Just a simple test for Arduino to Pure Data.

I connected the Flex Sensor so that I can control the red square in the gem window to move up and down, and the potentiometer to move the square left and right.

The potentiometer was fine but the flex sensor seemed to freak out a lot making the square kind of wiggly.

Now I have to brainstorm more about the final project…

Hey Everyone!

Today at the end of class Sam and I told you a little about our final project, I’m just going to expand on it some more. We plan on using the MakeyMakey and creating an interactive dragon that corresponds with a pd patch of animations, sounds and videos. The dragon will be crocheted and have conductive thread in areas that will act as the triggers. The dragon that Sam is making is below along with her inspiration for what the finished object will look like.

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For the metaphor aspect of the project we decided to incorporate a few different ones. Since we are doing a dragon as our interactive piece, we have to incorporate metaphors that are associated with the idea of a dragon. We are still trying to compile solid ideas for our metaphors but here is a list of some of our ideas in relation to where the trigger will be located.

Wings- ‘When pigs fly’

Tail- ‘Scared like a dog with a tail between his legs’

Snout- Something with fire

Elbow- ‘Funny bone’

Toes- ‘This little piggy went to the market, this little piggy…’

Our metaphors will be portrayed as different animations, sounds, and videos. Our project shouldn’t require too much research however, we may try to incorporate more on what the dragon symbolizes. The translation between the interactive dragon and the animations will be done using the MakeyMakey. Overall, the project should be pretty fun and Sam and I are looking forward to seeing the finished project and we hope you are too, Good luck!

For IMGD this week we had to play with the arduino. Now the really cool thing about the arduino, is that it comes with all different types of sensors that you can hook up and play with to get different readings of data.

For this brief project, we had to use 3 sensors:

1. The flex sensor: measures how “bent” the sensor is

2. The soft potentiometer (Spectra): tracks/senses where a finger’s position is on the sensor strip

3. The temperature sensor: measures temperature changes


My idea was to have these 3 sensors control the RGB values of a circle that I had made in PureData. With three different values coming from the data being picked up by the sensors, the user can adjust the coloring in a lot of cool and unique ways that comes directly from the user’s input.


In this image you can see my set up with the arduino and breadboard full of the 3 sensors and many connectors.

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In this image, you get a closer look at the configuration of the different 3 sensors on the breadboard.

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My video below explains exactly what I did and shows my arduino set-up with my sensors. So please watch the video for this explained even more!


Hey guys!

Here is a video of the Pd patch I created for the Arduino sensors. Analog A0 has the soft potentiometer, A2 has the flex sensor, and A4 has the temperature sensor. I have connected the potentiometer to the translation of the square in the x direction. As you slide up the strip the object moves towards 2 and down the strip moves towards negative 2. The flex sensor sends a reading to the color of the object. When the sensor is completely straight it remains white ¬†and as the value increases towards 5 it becomes a dark pink color. The temperature sensor corresponds to the translation in the y direction. As you warm up the sensor, the object moves upwards and settles back down as the sensor returns to its normal state. The patch does work when all three analogs are on at the same time, however some of the readings interfere with each other. I found the set up of the arduino to be more difficult than that of the MakeyMakey. Also it is a little bipolar, but I think it is pretty neat and I’m glad I was able to get something out of it.


Hey guys,

So for the remix, I decided to create a piece around the Heyyeayea song/meme with Heman singing the song. The meme has been around for a while and I felt a lot of people would have seen it. The basic concept of my remix is to have the use control the speed of playback and the audio pitch of the meme with hand control. For the control, I split the screen up into quadrent blox which detect motion in their own areas to see if the user’s hand is there, and the remix is changed accordingly. I also used this method to add a video when the user reaches up. With this video, I also created a lock so the the video can only be played once in a certain amount of time. I had a lot of fun creating this assignment.

For my meme remix project, I remixed the classic Numa Numa dance. The basic concept of my patch is to make the numa numa guy dance. To do this, you have to dance. To get the dance started, you raise your hands above your head, and start dancing.

The patch detects your hands with pix_data, and detects the movement with pix_movement. See the video below!

Hope you enjoyed!


For my meme remix I chose The most interesting man in the world. This meme type originated from the commercials for dos xx beer. From there, countless memes have been created in honor of the man, the legend, the coolest bro there is. Plus I love their commercials.

For my PD patch I created 9 separate video players all of which to play a clip of the most interesting man. These video players are controlled by a corresponding button on an xbox controller. Each time a button is pressed the video will restart giving the user the opportunity to remix the videos in any manner they wish. Here is a youtube video of the patch and remix.


Hey guys!

This week I finished the meme remix project. I decided to base my meme off of the new Miley Cyrus music video for Wrecking Ball. This video made many headlines for its provocative scenes of Miley riding a wrecking ball nude and barely clothed. I thought It would be interesting to remix her video with old videos of her as an innocent child, a growing teenager, and also popular youtube videos. I tried to mix the young videos of Miley in with the scenes of the video that are more ‘PG’. As the video becomes more revealing I mixed in videos of her saying goodbye to being Hannah Montana and some comedic youtube videos with phrases that relate to the music video.

In Pd I created a complex patch that has several sub-patches. The patch is interactive with an Xbox controller. In the beginning of the video I have included my main patch. I also give a preview of one of the sub-video patches and the main Wrecking Ball video patch. I have created this patch so that when a sub-video plays the Wrecking Ball video pauses and then resumes when the other video is finished playing. You will be able to see and hear this in the video.

I was unable to record a decent video of me using the controller but here are a list of the buttons that correspond with the meme:

X-starts Wrecking Ball Video

Y-plays top right

B-plays bottom middle right

A-plays bottom left

Right Bumper-plays bottom middle

Left Bumper-plays bottom right

Start-plays bottom middle left

Back-plays top middle

Up (Directional Pad)-plays top middle left

Right Stick Click-plays top middle right

Left Stick Click-plays top left

There is no specific order in which the buttons have to be clicked but this is my favorite remix!

I really enjoyed making this patch, however I never want to listen to this song ever again after how many times I have replayed it this week. I hope you enjoy!