This past Saturday ID put on a Hardware Sketching Workshop. A group of us students gathered early in the morning, excited to build something cool with our Arduino boards and sensors.
The first half of the day was spent receiving instruction and inspiration from Dave Vondle of IDEO. For the second half of the day we were grouped into teams and set loose to create some kind of interactive game.
At the end of the day everyone came together to show what they worked on. Some of the games included:
Lion vs. Pig: A two player game where the pig tries to eat some lettuce while avoiding being eaten by a lion. A combination of slide potentiometer and IR sensor controled the movements on the screen.
Singing Glass: Use a round softPot to make a wine glass sing. The faster you move your finger around the sensor the higher the pitch gets until the glass breaks.
Soccer Shoot Out: Attach an accelerometer to your foot and try to kick the soccer ball into the net.
Kick the Cat: Use a flex sensor and pressure sensor to control the power and angle of a foot kicking a cat into a garbage can. It sounds bad but it was pretty funny.
Thanks to Anijo Mathew for organizing the event. And huge thanks to Dave Vondle for leading the workshop. Everyone learned alot about hardware sketching with Arduino and had fun at the same time.