Last week, cognitive science professor Carmel Levitan and I sat down with CDLR postdoc fellow, Wendy Hsu. Our mission was to try our hands at programming a couple of Arduino microcontrollers. Within the hour we had lights flashing and speakers chirping over a table festooned with multicolored wires and upended cardboard boxes.
Arduino combines hardware and software into a single platform, ready-made for technophiles without requisite computer skills or soldering guns. But the handy microcontroller isn’t just a plaything for hobbyists. Working with Movable Parts, Wendy has already built the technology into an art installation featured at CicLAvia. Volunteers climbed onto bikes fitted with Arduino boards programmed to sense changes in the rotational speed of the wheels. Impromptu...Read More