pcomp: ideas for the final

i’m interested in exploring physical, mechanical manifestations of digital processes. here are the two ideas i’m playing with:

1. an eyeball mounted to my laptop camera that tracks my motion and blinks. i’d use p5.js with the clmtrackr library to communicate serially with the arduino.

sources to review for building the eyeball mechanism:

 

eye muscles
eye muscles

2. a physical array. when you put different objects in the array, they’re represented visually in p5. there are a few ways this could work.

one way is to have a specific set of objects, each with a unique weight, where each weight corresponds to an object in p5. so p5 “knows” when you put a given object on the force sensor and draws the thing associated with that weight.

another, more interesting way, would use a laptop’s built-in camera to render, in p5, the object that you put in the array. i’m not sure where the interaction would come in. maybe certain object characteristics would trigger motors that shift the array, maybe with a conveyer belt. or maybe you would use a crank. i have always wanted to build something with a crank…

look at this beautiful thing
look at this beautiful thing

this project would be a neat (and much-needed, for me) way to spend time understanding how electricity becomes legible to computers and ultimately legible to humans. i think its conceptual strength would really depend on what kinds of objects you could physically place in the array.

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