I spent all of Thursday working on my critique. Went to Active Surplus got a numeric keyboard, Creatron to get some buttons, and to the new Home Hardware that replaced Factory Direct. Home Hardware has a huge electronics section downstairs, which is amazing! Hard to find things though.
I went to RCC to solder the buttons, the keyboard, and my LCD. I ended up breaking my numeric keyboard. The Serial read that I used before also didn’t work, which was really annoying. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve updated my operating system to Mountain Lion, new Processing, or the new Arduino. I eventually found a program called AAC Keys that converts Arduino serial into keystrokes. This worked great.
I also made a liver toy to go with the kidney toy. It only takes me about half an hour to make each of them.
I presented them on a metal sheet for my critique, I was hoping to give it a bit of a medical, surgical feel.
These are screenshots of my Processing program.
You have selected: (Organs)
Congratulations, you have successfully traded for: (Items)
Value: ($, there’s code to convert the numbers to have commas)
Have a nice day!
There’s also a heartbeat sound. It’s realistic, but requires a low frequency. Which means, I had to bring speaker.
I got both Kathleen and Jessica to critique my piece. I setup with the big classroom projector. Kathleen said to figure out the touch because, the buttons aren’t automatic instinct. People seem to grab and touch the stuff toys rather than the buttons. The wires were a little restricting. Probably need to switch to capacitive sensors or conductive thread.
Kathleen suggested that I think about organs as luxury items, luxury brands. What material do I want them to be? This fluffy material, which focuses more on my story of the teenager, or expensive material like silk. Cuddly vs. luxury.
What is my idea about children and play?
I’ll have to figure out my narrative.
Play, value, collect, receipt
For my next critique, Kathleen said I should move away from my projection, since I told her about my LCD value screen plus fake print out (for now). I need to lose the buttons and have a more tactile touch sensor.
Eventually, I might need an algorithm because I want custom print outs that change according to events.
Do I need the heartbeat audio? I like it, but I’m not sure if it works.