Exp. 3-3-3 – Review and publish

Evan Switzer – 3173264

AR Creator: Nicole Vella

AR Link:


AR Test:


Interview with creator Nicole Vella

What was your influence behind the design of the filter/ What made you decide to use Lens Studio?
My inspiration was monsters from the movie Pans Labyrinth. As well as the idea of self reputation/duplication. We’re living in a time where a virus is rapidly mutating itself and spreading across the globe. I wanted to try to capture that feeling of fear and anxiety within a selfie filter. I used lens studio specifically because I hate Facebook and didn’t want to use their product.

 Was there any difficulty with the process of developing the AR filter?

The difficultly was easier than I anticipated. I had originally wanted to use AFrame and have something that’s open source and available across all browsers and devices. However the learning curve of that library was too much for the time allotted for this assignment. So I went with a lens filter instead.

From your experience, do you see Lens Studio developing further into an aesthetic medium?

I’m not sure of selfie or lens filters themselves will “become a medium”. But if they are or aren’t is somewhat irrelevant. Billions of people use these filters everyday. Artists using them as a means of expression was only a matter of times. And I do think they are forms of art. Because I think everything is art. Which sort of means nothing is art. But that’s a topic for another day. :slight_smile:



I clicked the link on my computer and used snapchat on my phone to access the link for the AR animation. I found it to be very creative, optimistic and enjoyed it very much. It appears as a take on a reflection of the self and how a smile naturally occurs once you see the mirrored grins circling around the face. It makes me very curious to wonder what other self projection would be expressed if there was an animation trigger when the user is smiling with their mouth open. But perhaps it is best to let it be a mystery and leave the glass half full. 5/5

Cyberpunk Style Hand Tornado

Saaim Babar, 3177998

No Group

Type: Analog Sensor

This swatch is for a cyberpunk style Hand Tornado. This is essentially a glove with a motor on it that is a fan. The fan is activated when the FSR that is in the thumb is being pressed, then if the potentiometer to adjust the speed is turned; the fan will operate. I came up with this idea in regards to my limited parts and because I was sitting one day and wanted a small fan that I could use only when needed. So I thought I could use that as inspiration for this creation which is small and portable. It isn't cumbersome like a regular fan and more accessible for someone who doesn't like wind constantly hitting them but wants to stay cool. I came up with the glove design/fan on hand idea in light of the new Cyberpunk 2077 game and decided that this specific type of glove wouldn't be a bad idea because its not very warm but still sturdy to build on. However, the cons include all the wiring and breadboard and such, which makes it less portable. This could have been with more permanent or applicable wires or other conductive materials, but due to COVID-19 I was unable to develop further.

– 10 jumper wires

– FSR Sensor 0.5″ 1Mohm 22lb

– 1Kohm resistor

– Green Led

– Mini Photoresistor 1k-10k (PHOTO-01)

– TIP32C Transistor

– 4.5VDC Motor

– B10K Potentiometer

– 1 Thin Drinking Straw and 1 Large

– Electrical Tape

– Super Glue

– Solder + Materials

– Simple Acrylic-Spandex Glove

Tools and Techniques:
  • Soldering Iron
  • Scissors

Bootleg Custom Transistor:

LED on left. LDR on right. Both inside a drinking straw which is then covered in dark tape. Note: The short leg of the LED is then wrapped around the current releasing leg of the LDR.

Current Split:

The exiting current of the motor is split through the BJT PNP transistor so that only when both the FSR sensor and the potentiometer are allowing enough current through will the circuit allow the current to properly go reach the ground rail; spinning the motor.
Note: You can see the LED leg wrapped around the LDR leg closest to bottom of the image.

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Circuit Diagram:






Additional Notes:

This is an original piece, although it is most likely already done, I personally created the circuitry and idea.

