This course focuses on thoughtfully and critically embedding computational media into the physical world. We will make, tinker, and experiment with high tech and low tech materials. The final projects will be themed around biolectronic interfaces, and the winning team will present their work at the Biodesign Challenge. This course is taught by Stacey Kuznetsov, assistant professor at the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering. The TA is Piyum Fernando.
In this assignment, you will work with your mycelium 3D shape to develop an interactive prototype. Your project must include the LCD screen as an output. At the very minimum, your project should be responsive to something in the environment.
You can use capacitive sensing to support user interaction directly with the mycelium object (via capacitive sensing), or have external sensors (e.g., the pulse sensor), or environmental sensors (light, temperature, etc.).
Ideally, your project illustrates a design concept that explores the sustainable/eco-friendly aspects of your enclosure.
You can see some example Mycelium projects here.
A blogpost documenting your project, including code and a video is due on the blog by 11.59 pm on Friday, March 2nd. Tag the post with the mycelium category. This assignment is worth 4 points:
2 points for creating an Arduino circuit and code that makes your mycelium project interactive, and uses an LCD screen as output
1 point for video documentation and a description of how you made your project
1 point if your mycelium project is creative/fun
1 bonus point if you clearly articulate how your project relates to the biodegradable/sustainable aspects of the mycelium enclosure
Please post or respond to someone else’s post on our IM Forum to begin thinking about final project ideas and groups.
- Share your technical and/or creative strengths and describe what you can bring to the team
- Describe who you are seeking for your team (what kind of strengths/skills/working styles are you looking for?)
- Share a biodesign project that inspires you
- Ask a clarifying question about the Biodesign challenge or the class
- Suggest a possible final project topic or area of interest
- Share a (bio)technology, sensor, material, or device that you’d like to work with
This post is worth 1 point. It is due by 11.59am on Monday February 26.
For our mycelium mold project, we will be using the following mold to form a Mycelium Music Player. The idea is sketched out below also. We will use the mold to make a tablet shaped mycelium container than holds our screen, microcontroller, LED(s), and other parts. Other pieces we might include are buttons, especially a power switch, a speaker to output sound, and conductive material that will be used to create capacitive sense “buttons”.
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After feedback on Monday, we’ve decided to mold our mycelium around a chicken nugget box. For this prototype, we want to create a device that compares two different heart rates. We would have two pulse sensors set up somewhere on the box, and the LCD screen would be on top of the box where the words “10 Chicken McNuggets” would be. The LCD screen would then show the heart rate(s) in BPM along with – if time permits us – a visual display of the heart beat.
Our mold is squid shaped, intended to be a plastic-alternative clock; the LCD screen will go in the face area, we’ll cut out the shape after the growth is done to ensure more precise measurements. The screen will be the display for the time, driven by an Arduino which will fit inside the brain area. The top of the head will also have a capacitive sensor that will alter the display to a smily face when you put it on the head (or some other personality interaction). We’ve also discussed adding an interactive synth feature perhaps to the tentacles, a lot depends in how it grows!