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Soft Electronics and Advanced Arduino Programming
January 15 (Tue) 9:30-17:00 Soft Electronics (3h) slide >>> slide >>> – eTextiles materials and techniques – fabric sensors – SMA – thermochromic ink Advanced Arduino programming – I2C sensors – H bridge + motor, stepper driver – Bluetooth wireless connection – processing
Interaction Design Workshop
January 14 (Mon) 14:00-17:00 Interaction design workshop (hands-on) (2h) – how to map interaction to actuation – movements to action – how to read movements with sensors Brainstorming exercise (1h) – concept development
Introduction to the Design Brief
January 13 (Sun) 14:00-17:00 14:00-15:00 Home work evaluation (bucket challenge) 15:00-17:00 Introduction to the Design Brief: “Quantify self” slide >> Homework: Research on “Quantify self”
Introduction to Basic Programing II
January 9 (Wed) 14:00-17:00 Homework answer (0.5h) Introduction to Basic programing II (2.5h) slide >>> – sensor input (digital/ analog) – actuator output (digital / analog) – fade example (map, constrain) – servo library – tone library Extra session17:00-18:00 Introduction to prototyping techniques (presentation/ teaser) slide >>> slide >>> homework: Bucket challenge (sensor + actuator)
Introduction to Basic Electronics and Programming
January 8 (Tue) 14:00-17:00 Introduction to the physical computing and the design brief slide >> Introduction to Basic Electronics (1h) slide >>> Simple circuit exercise (1h) – power, LED, button How to install Arduino http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/HomePage Introduction to Basic programing (1h) – connect Arduino 101 – digital write (LED blink) – digital read (push button) [...]
Online Circuit Simulator
This on-line java-based circuit simulator is a nice “live” simulator that reacts instantly to changes in values and connections of components. It has an extensive library of components and is scriptable to allow you to both export your designs and import designs you’ve created in a text editor. >> http://www.falstad.com/circuit/ They also sell Android and [...]
QUCS: Quite Universal Circuit Simulator
>> http://qucs.sourceforge.net/ QUCS is an open-source tool for documenting and simulating circuit designs. There are very good introductory exercises and workbooks on the QUCS documentation page. Advice on getting Started: Go through this Workbook. QUCS can be used to simulate analog circuits, digital circuits, and can even import well known types of circuit descriptions (e.g. [...]
MIT $100k Elevator Pitch Competition 2011
Here is some healthy encouragement to continue innovating and honing your presentation skills. A 60 seconds pitch could win you $5000. (OK, not YOU, but maybe future you.) On November 2nd, 2011, MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition hosted the finals of the Elevator Pitch Competition. Videos from 2011 are not yet posted on their website; check [...]
Final presentations will be held on Sunday 30th October 2011 from 5-6:30 pm at NYU Abu Dhabi. Join us!
Final Presentation, Group 7
Project Touch This was our final presentation. A very HUGE THANK YOU TO PROFESSOR RAMESH, CHANDRA, STEFAN, HANNA AND MATT
Day 8: The End
We went to the common ground, presented a presentation, and had dinner with the whole Design and Innovation family. It has been a stupendous week, a memorable one too. Thank you Stefan, Hana, Matt. Thank you Professor Sunil and Ramesh. Hope that our innovative engineering pursuits will not cease here!
Day – 7
On day 7, we gave a final touch to our prototype. We connected all the remaining circuits to the Lilipad, and tested the push buttons and the dog tags. We worked on making the design of the glove more attractive. Then, we filmed the working demonstration of our prototype. Finally, we started making the presentations [...]
Trying to finish up everything before our presentations, we finally built all the wiring needed to connect the dog tags when worn by two different people, as we do not have wireless networking capabilities in the lab, to the glove using long wires, magnets, and hot glue. We also met for as a group for [...]
On friday, day six, we continued to build our prototype, namely the glove part of it. We had to find a way to make the parallel LED circuit we had built the day before. We stitched a pink heart shaped glove which we inserted the LED circuit in. We then stitched that heart onto the [...]
