Kristina You is a multidisciplinary designer based in New York, NY and a recent graduate from the ITP Program at NYU. Her practice focuses on UI/UX, interaction design, print design, and brand development.

︎︎︎Physical Computation

Week 3 Labs + Project 1 - Part 1/2

Part 1:

1. Lab: Tone Output Using An Arduino

Testing Speaker 

Playing Tones (Attempt)

*I experienced difficulty in getting the sensor to work with the speaker and getting a reading on the monitor.

2. Lab-Servo Motor Control with an Arduino

Part 2:

Project 1- Part 1/2

This project should demonstrate the following technical skills:
  • digital or analog input
  • PWM or tone output
  • Control of servomotors if you want to do something mechanical

For this project, I teamed up with Keer and Zoe to create a project that would work with relatively simple mechanisms and tell a story. We came up with the idea of utilizing sensors and motors to create a flower structure that would blossom and close as a reaction to the input. 

Possible Input Ideas: Some of the ideas that we came up with for the input of the device was using an FSR to create a box where people could contribute some of their belongings to ‘feed’ the flower, as well as noise detection, distance detection, or a series of buttons or knobs that could trigger the mechanism. We plan to try out some of these methods and figure out what would work best for interactions and also for our plot as well.

Possible Output Ideas: Essentially we would like to open and close the flower as a result of the input, possibly in stages as we aim to have multiple input methods incorporated into this project. We plan to attach the petals of the flower to the servo motor that would pull on the petals and ‘bloom’ once triggered by control. 

Housing for Device: We plan to house this device in a exhibitory box (possibly acrylic) where we could imitate the look of an actual garden or plant where the controllers would be hidden under the plant. The input methods would be attached to the exterior and we also aim to create a background that could also be triggered with the blossoming of the flower as well. The background would basically turn the stage of the device from day to night using LED lights attached to a cardboard. 

︎︎︎ Sketches produced by Keer during our first group meeting ︎︎︎


Last Updated:  April 9, 2023