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Drawing machine, prototype

A drawing machine

I have a couple of ideas in mind that involve a drawing machine, so I wanted create one as a final project for our physical computing class. In post I’ll explain the technical side of the project. I’ll talk about my motivation for building such a thing in a later post.

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Live Radio –Phew!

OK, so I have been developing the work around the live radio over the last month. When I say last “month”, you assume that I am now done with three radio projects instead of one, but unfortunately, that’s not quite the case. My main interest in this project is to create a complete system composed of sound transmitters and receivers that are mobile and work efficiently together.

I have been following the checklist I set for myself on the last post, which starts by shrinking the circuit. Before I start, I should tell you that I did a lot of miles in this project. Distance miles. Went to the airport twice to pick up my DHL shipments, where in theory I paid for a door to door delivery, then ended up skateboarding between airport terminals. :)

Back to shrinking the circuit, I ordered AtTiney84 from Farnell (and picked it up from UPS office in Hospitalet!). The pieces are really tiny as you see on the left of the right picture, but they don’t support all arduino functions, which is what I discovered after getting them. Of course! So my other alternative was to use the Atmega328P, which is the same chip of the arduino.

uploading sketch to standalone chip

Board and shield I don’t have enough expertise in any of these details, but the web is a blessing. Check MIT references here and and arduio pages. So, I burnt the bootloader for the new chips using 2 arduinos, then wired the chip on a breadboard and uploaded sketches using arduino as ISP. Those are very interesting and cheap methods (since we don’t use and external programmer) for programming the chips. Then I tested the transmission pieces with the receiver pieces and they work together perfectly. For a newbie, that was a lot of learning and loots of troubleshooting! But awesome, now I can save size and money (the chip is 2.5 EUR while an arduino is 25 EUR! –big difference) and run the piece independently using 2 (3V) batteries. So that operation is done and tested, I needed to complete soldering the standalone board with the FM shield, and pack this is a nice 3D printed casing.

Quick render of the case

The printing thing took me over a couple of days of troubleshoot, and logistic problems, and other random stuff, so for the final presentation, realistically, I don’t think I will be able to finish those pieces (still need to solder the boards as well!), but I made a quick up mock up using polypropene, to give an idea of how this should look like notice the parabola at the microphone outlet, I would like to test this idea in the future using different geometries and materials.

Unfinished 3d prints

So for the demo, I guess, I will build a unit for the receiver, and keep the transmission units arduino dependent, just to illustrate the idea. I would have loved to finish everything . . . but time is fast. :)

Reception unit

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Beat Glove Proto_2- Wifly Osc

P1015305 from rafael vargas on Vimeo.

P1015315 from rafael vargas on Vimeo.

Glove osc Update from rafael vargas on Vimeo.

The drum gloves comes from the idea of converting movements and sounds from physical and electronic instruments into a portable ‘surface free’ sound producer. Instead of hitting a specific surface with your fingers that outcomes in some type of sound, the  drum gloves will provide you with surfaces will be on your fingers. The concept is that when you wear the gloves, you can hit any surface and produce midi signals that can be sent to your mobile phone, tablet or computer and use any virtual instrument. Assign some instruments and start playing.

Changes made for the final

Smaller components were needed. Also to get rid of the cable that goes to the computer. Arduino Fio solves those problems. It’s small and you can connect a 3v lithium battery to it. The wi-fly adds the capability of communication via Osc Protocols with any device that can handle it: Computers, tablets, mobiles. . .

Now, this time the prototype needed a smaller circuit board because the glove is smaller. A custom circuit board was milled @ the fablab for that.

The code got a lot more complicated than with the waveshield. Osc packets had to be send via wifi using the ip addres of the device that was going to be targeted. To test messages were sent to max msp. These messages  had to be activated  by the pressure in the finger sensors.

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