- I didn’t use the right medium to create the physical dandelion – the cotton was really fragile and the straws were not particularly stable as people were blowing on the dandelion itself.
- During the show I realized the loud room had some sound interference that the microphone detected and triggered the animation without meaning to. Even though I did user testing, I think each space is unique and I possibly need to add some calibration function – thanks to Aaron for showing me the sound smoothing function that saved me!
- I would actually like to figure out an elegant solution for speech to text in Processing
- I’m thinking of 3D printing or using some mesh material to create the dandelion instead of cotton balls.
- Make the animation smoother
- Tell a story with it
- What do you think of ‘make a wish’
- get a random wish?
- It’s pretty clear what needs to be done but it might get confusing if you have a physical object
- Smoother animation
- Talk about why people wish on dandelions
- Background music
- Think about how to place microphone
Overall I learned that people really enjoyed the visual effect and feeling of satisfaction that you get from blowing a dandelion. I received feedback on how I should make a physical dandelion and what kind of story I’m telling with it.
It was interesting putting together the concepts of physical computing and creating something on screen with processing. It’s definitely a bit of a complicated process to understand the communication between the two channels and how to make it do exactly what you want it to as I realized was happening when I tried to control the paddle with a potentiometer for the brick breaker game I created in processing.
At first I was trying to use a sliding potentiometer which ultimately seemed like it wasn’t working correctly, so I switched it out for the regular potentiometer you see in the video below.
My other mistake was that I was attempting to create the serial event within the Paddle class in the code – it should have been outside of the code and calling myPaddle (name of object) dot xPos to be able to use the Serial values for the variable I want to manipulate.
All in all, the mistakes helped me to better understand how Arduino and Processing communicate with each other.
Computing for me has always been an outlet of creativity and a way to think critically about problems around me. I am always astounded at the infinite possibilities of what I can do with simply the laptop that I carry in my bag everyday, and an internet connection. My thirst for knowledge grows by building skills that allow me the possibility to create new things by ‘talking to the computer’. Natural inquisitiveness has colored my everyday life. I often pause to consider how the tools I use on a day to day basis are created, the implications of computing on my life as an individual, and societal implications of who creates technology and the purpose of its creation. The effects and products of computing are vast and far reaching; something that I create today can instantly reach others with the click of a button. Consequently, computing is like an accessible super-power that should be used to inspire creativity, communicate important ideas, and effect change in the world around us.
Leaves and Branches
By Lama Ahmad
I created a Branch class to generate different numbers, positions, and colors of branches and leaves. I really liked the different shades of greens and added a parameter called ‘wiggle’ that contributed to the curves in the stems. Each time you click on the canvas a new image is generated.
I wanted to create an art piece as opposed to a game because I have already done a project like that in Processing (bonus, you can see it here).
To view and interact with the project you can click here.
This week my work was inspired by the Hex Variation computer graphic art by W. Kolomojec.
I found it interesting how the work used curves and lines to create a puzzle like piece. I thought it would also be nice to play around with a bit of color in it.
My work ultimately didn’t look exactly like the original Hex Variation, but I really liked the outcome and the fact that I used a pretty simple technique to generate a cool pattern.
Here’s a screenshot of what I came up with:
To interact with the piece, click here
Overall, I really enjoyed making this and playing around with different ideas. It kind of looks like an optical illusion if you watch it for a while. There’s a link to view the source code on my page, you’ll find that the source code is quite short! Can you tell how I did this? The technique is called Truchet tiling. You might notice some familiar patterns from the computer graphics magazine!
My self portrait was based on this image that my friend took of me. I liked the side profile and thought it might look good as a black and white line drawing.
Here it is after I used Adobe Illustrator to create a path to the lines. As you can see I tried to get in the details of the folds of the hijab.
Here it is in my attempt in processing. When the image is first displayed, it’s displayed without a face. When you click on the image, the facial features appear. This is supposed to create a message but I hope to continue playing with this piece and adding text to convey the message I want. It was definitely difficult to work with curved lines, so the details in the scarf are not fully drawn in yet.
Margaret Hamilton has always been a personal hero of mine. Hearing her story is always something astounding to me, particularly in the climate of inequality that exists in tech today. I’ve had a personal attachment to the cause of creating a diverse environment in technology and engineering.
I recently saw the movie Hidden Figures, which depicted the story of several women who worked hard in NASA for the first space mission, and their names are rarely credited. I’m really happy that awareness of the need for the recognition of these women, and the recognition of women in STEM in general is finally coming to light. There’s still a long way to go, though, to get rid of the constructs that we have about the roles that men and women occupy, particularly in the realm of careers.
I recently took an Implicit Association Test conducted by Harvard University regarding Gender-Career associations. Even though I am the President of weSTEM, and pride myself on being an advocate for gender equality in all careers – I still had a moderate implicit bias to associating men with careers and women with family. This was really eye opening to me and just goes to show how deeply embedded our own biases are based on the influences we encounter in society.
It’s crazy that NASA belittled Hamilton’s idea of error checking, and it became foundational in software as we know it today. I hope that people start to understand the importance of diversity and different view points in technology, from an economic and practical standpoint, it is important that women come into the picture.
Here’s a relevant video I made to illustrate this cause last summer: