Brainstorming – Geran Pele

I am very much late to turn this in but I figured better late than never!


My ideas include:

Bio-Art / Antibiotics:

Living Paintings

Living Sculptures

Wearable accessories that change on the environment

Color changing soap based on how ‘dirty’ you are

Antibacterial trash bags?

Some kind of art based on your diet

Bioluminescent workspaces

Sustainable Fabrication:

Organic fuel! (cop out)

Organic rooftops

Organic tires

Plant based office supplies and furniture

Integrating plants into infrastructure

Modular biological design (like PhoneBloks)

Organic cables


Sleep cycle monitor that wakes you up after a cycle is complete

EEG sensing for marketing

Digital muscular sensor for exerted energy

Location based emotional maps

Biometrics to influence political decisions

Piezzo generators on the body

Monitoring for dangerous work & environments

Mycelium Project (for the most part): Geran, Shomit, Will & Damon

Our project inspiration was that of a naturally formed terrarium with built in sensors.  The idea was to use Mycelium as a medium to not only create the biome, but also house the ideal sensors for whatever application you would be using it for (snakes, lizards, exotic pets that require very specific environments etc.).

Unfortunately as many others experienced our mold was, moldy, and thus we could not use our original intended design.  That said, this is a sort of proof of concept or at least a small piece of the project idea demonstrating a particular sensor one might use in a terrarium (UV sensor) with an LCD display showing the current UV Index and Visible Light.  Ideally we would combine this with several other sensors to monitor a habitat.

Arduino Code:

#include “Adafruit_SI1145.h”
#include <wire.h>
#include <SoftwareSerial.h>
#include “Adafruit_SI1145.h”

//LCD object:
SoftwareSerial lcd = SoftwareSerial(2,3);

//UV Sensor object:
Adafruit_SI1145 uv = Adafruit_SI1145();

void setup() {
// put your setup code here, to run once:

Serial.println(“Adafruit SI1145 test”);

if (! uv.begin()) {
Serial.println(“Didn’t find Si1145”);
while (1);


delay(10); // give it some time to adjust the backlight!


void loop() {

//Read UV index:
float UVindex = uv.readUV();
//Format index correctly:
UVindex /= 100.0;

//clear screen

//Display UV Index:
lcd.print(“UV Index: “);

//Display Visible Light:
lcd.print(“VL: “);


Arduino Soft Switch – Geran Pele

For this assignment I first designed my circuit in Fritzing (totally didn’t realize a completed circuit was provided, but good practice I suppose!).  I then re-created this circuit using a breadboard just to insure that everything checked out.0116181443_HDR

I then ported this circuit to a cardboard and copper tape version to experiment with different materials.


Then I finally used my body as the switch!  As demonstrated in this very terrible documentation video, it is hard to tell that the lights are switching due to the very bright room but I show that the switch is working in the serial print window showing “high” or “low”.



const int offLed = 10;
const int onLed = 8;

const int switchPin = 3;

int state = 0;

void setup() {


//Set pins for led’s
pinMode(offLed, OUTPUT);
pinMode(onLed, OUTPUT);
//Set input pin for the switch
pinMode(switchPin, INPUT);

void loop() {

state = digitalRead(switchPin);

if(state == HIGH){
//When the switch is closed turn on the ‘on led’ and turn off the ‘off led’
digitalWrite(offLed, LOW);
digitalWrite(onLed, HIGH);
}else if(state == LOW){
//When the swtich is open, do the opposite
digitalWrite(offLed, HIGH);
digitalWrite(onLed, LOW);

Introduction-Geran Pele

Hey All,

My name is Geran Pele and I am currently a graduate student in the Digital Culture curriculum.  I have a pretty solid foundation in physical computing, fabrication and programming.  I haven’t worked with textiles as much as traditional or digital fabrication techniques but I’m certainly not opposed to experimenting!

I will say I witnessed some pretty cool projects come out of this class before like using fruits as capacitive sensors which isn’t something I think I could have conjured up on my own.  I look forward to the ‘less traditional’ approaches to physical computing and interactive projects presented by this class.

The Biodesign Challenge is a great way to think outside the box and fish around for ideas, I think my favorite challenge I saw on the website was the ‘Organisms As Buildings’ project.  Although I certainly don’t have the time or resources to conduct something like this, I think using live organisms in a tandem like living environment is a great sustainable idea for the foreseeable future of architecture and living.