Day – 5, Thursday
After having the clear road-map for our prototype, we started building our prototype on day 5. We divided our group into two pairs to work on the glove and the dog tags. To make the dog tags, we used the laser cutter to cut the acrylic. We used acrylic to make sure that the tags [...]
Group 6: The Blueprints
Here are the blueprints we made while designing our products. Unfortunately their filetype is .tiff, so you have to view them by saving them on your computer and opening them.
Group 6 – The Creation: Days 4-7
From Day 4 to Day 7 the group was working tirelessly on making our vision come real. In the initial phase everything went according to the plans. By the beginning of Day 7 both the wristband and the quilt were in good shape. After connecting them we spent a long time with troubleshooting, but fortunately [...]
On the first day of our engineering lab, we were first introduced the the team of three from MIT media labs, Stefan, Hannah, and Matt. We were introduced to the prompt, and we’re shown examples of what previous inventions regarding the same field have been made to get an idea of what we should come [...]
ON the fourth day, which was wednesday, the team met with Stefan, Matt, and Hannah, to talk about our concept and how we can build it. We also talked about how a shirt would not be practical so we changed the idea of the shirt to a dog tag, which we thought was small, simple, [...]
Group 6 – The Beginning: Days 1-3
This is the very first post of Group 6 in the Engineering Foundations: Design and Innovation Superlab 2011 event. Our goal was to design, develop and demonstrate a product that provides a solution to a certain type of problem related to a kind of long-distance relationship. The team consisted of the fllowing members: Songyshu (Cici) [...]
Day three started with all groups presenting their concept ideas for their project. Our group came up with the idea of having a contractable shirt to be worn under the soldier’s uniform, and a customizable device which the family will carry. Communication between these who objects is very simple, we have deliberately chosen something which [...]
T- 3 Hours: FINALIZING
After a weeks worth of hard/fun work, we got everything ready!
Today we started off by linking the strip to the Arduino and testing the program. Unfortunately, there was some technical problems, which we later figured out to be short-circuiting. We were expected to get the working prototype ready for the practice presentations, however, this was not the case. Nevertheless, we presented without a working model. [...]
So today we started working on actually building the product. Our first step was to draw out the lines on the cloth material, representing the ciruit wire that would me made with conducting wire. This was a very tough job as the cloth we cut out was of very small width as a result of [...]
Our work today was divided into two parts. One involved going to the CSE to get the materials needed cut with the Laser Cutter, whereas the second one involved creating the circuit and the program that we would use for our product. At CSE, three types of cloth – foam, and two types of non-conductive [...]
The day before the final presentations each group held a 5 minute practice presentation showing off their slideshows, demos and videos.
Group 5: Day 7 – P & P, a.k.a Prototype & Presentation!
After assuring ourself that the construction of the balloon-and-string output is strong enough to hold the rotation of the motors, we finalized everything: programming, graphing using Processing, actual human testing, and giving a practice presentation. When we tested our device on Stefan, one of our instructors, we were able to see the graph going down, [...]
2 hours later… We pretty much have a specific relationship target group! (Unfortunately we cannot find the photo of our brainstorm… But we brainstormed ideas across two whiteboards!) Day 2: We narrowed our customer definition and we decided on a concept. We also experimented in class with conductive threads to work with different pressure sensors. We managed [...]
The example below shows how to simply print values over the serial port from the Arduino and have Processing interpret them as many different graphs. As long as you follow some simple printing restrictions, the code can be easily adapted to suit many printing needs. Basic Setup 1. Download and install Processing. 2. Upload the [...]
We are done with finalizing our shoes. At the moment we are working on the T- shirt. Hopefully it will not take more than an hour afterwards. We are so delighted to see our product in its very final stages. Our product will enable any fan experience what the player does in front of tens [...]
