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Globe

  

Process:

There has been some changes in the timezone project ideas since the last user testing that Huiyi and I conducted. Now the structure will be consisted of two layers: the cylinder-shaped timezone map and transparent sphere surrounding the cylinder. The reason Huiyi and I made this decision is because as users encounter a globe, they instantly wanted to spin it. The timezone map itself has delicate outline that won’t allow people to touch and move it. Therefore, we’ve decided to build the second layer that is tangible, and will also give a feeling of the celestial sphere.

The part I wanted to try making this week was the second layer. Due to its character of containing the main content, it has to be transparent. However, regarding its size and its complex shape, I’ve rather decided to test the scale and structure with mat board than using acrylic.

These are references that I found in internet, which I still haven’t memorize their names. Basically Hectohexecontadihedron is made out of 18 sections and Hebdomicontadissaedron is made out of 12 sections from the top view. Although Hectohexecontadihedron is more commonly use for building globe shape, I decided to use Hebdomicontadissaedron because the inner cylinder will be made out of 24 sections, which is the double of 12, and I like having relationship among numbers.

I first attempted to use Adobe Illustrator, but it was hard to build or even imagine 3D shape like this in 2D space. Another attempt was directly importing the reference I found into Illustrator and Rhino (which is visible in first and second screenshots). After many unsuccessful trials, I just decided to build my own Hebdomicontadissaedron. It was quite challenging for me because I don’t have much experience with Rhino. Then, I flatten the structure I made and import it back to Illustrator.


First I followed the recommended setting for using mat board, which is 50 speed/50 power/500 freq. After checking my board getting barely cut out, I tried different settings such as lowering speed and raising power. As I lower the speed, I start catching some “birthday-candle size fires” – so I immediately canceled the work and instead start adjusting power. I ended up with 50 speed/90 power/500 freq setting and making the shapes to be cut twice by doubling the lines. For horizontal line, I didn’t double them because I wanted to fold them and not cut them completely.

…and Ben was right about the laser cutter. As I arrived to use it, it was already out of order. Fortunately, it was on its way of being repaired, but I spent 2/3 of my timeslot just watching it to be fixed.

As the last step, I assembled them with clear tape.

Having some unnecessary fun with the previously built flashlight that has nothing to do with my timezone project.

 

Problems:

  1. If this structure has to be transparent, what material will be the best choice?
  2. What thickness will be ideal to have right amount of firmness – so people can handle it?
  3. If using acrylic, is acrylic glue the best way to assemble this structure? Or should I keep this kind of skeletal base that supports the assembling parts?

Modules

Process:



The basic idea was building supporting panel for my timezone map, which I can possibly attach or lean the map on the bottom part thus the whole piece can stand stable and also foldable. As soon as I got the idea, I start building mock ups with paper and board scraps.


Visiting Metropolitan Lumber & Hardware at 175 Spring St to get 1 in thickness lumber.


… and made a big mistake of buying hinges with way too small sizes. It’s also visible in the first mock up – I somehow imagined to attach hinge in the front part and thought the hinge size < 0 .75″ because lower height than 0.75 will have some slope and wouldn’t be available to attach hinge. Later, I realize my brain did something bad and repurchased adequate size of hinges.


Using my sketch and jig to accelerate the process.


But I ended up with many “first-pancakes” due to miserable measurement. It was more noticeable especially due to its small size. Nonetheless, I brought them home to see how they look like with the whole piece. They definitely looked bulky, which led me to later cut out some portion from original shape.

Next day, I went to the shop to give a second shot and realize that the attached jig on the band saw gets tilted if it’s tightened. Although the band saw wasn’t the most ideal tool to have precise cut, I found another reason that made my cutting extra inaccurate.

Then the next step was just repeating the same step as the day before – except not using the attached jig on the band saw. The other trick I added was rather cutting half length and flip it to cut the rest of the half than cutting in one time, so I can minimize the error even if the saw travels to a wrong path. In result, I got much more satisfying “pancakes” than the previous ones.


Next step was modifying the shape. I assume this could’ve done in easier and simpler way but as usual I walked in to the difficult way. After testing with some “first-pancakes”, I’ve decided to roughly cut the shape with band saw and then sand it.

Regarding the module’s size and my finger’s safety, the process required another jig.

Fixing with C-clamp and sanding with Dremel.

… and I just had to go with mini hinges. Because these don’t have screws, I made holes with smallest drill bit and later applied them with wood glue.

 

 

UTC Timezone_6

Loading different webcams around the world via p5.dom. The live cams’ source is http://www.insecam.org/. Due to number of cities and live cam limits, this sketch only contains live cams of Vancouver, Los Angeles, Denver, London, Rome, Seoul and Sydney. These cities were selected in order to check the brightness by different timezone.
Full screen: http://alpha.editor.p5js.org/full/SJF8nrRC-

Problems:

  • Currently using opacity to turn on/off the live cams, but how can I remove them when the mouse location is not close to the cities?

Stop Motion

1 week stop motion project with Katya and Chian.
Music is a combination of two different Undertale soundtracks by Toby Fox.

Process:


Flashlight

Process:

  

Materials: 1w star led, 2 transparent plastic cups (should be identical sizes), toggle switch, AA battery holder for 3V. Thin straws were meant to be used for wire holder, but got excluded during the process because they rather made the structure more complicated than making it simple.

  

First, I heated up the needle (the one I used was bookbinding needle :/) with lighter, than made two holes for wires. One hole is for plus and the other is for ground.

  

The next step was placement of toggle switch. I marked the approximate location of the switch and made holes with heated needle as I did for wires. The battery holder was attached with glue gun, but the switch and led were attached with super glue.

  

Soldering time! Ground (directly from the battery container) and plus wires got soldered to the led. Then both of the plus wires attached to the led and the battery container got soldered to the toggle switch.

Last step was cutting out some space from the second cup for toggle switch and overlaying it. By putting the second layer, the led is now protected and the flashlight can stand upside – pretending to be a normal cup.


To make it more dynamic, there can be different colors or textures applied to the second cup!

 

 

UTC Timezone_5

Using slider and button of HTML controls from p5.dom in order to alter city name sizes and language options. Full screen: http://alpha.editor.p5js.org/full/Sk4iUnxCb

Problems:

  • Text edge quality from p5.js; text written from p5.dom is fine
  • Writing city names via p5.dom might be a better solution
  • Next step will be using API or CSV?

Map_Prototype

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Process:

  

  
  

Running the prototype:

The mouse is on New York, Quebec, and Washington D.C. area on p5 as well as the lighting directs the same location. However, due to the degree limit of the servo motor, it can only go as far as Rome area for now.

 

Next steps?

  • 180 to 360 degree
  • Better lighting source!