Physical Computing

Tic-Tac-Toe by Student
October 23, 2009, 8:19 pm
Filed under: Projects

This portable tic-tac-toe game is Group 12’s miniproject in the Physical Computing course 2009.


by Student
October 23, 2009, 3:02 pm
Filed under: Labs, Projects

miniproject: Group 7

Hot ChocLED!merged


Do you always burn your tongue on a fresh brewed coffee because you’re in a hurry? Do you forget your hot drink often and experience the “special” taste of cold coffee then? The solution for this problems is called hot chocLED. Just plug hcLED to your computerUSB or to another power supply and place your drink on it. HcLED will light up. The colour shows you if your drink is cold (blue), warm (yellow) or hot (red). The heat is conducted via aluminium foil to a LM35 temperature sensor. The signal of the sensor is interpreted with an arduino that switches the light on and off concerning the actual state. The spot for placing your glas or cup is a bit soft to adapt as good as possible to the container for the best possible heat conduction. HcLED is very light, easy to use and fits in almost every modern kitchen. The USB port can be used to enhance hcLED by everybody because the hot chocLED software is open source. So stay tuned for the processing user interface or for the hcLED twitter app ;D.

Hot chocLED is the miniproject of Naghmeh, Suvash, Diogo and Alex (Group 7).


Super Mario Game-hack-ed ! by Student
October 23, 2009, 2:35 am
Filed under: Game Hacks, Labs, Projects

This project involved hacking into a Logitech Gamepad, which would be controlling the Super Mario game character in a computer ( emulated inside a Nintendo Game Emulator ). Instead of directly using the gamepad, wearable sensors/switches were made which connected to an Arduino, which in turn then controlled the gamepad using a hack in the circuit.

We(Group 7) fabricated two bands which could be worn over elbows or knees as preferred and two switches which were intended to be place inside shoes. Bending the elbows/knees would move the Mario in either directions, while the other two buttons performed the “Fire” and “Jump” action.

Below is a video in action…

Super Mario Game-hack-ed ! on Vimeo

Below are few images of the sensors that were created for the prototype to work.

Controllers/sensors created for the prototype

Controllers/sensors created for the prototype

Our group (No. 7) consisted of Naghmeh Taghavi Nejad Deilami, Diogo Laginha Machado, Alexander Neumann and Suvash Keshari Thapaliya.
Group 7, All smiles.....

AIRduino Guitar by Student
October 20, 2009, 5:55 pm
Filed under: Projects

The AIRduino Guitar is a wearable virtual guitar controlled with your hands much like a real guitar.

It uses ultra sonic sensors to measure the distance between the hands, and an accelerometer to simulate a string.

// Group 11

“Doll House” by Student
October 20, 2009, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Projects

“The Interactive Doll House”

This doll house is an interactive toy for kids, any gender, any age! The house is divided to 2 floors and 4 different rooms. Bedroom, living room, kitchen and hobby/music room. Kids can experience real life in their doll house by putting their dolls in any parts of the house. They can learn more about the real life in this way. For instance by putting the doll on the bed the curtain will drop and the light will go off. Or whenever the doll is in front of the TV, it will be on and vice versa. The same stories in the other parts of the house happens. They can listen to music as well when the doll is in the hobby room. There is a switch embeded in the bed which is connected to the servo motor ( for moving ┬áthe curtain) and turn on or off the bedroom light. In the other rooms there are IRs which can detect the doll’s presence. Totally it would be fun for children even for adults to play with a completely intelligent doll house…

Designed and implemented by Group # 8 (Physical Computing 2009) as their Mini project.

Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote hacks by Student

“Researcher Johnny Lee, became a YouTube star with his demo of Wii Remote hacks, demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.” text borrowed from TED

The reason why I chose this great talk from TED is, it’s a very good example of how a simple hacking project can turn into a commercial product.

Via TED Talks

A.Naci Altinbas / Group 10

Huggable Lily by Student
October 17, 2009, 4:01 pm
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‘Huggable Lily’ is an interactive flower, made to cheer you up when you feel a little low.

The flowerpot has two temperature sensors attached to it sides which, when heated up, will start a servo motor which will push the stem of the flower upwards. Three sets of LEDs are attached to the top of the flower, which will light up, one after another, as the stem is raised.

Made by: Group 2