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Light Behaviors

Posted in 10. Build the Hardest Part, 11. Project Final Reports on December 15, 2009 by Matt Z

Planar Pivoting (process origin – a mechanical automaton)

Mechanics (process)

matthew_lighting_behaviors_paper_MTI

Light Behaviors (final design)

Arduino Sketch: matthew_mtifinal_light_behavior

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Light and Motion project proposal

Posted in 9. Project Proposals on December 15, 2009 by Matt Z

Motion_light_project_proposal

Amusements

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2009 by Matt Z

Matt Zywica, Ray Yun, and Mehrdad Ghods
As individual vehicles, coupled, or grouped compositions, a person is suspended by a harness within a hub-less wheel. The internal surface of the wheel is a pressure pad that multiplies your running rate by a constant, proportionally accelerating and decelerating your vehicle. The multiplier allows you to move at high speeds. Race as competitors or work together as a team of connected hubs to maneuver through large obstacle courses by learning to use the power of inner and outer vehicles to allow turns.
Roller_Racing

Ray Yun, Mehrdad Ghods, and Matt Zywica
Generate the rotational speed of a Merry-Go-Round by lashing a whip. Whip your horse for a quick ride!
Horse_race

Wood and Wire

Posted in 6 Form & Motion on October 15, 2009 by Matt Z

Distance detection raises and lowers the pivot
The servo is quite fast, so the lowering motion is more like a drop, with the raising motion being quite delayed. I’ll have to work for more of a balance. Another solution would be to replace wire legs with a rigid material, but I was curious.

Sponge switch

Posted in 3. Digital Input-Output on October 4, 2009 by Matt Z

Arduino Sketch: matthew_dio_part2

Arduino Sketch: matthew_dio_part3

Arduino Sketch: matthew_dio_mashup

Shopping

Posted in 5. Treasure Hunt on October 3, 2009 by Matt Z

Flex sensor 4.5″ $12.95
http://www.hvwtech.com/products_view.asp?ProductID=1068&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Product+Search&utm_campaign=Product+Search+(Sep09)%22

2″ Stretch sensor $8.95
http://www.robotshop.us/images-scientific-2inch-stretch-sensor-2.html utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=jos

5′ El-wire $5.95
http://www.jab-tech.com/Mutant-Mods-El-Wire-Green-pr-3166.html

Alcohol sensor $4.50
http://www.cutedigi.com/product_info.php?products_id=4225

Miniature push-type solenoid $1.20
http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/SOL-118/MINIATURE-PUSH-TYPE-SOLENOID/1.html

Dual opposing solenoid (linear actuator) 54Ohms 24Vdc $7.00
http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/SOL-122/DUAL-OPPOSING-SOLENOID-LINEAR-ACTUATOR-/1.html

Fiber optic cable 10m $7.98
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=208940072&listingid=28534504

500 OHM Linear potentiometer $0.75
http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/TPL-502/500_OHM_LINEAR_POTENTIOMETER/-/1.html

Conductive fabric $12.95/lin ft
http://www.lessemf.com/fabric.html

Thermochromic powder 25g $54.99
http://www.paintwithpearl.com/chromics/blacktempchange/black_temperature_change_paint.htm

Nitinol .010″d $4.50
http://www.smallparts.com/Nitinol-Wire-SuperElastic-Nickel-Titanium/dp/B001DEIIU6/176-8286247-4741711?ie=UTF8&qid=1254531490&pf_rd_r=1T6V718M63EBTK50SYNJ&pf_rd_p=467590031&pf_rd_i=0&sr=1-1&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_m=AIUBT5HP6PMAF&pf_rd_t=301

Conductive paint 4oz $29.95
http://www.lessemf.com/paint.html

Neodymium magnets 25 for $4.75
http://www.kjmagnetics.com/products.asp?cat=17

Copper tape 108linear ft $4.25
http://www.delphiglass.com/index.cfm?page=itemView&itemSYSid=126678&source=froogle

Non-mercury tilt switch $1.90
http://www.electroniccity.com/shopping/pricelist.asp?prid=924

Peltier Junction 40mm 84 watt $19.95
http://www.anartik.com/peltier72watt.html

Light Box

Posted in 4. Analog Input-Output on September 29, 2009 by Matt Z

Arduino Sketch: matthew_aio_pulse

Arduino Sketch: matthew_aio_mix

Arduino Sketch: matthew_aio_pulsemix

Arduino Sketch: matthew_aio_prvalues