Pilchuck Classes

Glass, Interaction, Workshop
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I have returned from Pilchuck in what was a busy and productive time for all.  The students were great and we all learnt so much from each other in what was a really collaborative and creative place.  Pilchuck was a totally unique experience and it is challenging to describe...

Playing Out with IoT

Research
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I have started a new position at Northumbria University, working as a research associate on the Playing out With IoT project.  The aim project aims to explore how kids (under 9's) can be supported and encouraged to play outside more.  I have been given the exciting task of designing and...

Dementia Lab Publication

Conference, Research
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Dementia Lab: The Role of Design publication has gone live.  Niels Hendriks, Andrea Wilkinson and Dirk Schoenaers have done a great job of bringing together contributions under the subheading, "Reflections on designing with and for people with dementia".  Importantly, the conference was less about academic contributions and more about personal reflections, as...

Capacitance: Toggle Brightness

Arduino, Code
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Some code for toggling the brightness of an LED using the Arduino capacitance touch library. For further information about using capacitance sensing with the Arduino see this related post. If you want more states, change the variable states (line 9) to a higher number and add additional if...

Capacitance Touch Library

Arduino, Code
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The CapTouch library for the Arduino allows you to use large resistors (1M-10M) to create simple capacitance sensors that can be used like buttons or to create more complex sensors like wheels and stroke sensors.  Official documentation of the library can be found here.  While the library works quite well,...