VizProto Class

VizProto (3D Visualization and Rapid Prototyping) Class (class website)

Instructors: Dan Collins and Arius Elvikis

Spring 2008, Arizona State University

This is a studio about computer visualization, modeling, and rapid prototyping in an interdisciplinary manner.

Projects will include:

A. Benchmarks
-3D Laser Scanning
2008-01-30: Sarah Hatton and I scanned a pincushion and a ball of yarn.
Laser Scanning
the resulting pincushion model

Laser Scanning
The resulting yarn model

-3D Modeling
2008-01-29: I did my first Rhino tutorial: a flashlight.

My first 3D model

-Rapid Prototyping
3D printed ring

B. Team Projects
-Data Capture
Presentation on Low-tech spacial data capture with Alex Schlegeldownload PDF

-Visualization and Modeling
Presentation on Patterns with Sarah Hatton and Byron Lahey

C. Final Project
-Proposal: RFID Jewelry

Problem Space: RFID tags are currently used by artists in interactive installations and for protypical office and home devices to identify unique individuals. These projects show a great deal of consideration for embeddedness in their environments in true ubiquitous fashion. However, the RFID tags used to identify these individuals are clumsy and unattractive. An example keyfob tag:

Proposal: I would like to embed small flat and glass ampoule RFID tags in attractive resin rings, pendants, and other jewelry that can bring these identification systems closer into alignment with the systems with which they are meant to interact. These systems are highly dependant on the wearability of these tags. Specifically, hand held devices with small, short-range RFID readers would benefit from the tag being located on the hand in a ring as opposed to in a bracelet. As beautiful handmade technological artifacts, I believe these pieces will have commercial value on the online handmade marketplace Etsy. I would model the form of the jewelry in software, rapid prototype for form, make a mold, and cast the items in resin/lucite, embedding the tags while the material is still liquid.
Small glass ampoule tag:

Prior work: RFID bracelets:

RFID bracelet

Design inspiration/precedents by Etsy sellers poolballrings and studiostebbylee:

Work in Progress: Ring Model in Solidworks:


3D print:
3D printed ring


Phoenix Indie Craftorama this Saturday


Local event plug: I’ll be at the Phoenix Indie Craftorama this Saturday from 10-4 representing Craft Magazine (mags, box sets, t-shirts, etc.), and there will be book signings, demos, and crafts for sale and giveaways from all the fantastic craft collectives around Phoenix. The Crafty Chica has organized the whole thing and I’m sure it’ll be loads of fun!

Groups include:
The Phoenix Fridas
The Phoenix Craft Mafia
The AZ Crafty Burritos
Las Bandidas del Arte
Conspire Phoenix
The Purdy Girls
Calaca Cultural Co-op
and me for Craft Magazine

Saturday, April 26th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Phoenix Duck and Decanter, 1651 E. Camelback Road

LilyPad Embroidery added to Projects, see it in person

I just finished up a first composition using the LilyPad Arduino, entitled “LilyPad Embroidery: A Tribute to Leah Buechley.” Check it out over at the project page, and/or come see it in person this Friday at 7 at the Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe, AZ.

LilyPad Embroidery

LilyPad Embroidery: A Tribute to Leah Buechley

Floss, electronics, conductive thread, custom software

I’ve been working with Leah Buechley’s LilyPad Arduino, and in true embroidery sampler fashion, have composed this circuit to see what I could do. The embroidery uses traditional floss and techniques mixed with lights and sounds generated by the onboard software. The amount of light sensed by the sensor changes the speed and pitch of the lights and sounds generated. Move your shadow or hand over it to experience the changes.

A video:

LIlypad Embroidery

Lilypad Embroidery

More photos are available on Flickr.

Compubody Socks or Knitted Body-Technology Interfaces

Body-Laptop Interface

I just added this to the Projects page:
I’ve been working on a project where I knit sweaters to go from gadgets to your body. They’re supposed to be a fun commentary on how attached and concentrated on technology we are, and to highlight the lack of movement that happens when we’re engrossed in our laptops, keyboards, PDAs, etc. I plan on making many more, and would be curious what ideas fellow crafters and technologists might have for different iterations. the one pictured above is for privacy, warmth, and concentration in public spaces while using a laptop.

The Laptop Compubody Sock is a one-of-a-kind hand-knit sculpture. It is not a commercial product for sale.

Body-Technology Interfaces

Laptop Compubody Sock for privacy, warmth, and concentration in public spaces
Knitted wool, laptop computer

The Laptop Compubody Sock is a one-of-a-kind hand-knit sculpture. It is not a commercial product for sale.

Learn to make your own on Instructables.

See more pictures on Flickr.

Cell Phone Ski Mask Interface

Cell Phone Ski Mask

Ski Mask for Eating a Sandwich

Ski Mask for Eating a Sandwich

Body-Technology Interfaces

Keyboard Interface for Computer Programming

Press: Featured on Engadget, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and Regretsy.


New Publications at CHI

I recently had two short papers published at the SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems (CHI) in Florence, Italy. My colleague Lisa Tolentino went to present our poster on the Sensor Squid Relation Game. One paper focused more on the squid, entitled Sharing the Squid: Tangible Workplace Collaboration (download PDF) and the other focused more on the game and overarching situation, entitled Creativity Interventions: Physical-Digital Activities for Promoting Group Creativity (download PDF). Above is a picture of Lisa talking about the project at the conference. Photos by fellow attendee Ryan Spicer.