Students/Uyen Nguyen

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Hello, I'm Uyen, ICAM major. I'm taking this class as a requirement for my major. What lead me to ICAM was my interest in both computer science and graphic design. As I am going through this major, I have found many interesting things about art and technology, and also the way they connect together in almost every thing in our life today.


Final Project

My final project is actually different from what I proposed couple weeks ago. It is a colorful light box. I used Arduino to control the duration time bliking, and the order of blinking on each LED light bulb. The Arduino also connects to a photoresistor sensor to control the brightness and the blinking time delay of the whole LED’s set up.

The concept of this piece is more about artistic display of night flowers, especially epiphyllous, a kind of flowers that bloom for a single night only. The piece itself explores the ideas about day, night, light, flowers, and beauty through electronic. It is the combination between nature and technology.

Through the photoresistor sensor, when the light outside is dark, the light on each flower will be bright and blinking in sequence. The background light is also changing. However, when the light from outside is bright, like daytime, the flower lights will stop blinking and the brightness of the flowers lights does down.

Unfortunately, today as the day I will present my project, my freeduino board got burnt and stopped working in the morning. I can no longer use Arduino for my project. For now, I just put the whole set up with LEDs without interacting with the sensor or blinking lightshow. I still post the Arduino code that I had put together the past couple days, so you can understand what I intend to do, and how the project actually worked before the board was damaged.


int timer = 100;

void setup() {

   Serial.begin(9600);
 for (int thisPin = 2; thisPin < 9; thisPin++)  {
   pinMode(thisPin, OUTPUT);      
 }

}

void loop() {

 int sensorReading = analogRead(2);
 // print the sensor reading so you know its range
 Serial.println(sensorReading);
 int thisRange = map(sensorReading, 1, 50000, 1, 50000);
 // loop from the lowest pin to the highest:
       byte brightness = thisRange;
       
 for (int thisPin = 2; thisPin < 9; thisPin++) { 
   
      analogWrite(thisPin, brightness);
      
 }
   
 for (int thisPin = 2; thisPin < 9; thisPin++) { 
   // turn the pin on:
   digitalWrite(thisPin, HIGH);   
   delay(thisRange*3);                  
   // turn the pin off:
   digitalWrite(thisPin, LOW);  
   analogWrite(thisPin, brightness);  
 }
 // loop from the highest pin to the lowest:
 for (int thisPin = 9; thisPin >= 2; thisPin--) { 
   // turn the pin on:
   digitalWrite(thisPin, HIGH);
   delay(thisRange*3);
   // turn the pin off:
   digitalWrite(thisPin, LOW);
   analogWrite(thisPin, brightness);
 }

}




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Final1.jpg

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Final2.jpg

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Final3.jpg

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Final4.jpg

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Final6.jpg



Midterm Project

For the midterm project, I made a light box. The idea about this light box is using light as an element to emphasize on the sense of city light. Collaborating this idea with the switch, I want to make a light box that when it turns on, it will brighten up a transparency city landscape picture. The switch is actually the top part of the box, so when the box open, the whole circuit is closed and light turn on, when the box close then the circuit open and the light turn of.

About the concept, since this project is about switch, I was thinking about what a switch usually related to. Usually, the concept about switch goes together with technology and electronic. The place where people can think the most about electric and technology are cities. When the sun goes down, and night comes, every one turns the switches to turn on their lights. A typical feeling about city life is a place where the light never goes off, and it can be seen clearly especially at night. Working on the project, my original idea was to create multiple little building models by paper and but the little light bulbs inside each of them to create a little city. However, I did not have enough those little light bulbs, so I decided to create a very contrast city image in black and white and print them on a transparency paper, then put the light under the image as the background to light up and show the image clearly. The materials that I used were mostly paper, circuit board, two light bulbs, and electric wire. It was a very simple switch project, but I think it was very interesting to work on it. After this project, I will probably display it in my room as a decoration light. To improve this project, I think I would make it again by using better material because paper is not a very reliable material to work with light heat and electricity. It could get burn easily if I am not careful. Also, the image can be replaced and print on better material. After all, after this project, I would love to work on it more and create more interesting features for this light box.

Diagram
Before turn on
After turned on by opening the box