Woke up early morning and started working at 9 o’clock. keep going tell lunch time then get back to work. Mick was making some points to put them in the presentation. Meadot was sewing the lilypad with a piece of a cloth and make a connection between the four shoes. We have tried it on a baby, but [...]
Group 5 – Day 6 – When The Sensor Gets Real
We finally managed to finish programming the Wearable Anxiety Sensor. In addition, we integrated Processing and Arduino in such a way that we could see the sensorValue a.k.a the level of conductivity in the form of graph–the output for the doctor of the patients. Video
Group 5 – Day 5 – The CSE Tour
During the fifth day, two of us went to CSE and laser printed the sketches we drew the day before. There were some details on the sketch that we changed on purpose, such that the design could be more compact and easier to cut.
Pseudo-code to indicate Baby’s first success in first walk
We were thinking about programming the shoes to light up when they reach certain number of steps. That would be the baby’s success in its first walk. Hannah suggested us to have a rough idea in our own language of what the programming would do – pseudocode. It went like this. Firmstep = sensor value [...]
The main purpose of our project is to make passionate football fans experience the maximum satisfaction possible from watching games!
Our third day was primarily spent coming up with a good design for our product. We made a rough sketch of how the product would look like along with its measurements. We decided to go with a particular kind of shape that would allow flexiblity.
The products of prisoners was really complicated so we turned back to our first client (parents and babies) and we came up with a product that will make the parents feel close to their babies while they are out at work. The product consists of 4 shoes, two worn by the baby and the other [...]
We had a meeting with the instructors to discuss about our product and see our progress. We met for half an hour only and we tried to make our product looks easy and workable. We did a brainstorming for another half an hour then and we gave out some ideas about what are we going to do [...]
We started the day by giving a presentation about our product. Our product is a kissing photo intended to be for the prisoners who miss their families. Each one of us took a part of the talk and then we tried some of the questions that were asked by the audience. We faced so many problems [...]
Day 5 / Group 4
We have made a considerable progress in bringing our product to life. We have seen that the vibrations could be felt at different areas of the shoes. It would enable the fan experience what the player actually does. For instance if the player kicks the ball with the front part of his feet then the [...]
Before going to the lab, the class was divided into 7 groups. Each group contains 3 people working together. There was a box on each table containing the tools we need for our work. We firstly learned how to make a simple circuit by connecting a battery to a light bulb. We noticed that there [...]
Group 5: Day 4 – EngiDrawers!
Some of NYU Abu Dhabi students often question why future engineers need to take a course called Design and Innovation. Well, the innovating part makes sense, but why designing? This day, our group realized that possessing the ability to draw a design on a piece of paper is very essential for engineers. Our product, the wearable [...]
Guidelines for Prototypes
Focus on the experience and your unique selling points (USPs) Prioritize elements that will deliver the highest impact in the presentation. Keep it simple. More complexity / more technology does not necessarily make a product better. Don’t neglect design and aesthetics!(more to come)
Guidelines for Final Presentations
Be sure to address the following points in your final presentations: Your client – MOTIVATE why your product will be important Statistics / interviews / photos / videos that describe your client Your ideal product vision – describe the ideal product EXPERIENCE When and when do they use it? Under what conditions? How does the [...]
Links for Groups 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7
Here are some links to related projects (both conceptually and technically) for all groups!
Programming language for applications that run on your computer and can interface with your Arduino.
Visual programming language for Arduino. Drag and drop microcontroler programming!
Conductive Fabrics and Threads
All of the conductive fabrics used in this workshop were bought from LessEMF >> http://lessemf.com/fabric.html And the conductive thread was purchased from Sparkfun >> http://www.sparkfun.com/
Neoprene Bend and Pressure Sensors
Bend Sensor >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=20 >> http://www.instructables.com/id/Neoprene-Bend-Sensor-IMPROVED/ Pressure Sensor >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=65 Pressure Sensor Matrix >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=213
Knit Stretch Sensors
>> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1762 >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2108 >> http://www.instructables.com/id/Circular-Knit-Stretch-Sensor/ >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1996
Great tool and process of cutting circuitry from conductive copper sheets that have adhesive backing.
