Two project presentations 15.12. in Helsinki and some media attention.

Hi.

Sound Gloves is shown in Media Lab demo day (Lasipalatsi), more info:

http://mlab.taik.fi/news/2011/12/07/media-lab-demo-day-15-12-2011/#more-445

Brainwise is shown in Digitaalisen Bisneksen Pikkujoulut, Kaapelitehdas, more info:

http://digihubi.posterous.com/helsinkin-digitaalisen-busineksen-pikkujoulut

 

 

Some media attention about course and MUUmaanantai demo event in finnish media:

http://www.tekniikkatalous.fi/innovaatiot/aaltoyliopisto+pukee+paalle+elektroniikkaa/a734019

http://www.prosessori.fi/uutiset/uutinen2.asp?id=58744

http://www.pixelache.ac/helsinki/2011/the-wearable-electronics-course-presentation-5-12/

 

…if there are more project presentations or media coverage, please share them also here. 🙂

Wearable Electronics course presentations – MUU Gallery 5.12.

Electronics and sensors allow artists to create interactive smart garments that produce sound and images in reaction to movement. They sense and communicate with the environment and the user, and may react to them. In some cases the garment is in connection with the Internet and exchanges information based on the data it has measured.

As the term ‘wearable’ suggests, these interactive artworks are carried by the user and in bodily connection with him or her.

The Wearable Electronics course has been organised during autumn 2011 in collaboration between Aalto University School of Art and Design, and MUU Artists’ Association. The participants who come from a variety of backgrounds such as new media, costume design, textile design, fine art and performing arts have been encouraged to create their own visions of wearable technology. They have worked in teams to carry out their ideas based on the Arduino development platform.

Welcome to experience these six unique projects – to see them in use and even to try some of them on.

Place: MUU Gallery (Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki)
Time: Monday 5.12. at 17-19

https://www.facebook.com/events/300408899982579/

Organised by MUU Artists’ Association and Aalto University

Teachers: Tomi Dufva and Jukka Hautamäki, and visiting lecturer Meg Grant

 

 

haptic motion communication

A few links about manipulating muscles with electric pulses…

Here is the Dutch artist I mentioned who experimented on himself:
http://www.iaaa.nl/ae/artifacial/index.html

An idea of how it looked:
http://www.iaaa.nl/artex/varwin.html

His safety tips:
http://artifacial.org/safety

The device he recommends using is called a “TENS” device.  You can buy them on amazon!  This would be a great way to safely experiment with the technique throwing people off-balance.

About group collaboration.

I thought it might be good to give you some hints to collaborate online with your group. There is a plethora of different ways to do this, and whatever you find that suits your interests best is probably best for you. And then best way of course is to see in Real Life.
Anyway, I have found out that google docs is a pretty nice way to sketch out ideas together. It allows many people working on the document at the same time, and with comments it’s easy to have discussions on the side. It’s a simple and obvious choice, but it works.
For mind mapping there is again many choices, but if you want free and online then mindmeister might be worth a check. On mac you can get some nice mind map software for free or at low price from the ac app store just by searching mind maps. They can even sync to your iOS device. I guess something like that exists too in the Android world.
Also when making the mind map and when you have some rough idea sketched, it’s good to start mind mapping the techniques you might need in your work. What kind of sensors/actuators I might need. What kind of programming this project needs. If your projects connects to the internet, then you probably need to do some web programming too, and that is good to notice and add to your work list. So when you have done mapping these, you have some idea of what is needed for your work and you can start learning and requesting these topics from us too.
So I hope these get you started and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.