Evan Switzer – 3173264 Exp2_assignment 3: Generative art

Evan Switzer – 3173264

Exp. 2 – 3: Generative Art

Artist Statement:

For this Computational Generative Process I decided to use an out of the box concept to make a generative process through a digital to analog format. The goal I was aiming for was to find a certain method that would involve an analog process to imitate the same process developed through the digital formatting/coding of P5.js.



  1. Use p5.js coding to make a canvas with a shape that is drawn repeatedly through movement of the mouse.
  2. Print the canvas.
  3. Apply oil to the canvas.
  4. Repeat the drawing formation through controlled burning with a torch.
  5. Take a picture of the process and upload the picture for the final result.


Picture of Generative Piece:





Code for process:



Video Presentation of process:




4.3 SwatchBook – Clouds



Group Members: Sara Hosseini, Xiangyu Wang

Swatch Type: Digital

Inspiration: lightning-storm-clouds-thunderclouds-wallpaper

I wanted to make a ceiling full of handmade clouds that would light up with LED inside making it look there is thunder. I also used a switch that when pressed, you are able to change the colour of the cloud.

***Important: I needed LED STRIPS in order to make what I had in mind work, however, they did not arrive on time so I decided to make a smaller cloud and used a neopixel instead to show my idea. I changed the materials used based on this. ***

Materials (small cloud) :

  • x1 10k resistor
  • Wires
  • Switch
  • Neopixal – 24

To make ONE small cloud, I glued a few cotton balls together, making a cloud-like shape. After I taped the neopixel to the back of the cloud.


I then went ahead to connect the wires, on the neopixel, connect GND to GND on your Arduino, Data input into ~6 and Power 5V into 5V. We then place the switch on a board and also place a 10k resistor that we connect to GND & PWM 2.





Circuit Diagram:




Short Video:


4.3 Swatch – Festive Sensor


Kyle Shoesmith – 3177832


Analog Sensor

For my swatch, I decided to expand upon the analog sensor that I created and create a hat that activated based off of pressure. Originally, I wanted to create a propeller hat that activated through a sensor. However, I ended up not being able to get a hold of the materials that I would have needed to not only make it, but to also create it compactly (Adafruit, Conductive Thread, Conductive Fabric, DC Motor). I then decided to account for that by using a hat that was much larger in size so I could store all of the larger components within them: a Santa hat! This hat is able to light up like a Christmas tree whenever you press the sensor on the forehead.

I first attempted to recreate the sensor from before, albeit more compact in order to fit in the hat better.


I then attached the LED bulbs I had to the top of the hat and used copper wire and M/F wires to connect them all. NOTE: Apparently, my copper wire from before wasn’t working because it had a plastic coating on it that I never noticed, so I used sandpaper to shave off the layers on the edges.


I then went and sewed the Arduino Uno into the hat and accounted the length of the hat by adding wire extenders.


Afterwards, I sewed the patch onto the front of the hat and connected the wires and resistors with alligator clips and copper wire.


What’s nice about the hat is that due to its surface, you aren’t able to see the thread appear on the front, so it looks like a completely normal hat at face value.


Afterwards I quickly wrote the code up and Voila! I’m generally happy with the design of the hat and the fact that I was able to make it with the limited supplies at my disposal. I can’t wait to get a hold of better supplies in the future so that I can explore more in the future.

Materials used:

  • Arduino Uno
  • M/M and M/F wires
  • Copper wire
  • Santa Hat
  • LED Bulbs
  • Velostat
  • Felt
  • Thread
  • Jumper Wire
  • Resistors
  • fritzing




sensitive circuit playground and the advanced pressure sensor


Basic pressure sensor and the advanced pressure sensor


Xiangyu Wang 3179314

Sara Hosseini














  • Swatch Type

 Basic pressure sensor  and the advanced pressure sensor 

  • Description:

This pressure conductive switch is a simple pressure sensor that has been installed into the cotton fabric. The reason I create this piece is I would like to see what will happened if I use this material combine with another materials. Such as while I’m using the pressure sensitive materials, the interaction between two different materials will creates a unique feeling while you press the pressure material button. Although this is very simple to make, I’m also feel very happy to see the result. By the way, the combination of this simple sensor add with another advanced sensor material can make this looks much better.  The reason I made two sensors is because the material I received was too late, I don’t have enough time to make it better, and also I though the first basic pressure sensor is not satisfied for me.    

