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DeskLights 2.0

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The desk receives event notifications over the network and alters its color and pattern to provide those notifications to the user. The combination of color and location can be used to communicate a wide variety of information. Simple flashes of different colors inform me of new e-mail, phone, or chat... Read more »

Sun Logger

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A data logger is a device that is left to run for long periods of time, making regular measurements of external sensors. We’ll be using the Arduino microcontroller and a homemade “shield” (an Arduino accessory board) to create a device that gathers data on light-brightness in an area and how... Read more »

A Touchless 3D Tracking Interface

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In this project, we’ll take a very simple idea — the length of time it takes a capacitor to charge — and make something rather amazing with it: a 3D interface that can track the position of your hand. The original implementation of this project comes from media artist Kyle... Read more »

Using a Kinect as an Infrared Camera

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The Kinect is a peripheral for the Xbox 360 console that allows a user to interact with the Xbox 360 without touching a controller. A general description of the Kinect is that it is a depth camera. This means that you can place objects in front of it, and it... Read more »

IR Jammer Kit

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These directions were adapted from alan-parekh.com. The IR Jammer project is microcontroller-based; what this means is there is a small self-contained computer that controls the unit. The IR Jammer will cause most infrared remote controls to stop working. This means that you could prevent someone from changing the TV channel... Read more »