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December 10, 2013

Deconstructed Face

Filed under: Spatial Media I — Mia @ 3:20 pm



layers of acrylic are mounted to display the inner workings of an LED project.

four layers are mounted on an acrylic base: arduino, acrylic grid, vinyl mask, and two-way mirror. The front of the frame has a molded acrylic face in it.

An Arduino micro-controller, breadboard,  strip LEDs,  a barrel plug power adapter, and Ping sensor connections are mounted on a clear acrylic panel.

This Spatial Media I project reveals the inner workings of previous designs and was inspired by Damián Ortega‘s disassembled 35mm Olympus camera. Olympus, 2009s twenty-six plastic sheets display camera parts in a horizontal line. For my project, a half-inch acrylic plate supports the layers: thermo-formed acrylic face, two-way acrylic mirror, vinyl mask that allows limited LED light to pass, laser-cut acrylic grid (in the shape of a brain) that traps light, and an electronics panel. The micro-controller, breadboard, neopixel LEDs, Ping))) connections, and power adapter fit on a clear acrylic sheet. Laser-cut holes provide a place to mount the Arduino and pass a barrel plug.

Individually addressable LEDS are controlled by an Arduino Uno micro-controller. Twenty-eight LEDs flash brighter and faster as viewers approach Ping))), a sonar proximity detector. The red, green, and blue color channels are programmed to fire randomly (0–254) and simulate brain neurons. Full-power flashes that are five milliseconds apart indicate agitation if the frame’s “personal space” is violated.

November 3, 2013

Infinity Mirror with an Acrylic Face

Filed under: Spatial Media I — Mia @ 3:39 am

Four frames are lit with LEDS and have mirrors that make one row of lights look like thirty rows

four white frames with an outer border infinity mirror

A pattern of four faded lights moves clockwise around the perimeter of the white shadowbox frames. The faded lights are subtle and are on the lower right side in the photograph. The acrylic face pushes three inches beyond the front of the frame, as if trying to escape the past. The single row of LEDs looks like thirty rows because the 144 lights are sandwiched between two-way mirrors on the front and standard mirrors toward the wall. The Arduino Mega micro-controller is mounted in an acrylic iPod box on the wall.

Thanks to Bryan Beard, the acrylic face was thermo-formed in Industrial Design’s plastics lab. 3/16″ acrylic was cut, mounted, heated, and pulled over a vacuum frame. The ceramic bisque mask was lifted into the drooping hot acrylic as a vacuum formed the clear acrylic around the mask. Drilled 1/16″ holes allowed the vacuum to pull the hot acrylic sheet against the mask and its support board.

Our Spatial Media instructor, Brian Evans, took the far left photo during class critique.

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