Friday, December 7, 2012

Students get Interactive with Arduino

BA (Hons) Interactive Design were delighted to welcome back two of their recent graduates, John Revel (pictured below) and  Joan Planas, who came back from their native Spain to deliver a fascinating workshop in Arduino.

The workshop was given to level 2 and 3 current students, and was designed as an introduction to this exciting and innovative hardware, covering basic programming in Arduino and processing code.

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.  It's intended for artists and designers and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments (Arduino website), which is intrinsic to Interactive Design.

During the course of the 2 day workshop, students produced mini synthesizers and sound reactive lights, as well as pressure pads to detect weight, and motion sensors. All of this will feed directly into the projects of levels 2 and 3.

As the workshop took place during November, the above image shows Programme Leader Clive McCarthy's Arduino take on Movember!

So successful was this workshop, the first of the current season of visiting lecturers from industry, that John and Joan will be returning to continue the workshop in the new year.

Interactive Design will be exhibiting work with Arduino at next year's Kinetica Arts Fair in London 27 Feb - 3 March 2013.

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