding the bats. Once all of the candies are “consumed” a signal is sent to the physical skull and real candy is dispensed.
Initial User Testing
As soon as we had a working model, we completed some initial user testing to ensure our design was easy to use. We used the feedback from this testing to modify both the software and the hardware.
Final User Testing
Once the design was complete, we asked other users to play.
A classmate and I designed and built this interactive moon animation. We loaded images of the moon phases into our p5.js sketch and mapped each image to a different slider range. We plan to continue this project by adding more sliders in order to allow the user to manipulate the night sky and the stars independent of the moon phase.
First, we created a mock up of our interface in illustrator. We then built the sketch in p5.js, focusing on just one slider.
To try the interface out yourself visit this site.
Using the laser cutter I made these coasters out of thin plywood. Each coaster consists of a patterned base and two rings. Once the pieces were glued together the rings acted as a rim for the coasters. The patterns were based off of ones I found online and were redrawn in illustrator.
Laser Cut Pieces
Elephant with p5.js
Hand Sketched Plan
I drew the elephant out by hand and kept track of the coordinates of each vertex as I coded the elephant into my p5.js sketch.
Design and Color Process
I made the elephant using white triangles with a black stroke to ensure the shape of the elephant was successful. Then I added color to each triangle and adjusted the color scheme to my liking.
First, I experimented with different patterns using Adobe Illustrator.
I laser cut my favorite pattern out of plywood and created a motor mount so that the bottom piece would remain stationary, while the upper piece would rotate on the motor axle.
Wall Key Holder
This key holder hands on the wall and has an embedded magnet. When keys are placed on it, the magnet holds the keys and the keys look like they are floating. I used the ITP shop to design and construct these key holders. This project served as a great project to help me learn how to use new power tools. I used various techniques during the process to get repeatable results so that I could make many, identical key holders.
Miter Saw Setup
Using a stop block I cut each key holder to an equal length with the miter saw.
Drill Press Setup
I used two stop blocks on the drill press to drill holes in the same place on each piece.
Back of Key Holder
Each key holder was fitted with a D-ring and a magnet.
Hanging Key Holder
Each piece was finished using a sanding belt.
Magnetic Wall Key Holder
Magnetic Wall Key Holder Demo
I spent the summer of 2018 working with a team of designers, engineers, and tinkerers at Teknikio. Teknikio develops electronic boards that can be embed into craft projects and provides an educational STEM tool for children. At Teknikio I helped to develop educational packages for STEM based programs in school, camps and makerspaces. I also designed and built electronic store displays and new sample activities for the company. Here are some projects I worked on along the way.
Teknikio Store Display
I designed and built this moving store display with a Arduino nano, Teknikio LEDs, servo motors, and various craft materials. The display was designed to catch peoples attention and highlight the Teknikio product in a store that sells Teknikio retail.
Light Up Mason Jar
I designed and built this project for the Teknikio Makerspace Kit using Teknikio heart LEDs, a coin battery, conductive tape, embroidery floss and a mason jar.
I designed and built this wheel to highlight various Teknikio boards in stores and at trade shows. Keep scrolling to see how this project turned into an interactive wheel display.
Here is an amplifier that I designed and built using laser cut pieces and Teknikio electronic parts. The user can play music on their phone and place it in the center slot to amplify the sound. As the phone slides in, Teknikio lights turn on and change color.
Teknikio Ice Rink
I built this ice rink to display the Teknikio penguins at a trade show.
I designed an built these wallets using Teknikio boards, conductive thread, snaps, and fabric. When the wallet is closed, the snaps close the circuit and turn on the LED.
For kids, the best part about their parents receiving packages is that they get to play with the box with which it came. Kids love to turn boxes into play houses, cars, ovens, etc. Why not develop a kit where kids can add Teknikio circuits to bring their play boxes to life? Here is a car prototype for this idea that I had at Teknikio. The headlights and lights on the wheels turn on via switches on the side of the car, a buzzer is connected to a button on the wheel to act like a horn and a light sensor in the back turns on siren lights in the back when it senses darkness. The video below shows how the headlights turn on and off with a switch.
I have always loved to cook and bake. Over the years, I turned my passion into a business, creating personalized cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. Here are some sample treats that I made…