How to use Fusible Interfacing
Group 5 – Day 3: Anxiety Galvanic Sensor
During the third day, we delved deeper into our idea of connecting the emotional bond between doctors, patients, and their relatives by proposing a product/device that we are planning to build, a device which we call the ‘Anxiety Galvanic Sensor’. This wearable technology detects patients’ anxiety by identifying the difference of conductivity of their skin, [...]
Research Prior Work and Be Inspired
Be sure to check the internet for projects related to your own, or also just for inspiration. The following websites are great resources for finding all kinds of wearable, e-textiles, soft circuit projects and products: >> Fashioning Technology >> Talk2MyShirt >> LilyPond >> Soft Circuit Saturdays >> Make Magazine >> Engadget >> Wired LilyPad embroidery [...]
Presentation Day 3
View presentation >> https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dcd28gg4_168drcxzhg6 Download PDF >> http://www.objectdna.com/workshops/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Lab_Presentation_Day_3.pdf
DAY 1 by Group Se7en
Presentation1 Client Group. For the first day our group tried to come up with our client group and we wanted to relate our project with ourselves and what we as new students were going through. We wanted to do something about old friends. We always see people falling out with old friends of high school [...]
Our task for this day was to figure out our potential client and the needs that were trying to satisfy. At the start, we observed others presenting their ideas and goals. In our case, we had two potential clients and our goal was to present them and our decision would be based on the feedback [...]
Homework 2: Developing and communicating your concept
Develop a vision for the ideal form of your product Think about your client’s EXPERIENCE with your product When and where do they use it? Under what conditions? How does the experience unfold over time? What emotions does it evoke? Create a storyboard to articulate your concept visually for critique in next session (max 5 [...]
Also known as voltage dividers. When using the Arduino or Arduino LilyPad to read a digital or analog input you need to use a pull-up resistor or voltage divider to connect your sensor input pin to HIGH (= plus = positive = +5V), so that it is not “floating” and susceptible to noise. External You [...]
Building a passive High-Pass filter that allows frequencies above a certain value to remain in the signal while cutting out all frequencies below the threshold requires only one resistor and one capacitor. See the Wikipedia High Pass Filter page. Using an Operational Amplifier, you could build a filter that allows only frequencies within a [...]
Using Resistors as Heaters
Google Docs Spreadsheet for calculating excess heat generated by a resistor. You can use the above spreadsheet to calculate the potential heating properties of a resistor. The inputs are “Supply Voltage” (typically 5V with the Arduino), “Resistance” (the Value that you will need to vary), and “Resistor Power Rating” (a value fixed by the [...]
The day started with teams presenting their ideas for the target group. The relationship we decided to focus on was that between people with a high-risk job that involves doing some field work, ie. soldier, and war journalists, and their families. The nature of our target group’s work does not allow people to communicate with [...]
Semi-Automatic Spool Knitting Machine Demo
Four needle circular knitting machine.
1. Download Processing. 2. Run simple Serial.println(); example below on your Lilypad. 3. Run Graph in Processing. Arduino Code: Processing Code:
Group 4 Lab Day 1: Sunday, October 23rd Lab Day 2: Monday, October 24th
Group 5: Day 1 & 2 – The Group
At last, this is the moment engineering majors have been waiting for: the ex(citing+hausting) engineering lab! Our group consists of four people with different backgrounds, and we come from different countries. Left to right: There is Umair Saad, from Pakistan, Guinandra Jatikusumo from Indonesia, Sarah Abdu from Ethiopia, and Jeffrey Chen from the United [...]
Day 2. Presentation on Potential Clients [Working Parents and Stay Home Babies]
Group 7 Day 2 Story Board
All posts of Group 7 here.Day3 presentation 2 Story Board. 1. Our Client’s experience without our product We make friends; they become our very definition; we become one and then we make a promise we can’t keep. Inevitably the time to part comes. college or otherwise. The hopelessness starts gripping us. The saying “long distance [...]
