Bioart Stencil

Using a digital photograph of your antibiotic-responsive experiment, create a black/white image. You can use the trace or magic wand tooltips in Adobe Fireworks to trace the features you want. In order for the stencil to be cut on the vinyl cutter, the edges have to be smoothed out.

Email the image to Piyum piyum.fernando@asu.edu by 11.59pm on Sunday Feb 4.

This assignment is worth 1 point, but it is required for you to be able to complete the rest of the bioart project.

Pulse sensor

For this assignment, you’ll be working in groups to create a prototype using the pulse sensor. You can look through creative pulse-sensing projects for inspiration.

Connect your pulse sensor to an analog pin on the Arduino and use the starter code to test the output.

Use the AnalogWrite function to control an LED or buzzer with PWM. For instance, you might create a light or sound visualization that responds to your heartbeat.

Document your project on the class blog under the “pulsesensor” category. Include a photo or video, a diagram, and a brief description (2-3 sentences).

To receive full credit for this assignment, you must go beyond what we did in class. You must develop a creative enclosure or appearance for your project.

This assignment is worth 4 points
2 points for creating an Arduino circuit and code for processing input from a pulse sensor and a PWM-controlled output (sound or light)
1 point for clear documentation that includes a description of how you made your project
1 point if you added an enclosure or some other aesthetic dimension to the project to make it fun/creative

Introductions

Sign up for wordpress and email piyum.fernando@asu.edu and kstace@asu.edu your username to be added to the blog.

Once you have your username set up, introduce yourself to the blog with the following info:

  • your name
  • your prior experience with electronics and programming
  • what creative materials you work with (textiles, 3D printing, organic materials, wood, metals, etc)
  • your favorite Biodesign Challenge project and why you like it

 

Tag your post with the introductions category.

The assignment is worth 4 points (1 point for covering each of the above in your post)

Project status update

Post an update about the progress of your final project. Include the following:

  • Quick summary of what your project is about (1-2 sentences)
  • A picture and description of what you have implemented so far
  • Code snapshot (upload your current code and briefly describe what it does)
  • A timeline and specific objects for what you hope to accomplish by April 19 and April 26 (showcase/deadline!) State how each member of the group will contribute to achieving these milestones.

Post your project update on the class blog under the “status update” category. These are due before class on Wednesday. Bring whatever you’ve made to class on Wednesday for an in-class critique.

This assignment is worth 4 points
1 point for project summary
1 point for a picture, code snapshot, and description of what you have implemented so far
1 point for updated project timeline and group responsibilities
1 point for bringing your prototype to class

Project pitch and proposal

In this assignment you will finalize your project idea. This is a 2-part assignment: you will post your project proposal to the blog, and you will pitch your idea in class.

Project pitch (4 minutes in class)
You will have four minutes to pitch your idea to the class. You can use any format you want (slides, skit, poster, video, etc.). Your goal is to convince the class that your project is a good idea. Since you only have 4 minutes, you have to succinctly explain:

  • The project narrative, the big vision, problem or opportunity (one of your storyboards might be a starting point for this)
  • Why your idea is original (show similar work and explain why yours is different)
  • What impact your project will have on people, ethics, environment, culture
  • Your proposed prototype (what you plan to build)

Project proposal
In addition to the pitch, write a more detailed project proposal for the class blog. At the very least, include the following:

  • motivation (similar to the pitch, describe what problem, research question, or opportunity your project addresses)
  • related work (do a quick search to see if other projects have tried to address a similar topic; find 2-3 similar projects)
  • your idea (what you plan to build, who will use it, where it will be used, and why it’s different from existing work)
  • a discussion of the impact your project will have on people, ethics, environment, culture (1-2 paragraphs)
  • implementation (how you plan to implement your idea)
  • parts list (a tentative list of components you might use for this project)
  • timeline and responsibilities of each group member. The timeline must include what milestones you hope to meet each week leading up to the deadline.

Post your project proposal on the class blog under the “project proposal” category.

The proposal posted on the blog is worth 6 points
1 point for describing your project  motivation
1 point for describing related work
1 point for describing your project idea
1 point for including a parts list and implementation details in your proposal
1 point for the the discussion of your project impact
1 point for project timeline and group responsibilities

The in-class pitch is worth 4 points and counts towards your final project grade
4 points for clearly presenting your idea in class

Arduino + Max MSP

In this skills review assignment, you will interface Arduino with Max MSP. Refer to the MAX MSP Lecture Materials by Assegid Kidane.

Create a input (switch, potentiometer, capacitive sensor, or one of the digital sensors we used—soil moisture sensor or air quality sensor) to control an output in Max MSP. For example, you might create a button or switch that controls the volume of an audio file or the playback speed of a video file. Or you might use capacitive sensing to create an interactive surface that produces different sounds based on human gestures.

Take a video of your project and document it under the “Max MSP” category.

This assignment is worth 4 points
2 points for creating an input that controls some output in MaxMSP
1 point for clear documentation that includes a description of how you made your project
1 point if your idea is fun/creative
1 bonus point if your project somehow relates to biodesign (e.g., you use an organic biomaterial or engage the audience with biodesign, biology, or biomimicry in some way).

Advanced sensing

In this assignment, you will explore one of the more advanced sensors and Arduino. You will work with the Sparkfun conductivity kit or the Sparkfun muscle sensor.

You will use class time to research your sensor and figure out how to use it with the Arduino platform. This advanced hands-on day should hopefully help you build more skills for your final project.

While you’re not required to use these more advanced sensors in your final project, these sensors could provide interesting opportunities for bio-electronic interfaces.

Since most of this assignment will be done in-class, your only requirement is to demonstrate that you were able to get your sensor to work.  However, you will get bonus points for illustrating a use-case scenario for the sensor.

Document your progress on the class blog under the “advanced-sensing” category. Include a photo or video, a diagram, and a brief description (2-3 sentences).

This assignment is worth 4 points, everyone in the group will get the same grade

3 points for demonstrating that you got your sensor to work
1 point for clear documentation of how you hooked up your sensor and your code
1 bonus point if your prototype demonstrates a creative use-case scenario for your sensor