Electronics book revised

As I couldn’t finish my final Field project and managed to deliver only a basic prototype of my final idea, I wanted to further improve it. This is what this post is all about.

Briefly, what I worked on was a book with electronics interactions included on its pages. An Arduino micro controller was hidden in the base of it to make these interactions possible.

Picture of Paper Electronics: Conductive Paints, Inks, and More
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A bite of Fab Lab (Reflection)

 

Being involved in the Fab Field 10 weeks project gave me an insight into the wide range of opportunities offered by the Fab Lab. It was a challenging, exciting and rewarding experience, which provided me with a skill set and knowledge in electronics, laser cutting, 3d printing and further expanded my creative thinking.

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Final Project

For my final project I decided I will make an interactive book that has parts in it that are sensitive to touch/light/…/.  Why I liked this idea is because it is achievable with my current knowledge in electronics/lasercutting, but it is also relevant to my practise as a Graphic Designer.  Initially when I started thinking about what my final project would be, I got really scared due to the limited amount of knowledge I have in the area. When I looked at other projects completed in the FabLab they seemed impossible to me. At the same time I did not want to settle for less, and that made the situation a bit stressful. The idea of making a book sounds great and full of opportunities to me. Not only will I be able to practice what I have learnt in the FabLab, but also relate it to what I usually do – which I think is pretty interesting because I have not seen many works of graphic design with electronics included – this is something I believe I will start doing more in the future.

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Week 6: Laser Cutting

In the presentation there were some really intriguing examples that I was impressed by. For example, there was a book that was laser-cut as a face, some cool textbooks, designer noris for sushi, food, paper, metal and so on. It is impressive how many different applications laser cutting has. Last year I attended a laser cutting workshop so I am more or less informed about the way it works.

 

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Week 5: CAD (Computer Aided Design)

In week 5 we took a look at computer aided design and more particularly at the different software that is used.

CAD Design can be :

  • 2D – a flat image
  • 2,5D – an image with an amplitude – a 2D image that looks like a 3D
  • 3D – a three dimensional image that contains information about axis x,y,z (height, width, depth)

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Week 4: Output/Input devices

In week 4 we took a look at the different components that can be used within an Arduino circuit. There are output and input devices where :

  • Input devices read the environment (digital inputs/analogue inputs) sensors, buttons, etc.
  • Output devices are actuators that transform the data received by Input devices to voltage and show result/ interact with the viewer (LEDs, speakers, etc.)

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