Materials for the basic pressure sensor 

  • Cotton sheet with different colours: orange, blue, green etc. 
  • Copper wire, conductive wire, cotton wire and cut copper pieces Arduino, circuit playground, wires, sub port. 

Tools & Techniques: List or describe all tools and techniques used to produce the swatch.  


The advanced pressure is made of: 

  • Cotton fabric 
  • Sewing 
  • Pressure material sheet
  • Conductive sheet 
  • Wire
  • plastic tape

The tools I used for both basic and advanced sensors are:  

  • a scissor to cut cotton sheets
  • needles for attaching cotton sheets and wires
  • A laptop for powering up LEDs and copper wire speakers; Arduino coding software to control the Arduino
  • Tools and materials: 





Construction stages of circuit playground basic pressure sensor switch


Step 1 Fold the cotton fabric and shape it with a scissor


step 2 Using needles within sewing to connect layers together, pressure materials, copper wires and attach the circuit playgrounds on the fabric. 






3 Using my laptop and code it on circuit playground

4 Final results



Construction stages of advanced pressure sensor switch


Step 1 cutting cotton materials and using sewing technique to make three cotton layers  and also attach the conductive materials .




Step 2 using the plastic tape paste two layers of pressure sensitive fabric underneath the  conductive sheet.


3 Fold the cotton fabric and connect the wire underneath the conductive sheet, also power the LED on AAA battery.


4 Final result




Circuit diagram for the basic sensor


Circuit diagram for the advanced sensor




Code link https://github.com/socialbodylab/Textile-Game-Controller-Jam/blob/master/capacitive_touch_tutorial.ino






Generative Art Final

Artist Statement

This piece was created out of my love for 3D pens, VR, and filters. I wanted people to have the ability to create art wherever they are. I felt that AR, Augmented Reality, was the most apt solution to this. This is due to the wide range of devices that can support AR applications or files. One famous example of this are the filters that we so frequently use on our phones. This entire project would not have been possible without the help and guidance of my friends who pointed me to the necessary resources to make this project possible.

Process: https://ocadu.techsmithrelay.com/fwG4

Examples: https://ocadu.techsmithrelay.com/7sP2

Works Cited

Creators, Spark AR. Tutorial: Creating an Effect with Particles. YouTube, 17 Oct. 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr-zfnq8PmA.
Spark AR. “Patch Editor Overview.” Spark AR Studio – Create Augmented Reality Experiences | Spark AR Studio, https://sparkar.facebook.com/ar-studio/learn/patch-editor#Creating-patches. Accessed 13 Dec. 2020.
—. “Screen Tap Patch.” Spark AR Studio – Create Augmented Reality Experiences | Spark AR Studio, https://sparkar.facebook.com/ar-studio/learn/patch-editor/interaction-patches/screen-tap-patch/. Accessed 13 Dec. 2020.

4.3 Capacitive Touch Control Neopixel Jacket

Video: https://youtu.be/4uVq600y3D0

Materials: conductive tape, Paper or non conductive fabric, Conductive fabric, copper pins, Jumper cables, 5V LED neopixel strip, old jacket, 9v Battery


Description: It’s more like a prototype than a swatch, jacket with capacitive touch sensors on the sleeves, touching the capacitive sensors would change the pattern on the LED strip, perfect for Techno events or concerts. Battery connectivity gets loose so for the future I would make sure to have a proper connector for batteries. Would have loved to use Ida fruit instead of Arduino which would have made it more lightweight and more suited for being a proper wearable.

