The saturation of paradox is perhaps the wonder of contemporary society. The world has never been so strikingly contradicting. We are more globally connected, shared, and opened than ever. More spaces are locked, controlled, and surveilled than ever. We are able to communicate with the entire world within a closed room. Cities have never been so crowded. Surfacing images now redefine urban spaces as we know it. We walk in streets of unreality. More and more, we run into faceless strangers we will never see again. We have never felt so isolated. Our true emotions are less relevant. We regain a sense of the real in our dreams. Nothing is absolute. Everything is blurry. It is now difficult to grasp what’s real from what’s visible. Women are men. Men are women. The unreal has never been so real. The real has never been so unreal.
Cocoon is a house in which everything we know of a house ceases to exist. A house divides a space into smaller finite spaces of different events. Cocoon is in itself a space of infinite events. A house is situated somewhere and provides us with the sense of stability that tells us where we belong. Cocoon is nowhere and everywhere. It exudes the sense of identity. It is our body. A house is physical in that it has clear material distinctions among windows, walls, ceilings, and doors. Cocoon is both material and ethereal like light in that it has ambiguous boundaries. A house is fenced and gated in human efforts to ensure security and to protect privacy. Cocoon is a form of human desire to relate and to connect.
This is an example of using 2 photocells and a variable resistor as analog inputs to control 8×8 LED Matrix with PIC18F452, UDN2981, and ULN2803. The input values of the two photocells are compared. When the values are the same, LED lights up randomly within the entire board. Depending on how much darker a photocell is compared to the other, LED lights up within the range that is more focused towards a corner. The variable resistor controls how fast the LEDs blink. This is how the board was set up:
This is an example of using 2 variable resistors as analog inputs and a switch as a digital input to control 8 LEDs with a PIC18F452 chip. Variable resistor 1 is used to control which LEDs light up. The second variable resistor controls how fast the LEDs blink. The switch decides whether the LEDs blink or not. MAX232CPE is used to allow serial communication with a computer. PICBASIC was used to program the chip. This is how the board was set up:
The following is the code:
DEFINE LOADER_USED 1
DEFINE OSC 20
Today was my first day at a physical computing workshop run by Jin-Yo Mok (http://www.geneo.net). I’m starting from the very basics to understand how every single piece operates at the most fundamental level. The breadboard in the image shows the simplest setup of current amplification using an NPN transistor (2N2222). Hopefully, I’ll be able to design custom circuit boards in the future as I become more comfortable with all these volts and currents :)