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This workshop is part of the ACADIA conference 2010.


Starting with Sensors and Interaction

Using Pd and Arduino to create real-time interaction. The combination of sensors and computers provide myriad opportunities for creating interactions. This workshop will introduce how to use computers and sensors to generate real-time interaction in the physical world with light and movement. Pd (aka Pure Data) will be introduced as a simple programming enviroment for real-time interaction. Arduinos running Firmata software will be used to interface to the sensors, electronics, servos, etc. This workshop will be a combination of short lectures, hands-on instruction, and unstructured time to work on learning and exploring with support of the instructor. While Pd is fairly easy to learn and designed for artists, familiarity with basic computer programming will be very beneficial. You will be able to apply the concepts learned in this course to a wide range of programming environments where Arduino / Firmata is supported, including Flash, Processing, and more.

We have the required electronics tools at the venue but your encouraged to make arrangements for purchasing the following kit: Students are also encouraged to bring additional hardware and/or tools they are interested in working with. Bring DMX lighting, LEDs?, projectors, etc. to experiment with real-time lighting control. Bring servos or motor controllers to experiment with motion. Bring accelerometers, rotary sensors; flex sensors, etc. to experiment with sensing motion. Bring basic architecture model making supplies to build a model to work with. We also recommend that you bring any electronics equipment you may have including a soldering iron and solder, wire strippers, helping hands, digital multimeter, etc.

Before the Workshop Starts

Workshop attendees are required to buy a physical computing kit from NYU's Bookstore. Or order online:

Before coming to the workshop, please download and install the software needed for the workshop: Pd-extended and Arduino. Both of these are free software, and run on Mac OS X, Windows, and GNU/Linux. If you have trouble with the installation, we will start off the workshop making sure everything has everything running.

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After the Workshop

There are many resources for you to follow up on what you have learned at this workshop. Both Pure Data and Arduino have vibrant and welcoming online community forums where you can ask any kind of question.


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