TANGIBLE INTERFACES

 

01. BIG SPHERE

MY ROLE | Creator
TOOLS USED | JavaScript + node.js + Optical Sensor

I wanted a way to watch 360 video outside of a headset, and without clicking and dragging on a mouse, so that multiple people could experience it together in a way that feels immersive and seamless. My solution was a giant sphere that you rotate with your hands. Dave & Gabe studio lent me the sphere component. To turn it into a giant trackball, I took apart an optical mouse and placed it inside of the sphere's base, with the laser pointed at the ball. Rotating the physical sphere rotates the 360 video.


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02. ASSISTIVE MAT

MY ROLE | Co-Designer
TOOLS USED | Copper Tape + Arduino

An assistive mat made with Olivia Cueva that texts Olivia’s parents when her elderly live-in grandfather is on the move and may need an extra hand.

The mat uses conductive fabric to act as a giant switch, with an Arduino Moteino to send radio signals and an Adafruit Fona to send GSM text messages. 


03. GAME CONTROLLER WITH USB OUTPUT

MY ROLE | Designer + Creator
TOOLS USED | Laser Cutter + Arduino

This is a handheld controller for computer games. Four arcade buttons control the WASD keys, and a separate button controls the space bar. An Arduino MKR1000 enables the controller to act as an external keyboard. In user testing, I found that left-handed people needed to use an upside-down version of the WASD diamond. To solve this, I'd like to add a toggle switch to the top of the controller that flips the WASD diamond orientation to switch handedness.


04. RGB LIGHT PROTOTYPE

MY ROLE | Co-Creator
TOOLS USED | Arduino + NeoPixels + Potentiometers

I collaborated with Olivia Cueva on this prototype. We used an Arduino Uno, three potentiometers, two sewable NeoPixels, and two acrylic cylinders to diffuse the light. The circuit is housed in a cardboard box. Each potentiometer controls one color on the RGB scale. The prototype reminds me of Mike Kelley's resin Krypton sculptures.