slowscreen — part two

update on the project Slowcreen

In the last article on Slowscreen I wrote about Pauline and I working on a much larger screen in order to display more complex shapes on the thermochromic cloth. We have spent a while sewing and soldering our various components and most of what we anticipated worked as expected. The schematics turned out to be accurate, except for a small detail on working with the MOSFETs (which I’ll mention in the corresponding caption).

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parametric 3d printing

Argentique 1
experimentations in parametric 3d printing

About a year ago, I got a great book on using the Kinect for art and design work : “Making Things See” by Greg Borenstein. This book gradually introduces working in Processing with the kinect infrared and rgb cameras, creating a point cloud in space and even tracking people and body gestures. The last chapter is dedicated to exporting STL files with a Makerbot 3d printer in mind.

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Slowscreen 1
thermochromic display of information

I’ve been working with Pauline Gourlet on this project for a few months now, and it’s finally nearing the end. This post is a short account of how this idea came to be, from the first rough circuits to silkscreen-printing the fabric and finally connecting and programming with arduino. Another post, one that is focused on actually using this display and exploring it’s potential in real-world situations with users is coming later.

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origami convention in Dijon

Just got back from an origami convention in Dijon, France. I first started getting involved with the MFPP — the french folders’ association — right after discovering Origami, about 9 years ago. I couldn’t make it to the last two annual meetings (in Angoulême and Carcassonne) so it was important for me to be there.

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“03/10/2011 13:46″,”lundi”,”MEMOIRE”

On October 3rd 2011, at 13h46, I was collecting material for my master thesis about the influence of mobile devices on our lives and our social environments. More precisely, I was working on the Quantified Self movement, i.e. people fascinated by gathering and analyzing mundane events from their lives in order to understand themselves better and possibly share their findings with the world. Even though this tendency to log oneself is much older than they are, smart mobile devices have become huge enablers and the epicenter of most lifeloggers (recent lifelogging devices like the Jawbone Up, Nike Fuelband or Fitbit Flex pretty much rely on smartphones to operate). Smartphones are actually so effective they are gradually getting us involved with lifelogging too, whether we want it or not.

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