Physical Computing


The Power Sleeve for Tetris by Student

This project of wearable technology is a sleeve able to control the game Tetris. By moving your wrist left and right you can move the pieces, by closing the fist you make it rotate and by opening your arm you make it fall.

The sleeve is connected to an Arduino which interprets the signals and controls a USB gamepad to finaly control a Super NESS emulator installed on the computer.

The power sleeve is made only with conducting textiles and conducting threads.

The part that was the most difficult to master was the streaching sensor on the wrist because we had to recalibrate them quite often.

Video of the Power Sleeve working :

Picture of the Power Sleeve with team 13 :
Power Sleeve for Tetris

Eric Hauchecorne for the group 13



Arduino contest by Student
October 5, 2009, 8:44 pm
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The deadline for entering is November 15th, after the mini project is done. The only rules are to use an Arduino (and any hardware you would like) and write an instructable of it.

Read more here Arduino contest.

It would be cool if all groups using an Arduino joined the competition.

By: Linda Nilsson, group 1


Green DIY by Student
September 20, 2009, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: , , ,

If you are anything like me you love having living plants around you, however I am terrible at remembering to water them. At the same time I am almost constantly online and rarely miss a twitter update. Luckily there is a way of combining the two, let your plant twitter when it needs water!

There areĀ  at least two way of achieving this. The first i know of is to buy a Botanicalls kit from for example think geek or to build your own!

Thirst_E_Plant by jasonconley at flickr

Thirst_E_Plant by jasonconley at flickr

There is a tutorial at http://www.botanicalls.com/archived_kits/twitter/ and anyone taking the physical computing course might be happy to know that it uses the Arduino (amongst other things) to send its updates. I have not tried to build this myself yet but I will most likely try it in the future.

Do you use any physical computing related DIY’s to make your life simpler?

by Linda Nilsson, group 1