So, I’ve officially begun my sabbatical and with that comes the beginning of a new project I’m entitling “Flow.” In the next post, I’ll try to detail more of the planning, but for this one, let’s talk about what I made today.
Above, you’ll see the infrared (IR) LED contraption I’m making, which will eventually be mounted to a glove that I’ll be wearing while actually working on the project. The goal with this portion is to track the movements of my hand (the process of mark-making) — capturing the data for use in derivative pieces.
After seeing Johnny Chung Lee’s Wiimote Whiteboard project, I was driven to use the following components to accomplish my goal:
- Nintendo Wiimote for IR LED tracking
- AZiO BTD603-132 USB 2.0 BlueTooth Adapter, which uses the Toshiba Bluetooth stack — aparently the best for making the most of the Wiimote
- Battery-powered IR LED mounted on my hand to represent the gestural motion
- A Java-based library for capturing the IR LED point data (currently leaning toward WiiuseJ)
The final IR LED assembly (pre-glove-mounted) looks like this:
Now, I’ve never done anything with electronics, so this is my first encounter with a soldering iron, solder, resistors, ohms, amps, and volts. But, with some help from Instructables (check out LEDs for Beginners) and a current resisting calculator, things came together within an hour.
And here I am doing a goofy demo of what came of the afternoon: