While trying to get the bounce feature to work properly in the mystify sketch I was writing, I realized while working on the orbiting sketch that I could use sine waves as an alternative to having boolean switches that ticked on and off when the x or y coordinates increased past the canvas boundaries. What resulted is a more fluid dynamic that pretty mesmerizing. I also added the function of adding points when left-clicking and removing points when right-clicking.
Taking what I learned from the original version of the orbiting bodies sketch, I set out to multiply the number … More
This is the first stab at making a sketch that shows multiple particles orbiting around a single point. I’m partially inspired by the talk by Carter Emmart and also inspired by the visualizations in Interstellar. I’m also fascinated by particle movements that are defined by mathematical equations, like orbital dynamics. Finally, I wanted to see if I could fake something that looks 3D while only using 2-dimensional math.
Our first assignment in Sound and Video was to develop a “sound walk” that would provide an audio track that augments or enhances a journey through a particular space. One of the restrictions was to limit it to places in the Tisch Building. Obviously, we chose to make it about where you can take a serious nap.
How have our lives changed since the advent of the computer age? What if this question had already been answered in the first decade of the 20th Century? Written at a time when computers were still considered people, E. M. Forster wrote a short story that presaged our current condition of screen addiction, social media frenzy, and the resulting feelings of isolation.
A seemingly simple task, we were required to create a switch in a circuit. Already, I began to think of layers of functionality that I could work into this assignment, but I decided to keep this one simple. I managed to play around with a few of the different components we were required to purchase for our physical computing class. Among the shopping list included a pressure sensor, a potentiometer, and a tilt sensor.
Now that I got the pesky design and planning part out of the way, I launched right in. I picked up a handsome half-sheet of birch ply and drove it over to the Tisch Building. Already off to a great start!
The challenge on this project was to create a set of 5 identical items. I decided to make 5 boxes of a fairly innocuous size, 4″x6″. As an ITP student, I have plenty of pieces of things (mostly from physical computing) and some extra storage couldn’t hurt.
Inspired by our Computational Media professor’s lecture on arcs and ellipses and her sketch of a Pac Man, I just had to figure out how to animate it.