Artists create aesthetic problems and solve them. When an artist creates a problem which is technical in nature, but for which no commodified solution exists, a solution must be invented. This is the realm of "making". Making often represents novel unions of sensible phenomena, information, and dynamic objects. 

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Activated Storage

Submitted by aaning on Thu, 11/05/2009 - 15:11

My hope is to create an interface that allows a user to create their own searchable physical storage system.  People that like to craft often collect great quantities of "stuff".  What I'd like Here's a quick rundown of the process:

trouble using serial cable to load Arduino program to ATMEGA 168 chip

Submitted by mkastn on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 14:26


Edit: See the Forum for a reply to this question...

I burned the fuses on a new ATMEGA 168 chip and got no error messages except the usual L burn error that has been determined to not be an issue. I can load Arduino language programs to the chip via the AVR programmer and everything works fine. However, when I use a serial cable from usb port to load the same Arduino program to the chip I get this error message:

avrispmkii, Karmic Koala usb problems

Submitted by Ed_B on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 18:19

The last thing the makefile in does is burn the AVR chip using the avrispmkii programmer.

If I did "sudo make" to do the compile and burn as root, the program would burn just fine. Otherwise I got errors from avrdude (the linux program that runs the avrispmkii) about not being able to get information from the chip or the programmer, or that the programmer wasn't there, or that I didn't have permission to use it.

Arduino on Karmic without the code editor (contd)

Submitted by Ed_B on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 17:54

Arduino ships with a makefile you can customise for things like what I'm doing here. It's in

/home/varmint/bin/arduino-0017/hardware/cores/arduino/Makefile .

I've extensively modified this makefile.

Hopefully, porting the makefile from the MacOS setup to the Linux setup would make the thing go. Ha. There was a weird new complie error:

"undefined reference to `__cxa_pure_virtual'"


/home/varmint/bin/arduino-0017/hardware/cores/arduino/print.cpp .

Arduino on Karmic without the code editor

Submitted by Ed_B on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 15:44

I had no problems getting Arduino 0017 to run on Ubuntu Karmic Koala. I just followed the instructions and installed the avr-gcc tools and so on from the repositories. I put my Arduino folder in a bin/ folder in my home directory. I edited the startup script by adding a cd to the arduino folder. I did this so that I could launch the app from an icon on my toolbar.

Design Choices

Submitted by glenna_opt on Mon, 11/02/2009 - 15:55

Last week I met with Ed to discuss my Holter monitor project.  One thing that came up was the issue of how to make design choices when there is more than one goal for the object.  These might a certain style- aesthetic or physical qualities, functionality of the object, or budget.  Ed described the process of trying to reach all of these goals in one object as wearing different hats: i.e. designer, engineer,and businessman.

Heart Monitoring

Submitted by glenna_opt on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 22:14

My focus this semester has been on designing a series of medical devices made to be comfortable and less scary looking than those on the market while still being cost effective and functional.  The big project I'm working on is a Holter monitor because I have talked to several heart patients and those things are very uncomfortable and don't have to be.  The device is pretty simple but I am looking for the right filters/buffers/op-amps to use for reading a clear signal from the electrode on the skin and getting rid of excess noise.  I posted two schematics I fou

Portable ECG schematics and designs

Submitted by glenna_opt on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 22:05

These are descriptions of two of the portable ECG (Holter) monitors I found.

E-textiles && Wearables + Soft Computing

Submitted by mbenitez on Sun, 10/25/2009 - 19:00

Cheers all,

I wanted to post on here the Tumblr sites for both the E-textiles course and Wearables + Soft computing course. Students are required to make posts for their respective classes and the content posted may be of interest to other students as well.


Basic Motion Control platform, concept + first sketches

Submitted by nadav on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 22:03

I have been planning to aquire or build a pan / tilt platform , onto which a standard prosumer HDV camera may be mounted, for a while, but it became quite urgent for my current project.

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