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Cut a Rug in the Dance Shanty

Cut a Rug in the Dance Shanty

The Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN “is a four-week exhibition that is part sculpture park, part artist residency, and part social experiment, inspired by traditional ice fishing houses that dot the state’s lakes in winter.” Jordan Husney helped out with the Dance Shanty, “an innocuous white structure on a frozen lake, […]

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Instrumenting a 28-story NYC Apartment Building with Sensors

Instrumenting a 28-story NYC Apartment Building with Sensors

The students in our NYU ITP Sensitive Buildings class presented terrific final projects last Tuesday. They spent their Fall making the most of a unique opportunity to invent prototypes for large-scale sensor/device networks, then tested out their creations in a landmark 28-story apartment building on New York’s Columbus Circle. The property owners had invited ITP to develop a variety of prototypes to enhance the livability, ecology and community of their building. Here’s what the students delivered in their first round

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Getting Started with XBee Internet Gateway (XIG)

The XBee Internet Gateway (XIG) is a Python script for Digi’s ConnectPort wireless to ethernet gateway which lets you connect your XBee wireless modules to the internet fairly easily. Jordan Husney, lead programmer of the XIG project, has started releasing a series videos all about XIG and what you can do with it. In the first video, Jordan introduces XIG and walks through the process of setting up the gateway. The XIG is also discussed in Rob Faludi’s Building Wireless Sensor Networks and is a core component of my own Networked On Air Light project. If you’re looking for a way to put your project online using wireless mesh networking, be sure to check out XIG.

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Networked On Air Light for Streaming Broadcasters

Networked On Air Light for Streaming Broadcasters

In true spirit, Make: Live is very much a DIY production. Instead of tripods, we use zip ties to mount webcams to chairs and we jury rig an old monitor to act as our prompter. Along those lines, I decided to create an on air light to indicate when we’re broadcasting. While I could have […]

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BeeSim Game Using LilyPad and XBee

BeeSim Game Using LilyPad and XBee

To teach children about complexity theory, a group from Indiana University created an electronic game called BeeSim using LilyPad Arduinos and XBee radios: During the game children wear a Bee puppet wrist band with embedded electronics to allow for game play. The children have a finite amount of time (45 seconds) to collect and deposit […]

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