For my Paper Nature project, I took inspiration from the Icosahedral, a mathematical shape found in nature, to make an interactive origami piece. Icosahedrals can be made of paper using modular origami sub-parts called Sonobe modules.
30 Sonobe modules are needed to make this shape, of them I had 5 pieces that had either aluminum foil or copper tape glued to the back surface of those Sonobes. Because the way they fold, you get the Al / Cu on both the inside and outer faces of parts, allowing for touching on the outside and electrical routing on the inside. To add some variety, I created different patterns and textures in the conductive surfaces, like placing the copper tape in different patterns and pressing the aluminum foil into a cheese grater!
Once all the pieces were assembled and wired from the inside, I routed all the wires through the bottom gap. Using cardboard I then made a holder for the origami as it would be hanging in the middle of the screen! It also gave me a place to mount the Makey Makey board and wires, while still allowing the origami to be fully picked up and interacted with.
Here’s what the final product looked like:
In Max, I had each conductive Sonobe trigger a different image of a gem floating on the gem background. I made the crystal sounds in FL Studio.
For the graphics of the Max patch itself, I used a few royalty-free images, editing them in Photoshop and manipulated them further in Max. The links to the original images are below:
http://pngimg.com/download/22297 http://pngimg.com/download/22242 http://pngimg.com/download/46820