{ Brain } – beta version

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Brain <beta version>

Brain is an automata that shows how the brain works when you think. Composed of handmade steel wires and knotted rope as pulley system. Brain functions in two ways:

1) Conscious –> Hand cranking the steel wheel to fluctuate the shells, and also rotating the wheels on the other face of brain.

2) Subconscious –> Using ultrasonic sensor to measure the distance, part of the brain will function automatically once the user is in position / wearing the helmet.

 

Exposing yourself & Taking in the unknown

The most exciting/weird experience of this project is the moment you stick your head into it. The motor above you starts moving; the vibration and sounds of the pulley system; the view you see through the wood cubes, knotted ropes, and steel wheels. It’s the mixture feelling of exposing yourself to undergo the vulnerability, and taking in the unknown to activate all your senses in the narrow space.

 

2D/paper –> 3D/physical

Inspired by renowned kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson, I decided to use steel wire as the means for my Automata final project. Based on the photos and videos collecting from internet, I sketched out the shape first, and then tried to figure out how to bend the steel wire into wheel.

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It’s a trial and error process, but thanks to magical Zoe Logan, I learned different pliers and jigs to make proper(at least better than free style) steel wheel. The whole journey is a little bit pain in the ass, but the result is satisfying. Beside boosting my stamina with heavy laboring, I’m glad the efforts somehow accumulating into something weird and terrifying looking.

 

I learned a lot from this transforming 2d ideas into 3d physical form process: the pros and cons of wire bending compare to the thick steel connected by welding; the limit of series connection the wheels with knotted ropes; the necessity of middleware of two big wheels to increase the tension.

 

gamma version

Multiple motors to fully construct the node system of brain on all the faces. Pill the paper off the acrylic sheets so it’d be totally transparent. Could have multiple hand crank nodes as well so it will become a cooperative “thinking” system.

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Related posts

Concept Sketch, Process of Making.

 

Haunted House _{ Brothers’ Room }

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For the class Haunted House Final, which is a real haunted house held on the floor of ITP, Jonathan, Michelle and I created “Brothers’ Room“, depicting a tragedy happened between brothers and how the lived one is haunted by the guilt and grief.

 

Story

  • Pere and his brother died in an accident and arrived at this intermediate stage between life/death. Brother, feeling unconflicted, moved on to afterlife, but Pere stays out of guilt, because he’s responsible for his brother’s death.
  • Pere is haunted by himself.

 

Concept

  • The room is a representation of Pere’s mind.
  • Showing the loop of emotions
  • (1) sweet memory with brother
  • (2) scared of Brother’s death
  • (3) freaks out as Brother’s ghost showing up in the mirror
  • (4) guilty and asks for forgiving
  • back to (1)

 

Technique / Effects
–> Reflecting Pere’s emotions, the room reflects this with more intense light, sound, and walls shaking. At the climax, the man realizes he’s responsible for his brother’s death, the wall of the hidden room drops, and his brother appears in the 2-way mirror. The man sees him and cracks. Annnnd, start over!

  • DMX lights: controlled by Arduino, Tinker.it! DMX shield, and Max/Msp patch
  • Sounds / Music: controlled by Max/Msp patch
  • Burned scar of Brother: latex gel, tissues, and colors
  • Hidden Room Revealed: fabric and strings!

 

Script

 

Prep / Installation

 

Show Time

 

Other Scenes

 

Whole Crews 😀

 

How Does Your Instant Messaging Work?

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Click to access the web page!

For the final project of Understanding Network, we have to create something to explain / teach / pass on the knowledge relating to { networks }, and I choose Instant Messaging (IM) as my topic, since it’s so tightly tied to my life but I had little knowledge about how it works.

Click the pic above to access the webpage I made. Simple voice-over animation included!

 

 

M a r e

Description

“Are you sure you are awake? Are you sure you are not in a dream?”It’s a journey to embrace discomforts and explore the unknown. Maximizing the immersive experience with visual, audio, and physical interactions, Mare let users to challenge their comfort zone and take in the rare stimulus which exists in dreams but people often easily forget.

Keywords

VR, Oculus Rift, 3D, Arduino, Web, Motor

Official Website

{ Brain } – process of painfully crafting your idea

SO. Here’s the report of my { brain } automata making process.

First, prototype with cardboard. Laser cut 11 pieces of pentagons, and stick them together with my favorite tool – duck tapes.
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And endless steel wire bending.2014-11-23 22.56.04

 

Laser Cut transparent 3/16″ acrylic and build into dodecahedron  with hinges and machine screws.
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And mount the motor my pulley system!
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Things all sound easy but there are actually lot of painful struggling –>

  1. Pre drilling hole on small wood tube is hard. Crack easily.
  2. Rope has to be trimmed neatly or it will stuck with wires.
  3. Bad binding with wire and motor shaft. Asked magical Ben Light, ordered a shaft coupler to connect wire and DC motor.
  4. Have to relocation the motor. Should leave more space for the shaft side.
  5. Friction debugging nightmare…

SO. I’m really concerned about the possibility of finishing it before Final…. but whatever, I’ll keep working on it :DDDDD

 

[Stupid_Hackathon] Stupid Font

For the 3rd Stupid Shit No One Needs And Terrible Ideas Hackathon, I made three fonts:

  1. Stupid.ttf
  2. ReallyStupid.ttf
  3. Laura.ttf

Here to download the package and it’s of course free to use!

The idea for each one is:

  1. Hand tracing the most expensive font in the world. If user likes it, user will eventually buy the most expensive font in the world.stupidFont_1
  2. A really stupid font that when user types “I’m smart”, it shows “I’m stupid.” And also exchange + / -,  , / ., { / }, crossed out $ and ∞, etc.stupidFont_2
  3. For presenting artistic proposal for various projects. From now on, I don’t have to hand trace Times New Roman anymore.lauraFont

[ Mare ] – script for instructions

For Mare, I want to use audio as instructions to let users know what they should do in “the world”. And it’s my pleasure to have lovely Kate Godwin to be my instructor to comfort and lead users the way 😀

Here are some draft scripts of instructions. Basic lines to insert into Mare with Web Audio API to test with.

  • Hmm… It’s 3 AM. Why are you here, standing in black instead of being in bed?
  • Are you sure you are awake?
  • Hey (different kinds of)
  • You think you’re not sleeping.
  • Are you sure?
  • Please close your eyes. / Do you mind closing your eyes?
  • Calm down.
  • Don’t be afraid.
  • Just do as I do.
  • Louder?
  • See. Very easy.
  • ~ small singing 🙂 ~
  • Just let go.