week 2 – Labs
Physical computing is the kind of computing that I was least dreading while embarking on this some what mad adventure. It is also the medium I think is going to carry over the most to my real one, that of a Fashion Design Prof.
that is why I am excited about getting how electronics work and then how they work when they have micro-controllers connected to them.
So let’s get going, at first I simply followed the basic labs, understanding the terminology (I must confess I don’t yet remember by hart the names of which European guy stands for which variables). I do understand the need to always understand where the voltage is flowing and the need to regulate it on it’s way. the fact that at the end all this energy needs to be unloaded etc.
these are some images from different scenarios I tested (measuring V along the way).
Measuring DC output as I go along
Circuit works!! but something is troubling me, why is the LED reading a Usage of 1.9 (I think it should be 2.2)?
It might be that the resistor is taking too much of the power? I tried to figure out and calculate with the color coding on the resistor but I can’t say i was very successful with that.
More labs, including connecting switches, in this case buttons in parallel where every button individually controls the LED.
After many trials I wanted to create my own switch I was inspired by a heart shaped LED I has so I wanted a kiss! These plastic toy ants would be nice, now I just have to make them conductive.
Using “Bare conductive” paint I mounted wires on the ants and gave them nice, fat, conductive lips.
I hope you like the final result, “ANT LOVE”.