Beyond the Joystick: Intro to Alternative Controls Workshop Series at Eyebeam

Eyebeam, Physical Computing, Workshops


I am running this workshop series weekly on Tuesday Evenings for 6 weeks, starting on June 28 to Aug 2 at Eyebeam. It’s basically for artists, designers and hobbyists interested in starting to think about and explore alternative physical interfaces that can be used in games, toys or interactive art projects. We’ll be learning about using the Arduino and some Processing with various sensors and switches to make simple, but effective controllers. This area is a big part of my practice so I am really excited about sharing it!

Potato Orchestra

Eyebeam, Workshops

Potato Powered Buzzer from Kaho A on Vimeo.

I have been working on making a workshop. First I wanted to use potatoes to power sound generators, but I realized that the potatoes do not make enough current. I need like hundreds to make decent current. With a parallel/serial combo configuration I was able to make roughly 1.5V with something less than 1mA. This is enough to power a low-voltage piezo buzzer. It’s faint but it will do! I tried lemons and different cuts for both the lemons and potatoes, but so far the whole potatoes seem to work the best. It maybe a matter of opinion but powering something with potatoes seem more exciting than lemons!