Slow Shutter Cam

Today I found this great app: Slow Shutter Cam for iPhone. What I like is that although the functionality is quite simple (you can adjust the shutter time), it has positive reviews and people are also using it for light painting.

Good to see that apparently there is a need for this kind of app!

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Photoblogging

Just a thought: wouldn’t it be nice to create a photo blog when my prototype is finished? That way I would keep track of what is being made, and have a nice overview at the same time. Got the idea from this blog about photoblogging. Check it out!

Storify

Two weeks ago, we had a workshop by Berke Atasoy, about his co-creation tool named Storify. It is a really nice technique that takes you through a user-inspired ideation process. For most professional designers and design firms, the steps may be obvious, but I like it because it de-mystifies the design process and allows non-designer participants. Plus it provides you with really nice, inspiring stories! Continue reading

Unique Selling Point of the LightScribe App

Instantly create, share and admire beautiful light art together with your friends and smart phone. No rules, just fun!

Have fun together with your friends. Make, share and admire beautiful light art with just your smart phones.

LightScribe app: Have fun making, sharing and admiring cool light art with your friends!

*Which one do you think is better?*

A LightScribe Story

Imagine you are a 15-year-old boy and bored to no end. Finally, the school bell rings and you are done for the day. Usually, you would hang out in the nearby park with friends, doing nothing really. But ever since some of your friends introduced you to it, you are often using the LightScribe app, like today. When you see your friends, you all whip out your smartphones and start the app. The app sees all available LightScribers in a nearby radius, so you can easily select your friends’ group from the list. With some laughs and jokes, the best location is picked. Perhaps when it gets darker outside, you will move to the park, but for now, the decision falls to the bike shed.

The app picks one random cell to be the ‘photographer’. The other participating smartphones are designated ‘light sources’. You are picked to be one of the light sources, and the screen of your cell Continue reading

Code Writing, Part 1

I think the code for this project would include a ‘loop’ where two functions are alternated: broadcasting (A) and receiving (B). How would this work?

The simplest example would be that two units would only influence each others’ colors, depending on their distance to each other (closer together or wider apart).

The code would exist of two functions: one that broadcasts color value, and one that reads signal strength and color value, and then assigns a new color to the LCD. Each node would switch between these two functions.

Thanks to Julia Nacsa, for helping me to get started!

First Freakduino Steps

Perhaps this post will be of use to other first-time Freakduino users, perhaps it’s a nice laugh for you experts out there 🙂

A few posts ago, I bought two Freakduino boards and some other stuff. It took me a while to get it all up and running, but here we are. What do you need to do when you start using Freakduino, using Mac?

  1. Unpack the box with the nice Japanese stamps and stickers
  2. Find a USB-cable type mini-to-normal
  3. Plug the board into the computer USB
  4. A blue LED lights up: congratulations, the power connection works!
  5. Download the Arduino environment
  6. If you are using a Macbook, you need to update your USB drivers, or the right serial port will not show up.
  7. Open the Arduino environment. Contrary to the data sheet on the Freaklabs site, you need to select Tools> Board> Arduino Duemilanove w/ ATmega 328
  8. Under Tools> Serial Port, select the USB port that you are using. Hint: it is one that only appears when the board is plugged in. Try a few until loading the sketch works (see next step)
  9. Open File> Examples> 1.Basics> Blink
  10. Click Upload at the top of the screen. If this works, it means everything is connected correctly
  11. Download the Freakduino Chibi library from Github
  12. Find the folder named ‘Arduino’ that was created when installing the program
  13. Make a new folder inside it and call it ‘libraries’
  14. Drag the file that you downloaded from Github to this new folder
  15. Rename the Chibi library into ‘Chibi’ or else Arduino can’t read it
  16. Try a wireless communication example like File> Examples> Chibi> ‘hello world 1’
  17. Yay, you have wireless communication!

Bear in mind that almost every step here took me a few hits and misses, this is actually a condensed list 🙂 Do you have suggestions for making this list shorter? Be my guest!