My PhyCom Final Project, Smart Architectural Toy is a collection of architectural units to play around by placing the units on a grid, a board.
My Awesome Partner: Meg Studer
I: It is said that the first chess was created by a monk in order to stop starting a war by the king who loved starting a war. Chess was a tool to simulate a real world, and also a tactile tool for ‘thinking’ which have iconic elements on the figures.
II: An artist, also an architect, Guy Debord led Situationist International created a battle game called Game of War. He recreated the rules of the battle and applied spacial elements in the figures.
III: One of the interesting points of chess can be its figure. It changes story of the board, giving cultural interpretation of a story of the game. Up to our modern times, creators have made a number of different sorts of figures. Once they place skylines of two cities, it starts a dialogue between two cities as well as enjoying the game. If the figures comprise interior features, it starts a spacial argument. It’s ‘s spacial conversation’ of the two players.
VI: My proposal is to create a smart architectural toy which allows to make a conversation between the two players in distance with time gap even by the same player as well as allowing the players to develop spacial language.
V: It will connect the players’ coincidental story behind making ‘a space which contains a number of narration in generating the combinations’.
VI: The players make conversations for past and future by accidentally make the same combinations as the past. Suddenly, it becomes ‘a key’ to open a memory container of their experiences with the toy, their friends, the places.
WIP: Physical Computing…! Here is the diagram.
The schematic drawing
Here is our 3D model!
Here is our progress, wiring
The test model with copper tape…didn’t work well..is that because of copper? We need a help!
We finally got the values yet it was a bit strange so we booked an office hours…Hope the problem will be easy to solve…!
The mechanism itself was fine. The copper tape didn’t seem it worked..?
NOTE from the user testing today:
-design the feedback system(lighting design, maybe, adding sounds)
-give a restriction to save ‘a space'(it means adding extra buttons.. like ‘school’, ‘church’, etc….to actually talk with
-scale out the units(too simple units)
-check the code with only circuit
Thank you very much for people gave us a lot help and suggestions in my class! (although I was kind of terrible to give them back…)
*the user test…