Arduino Example using an array to store values in RAM, then averaging them. NYUAD Averaging Example. Uses a single variable to store the average; do some nice math; arrive at an average.
Abu Dhabi Resources
View Abu Dhabi Resources in a larger map Contents Textiles Electronics Random Shops Art and Office Supplies Restaurants Grocery Stores Culture Transportation City Guides Not that useful Electronics Textiles Directly across from the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, there are many shops selling fabric, thread, and other sewing supplies. Malik & Shaheed Store Threads, Fabrics, tools, [...]
Presentation Day 2
Link >> https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dcd28gg4_134gb94s7dh Download PDF >> http://www.objectdna.com/workshops/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Lab_Presentation_Day2.pdf
Post everything to the bLog !
Create your own login. Create a group post and add it to category 2011 Group Pages. Take pictures and videos of your work and Upload! Upload! Upload! Document every aspect of your process on your group page.
Presentation Day 1
Here is a PDF of the introduction presentation including historical projects and earlier work: Intro Presentation and Historical Projects Here is a link to the lab presentation from day 1: Day 1 Presentation on Google Docs Also available as a PDF: 2011_10_23_NYUAD_Design_and_Innovation_Lab_Day_1
Homework 1: Understanding your Client
Choose an interesting group of potential users (your client) Research your client: Who are they? What kind of lives do they lead? What do they care about? What are their habits? What is their pain? What do they need? Create a visual journey to describe your client References: User-Centered Design
NYU Abu Dhabi Fall 2011 – Design and Innovation – Laboratory Design challenge You work at a product design company. You have just secured a new client, a large multi-national corporation that is interested in creating a new product line for supporting and enhancing long distance relationships. The client has asked your team to create [...]
Sunday 23 October 4:00-9:30 Obligatory Session for all students Monday 24 October 6:00-9:30 Obligatory Session for all students Tuesday 25 October 4:00-5:15 Obligatory session for all students 6:30-9:30 Obligatory Session for all students Wednesday 26 October 4:00-7:00 Office hours Thursday 27 October 4:30-open ended Vinylcutter and Lasercutter introductions Friday 28 October 3:00-5:00 Office hours Saturday [...]
Stefan Agamanolis https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/center_for_patient_experience_innovation/ Matthew Karau http://matt.karau.com/ Hannah Perner-Wilson www.plusea.at
Group 1 Sumit Dahal: email@example.com JÃƒÂ¡nos Kun: firstname.lastname@example.org Jaen Ocadiz Flores: email@example.com Hend Al Ali: firstname.lastname@example.org Group 2 Nayef Abdouli: email@example.com Maedot Andargie: firstname.lastname@example.org Shaikha Ahmad al Falasi: email@example.com Jermsak Jermsurawong: firstname.lastname@example.org Group 3 Usama Afzal: email@example.com Andres Fernandez: firstname.lastname@example.org Cyril Cherian: email@example.com Chen-Jung Mei: firstname.lastname@example.org Group 4 Nour AlGharibeh: email@example.com Petrus Bosa Layarda: firstname.lastname@example.org [...]
You work at a product design company. You have just secured a new client, a large multi-national corporation that is interested in creating a new product line for supporting and enhancing long distance relationships. The client has asked your team to create a concept for a new communication product. The client is not interested in [...]
NYU Abu Dhabi Engineering Foundation Course 1a – Laboratory Detailed Schedule Time Activity Thursday 4 November (13:00 – 18:00; 5 hrs) 13:00 Intro to lab leaders, intro to lab, brief agenda, split into random groups of 3 or 4 13:15 Reveal the challenge & brief, constraints & requirements, Q&A 13:30 Presentation on earlier work in [...]
Stefan Agamanolis https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/center_for_patient_experience_innovation/ Matthew Karau http://matt.karau.com/ Mika Satomi www.nerding.at
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