Analog Sensor – Michael Maxam

For my sensor, I wanted to create an indicator light that would tell me when a box/case was properly latched. Using the in class demo, I modified my velostat sensor to incorporate it into a latching box. This worked very well. I was able to use serial monitor to see what readings I was getting with different positions of the lid on the box. In the video you can see the led is at its brightest when the latch is securely fastened on the box and off when the latch is unfastened.


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LED Switch – Michael Maxam

Arduino LED Switch


For my switch I tried using pencil lead but did not have any luck. I then switched to some copper conductive tape and was able to get my switch functioning.

Here’s my code. I altered the sample code for button:


const int buttonPin = 5;
const int ledPin = 10;
const int led = 9;
int buttonState = 0;
void setup() {

pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
pinMode(led, OUTPUT);
pinMode(buttonPin, INPUT);

void loop(){

buttonState = digitalRead(buttonPin);
if (buttonState == HIGH) {
digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
else {
// turn LED off:
digitalWrite(led, HIGH);
buttonState == LOW;
digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);


And my circuit:


Introductions – Michael Maxam

Hello, my name is Michael Maxam.

Prior Experience:

Many, many, many years ago, I learned the BASIC programming language in the eighth grade. While I don’t remember all of the syntax, a lot of the form and logic of coding has stuck with me. More recently, I have taken the DC core classes like AME 230, and AME 112. My experience with electronics and circuits come from experimentation with Arduino and from Byron Lahey’s Intro to Physical Computing, and Digital Physical systems as well as a sculpture based Arduino class, Moving & Interactive Systems Sculpture taught by Hilary Harp.

What creative materials you work with:

I work weekends in the sculpture lab at ASU and work with wood and metal. I have done silk screening in the past. Lately I have been doing some 3d printing, and lots of laser cutting. I really enjoy building things.

Favorite Biodesign Challenge:

I was fascinated by Nissan’s Laser Range Finder technology (LRF) that will help to reduce and possibly eliminate vehicular fatalities of passengers in their cars.