I had made a capacitive touch wheel for assignment 4.2, I used the same technique to create 3 touchpads using conductive fabric and copper wire.
I brought and 3 pin 5V LED strip and used the adafruit neopixel library for the code
connect the capacitive sensor to the analog-in while the LED goes in 5V,GND and pin.
Sew the LED strip into the jacket, attach the conductive touchpads into the sleeves

link to code: https://github.com/AtharvaJ3110/sensorsandactuators/blob/main/capactitive%20ledstripcontrol

Circuit Diagram:


I actually am really Interested in using conductive fabrics. I want to do something with it in fashion. I thought of a brand name too called 3021 Cosmic Couture. I wanted to make something cyberpunk. I was also inspired by the actuator ‘Fibre Optic Poetry’ on KOBAKANT(Link:https://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=7031)


The main tools were the home made capacitive sensor using conductive fabric(https://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6607)and the neopixel strip.

I used the adafruit neopixel library for Programming the neopixel strips. It makes controlling neopixels very easy.

DC Motor – Michael Sinn

  • Swatch Name: DC Motor
  • Feature Image (set this in the righthand column)
  • Group number and names of all Team Members: Group 9, Marquessa, Aimee, Emily, Michael
  • Swatch Type: Actuator
  • Description: For my swatch, I decided to make a DC Motor that is almost entirely 3D Printed.  The motor was made by wrapping magnet wire around a motor core and placing it in a housing.  I did have some issues with the final product that will be addressed in the final foot notes.
  • Materials: PLA, 20 Gauge Magnet Wire, Slices of Aluminum Can, Rare earth magnet
  • Tools & Techniques: 3D Printer, Fusion 360(3D modeling software), soldering iron and wrapping magnet wire
  • 3-5 other images or animated gifs that could include:
  • 1 minute (or less) video that shows the Swatch in use: https://ocadu.techsmithrelay.com/jyPc
  • References/Inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p2QTE26VOA
  • Additional Notes: When making the motor, I went through 3 different motor core designs before settling on the one that I used for the final model.  The core of the motor works perfectly and can be used as an electromagnet as is shown in the video posted.  However, I did have issues with finding a material that was able to provide power to the core and keep it rotating in the housing.  I tried various materials such as steel wool, aluminum cans, string with tinfoil wrapped around it and pulled tight along the length of the bottom of the core, but I couldn’t find one that would actually work properly.  I believe that if I had some kind of springy steel that would press into the motor core where it is fed power hard enough to keep the motor core in place and the power continuously flowing, but not hard enough to stop the rotation, then that would be ideal, but I could not find any such material in my home or at stores I went to.  Overall, I did have a lot of fun with this project and am going to keep at it in my free time because I think that it would be very cool to get it working properly!

Voodoo Cat: Pin Cushion With a Twist

GROUP 10: Alfonso, Kanav, Iris, Neetu

Introduction to Swatch

Swatch Type

Digital Switch

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This sad looking Frankenstein cat was meant to be a slightly scarier version of a pin cushion. Since starting this section of Atelier I have re-found my passion for sewing. Because I enjoy more absurd things, I wanted to create sort of a Frankenstein cat in which pins of electricity give it life. Depending on where you would strike a needle through the cat one of its three eyes would light up. Not only would it be an adorable addition to my sewing kit, but it could have also been a fun game of Russian roulette the first time around, before memorising the positions. It is a mix media piece that was inspired by two separate projects I have attempted throughout my trials within this medium.

Creating the Swatch


  • Felting wool
  • Two different thicknesses of string
  • Felt (black and yellow)
  • Stuffing
  • Conductive thread
  • Conductive fabric
  • Thin steel wire
  • 3 coloured LEDs
  • 9V Block battery

outline of circuit

image_2020-12-12_015954As you put a needle through one of the CPs onto the Felt layer the circuit of the specific LED will connect to the ground thus turning on that specific LED.

creating swatch


Here you can see a couple of the steps outlined before the final product.

  1. First the plush base must be made where a sphere is made and stuffed. On top of this sphere the rest of the swatch will be built.
  2. After completing the sphere the conductive fabric should be sewn on it. Remember to leave a slab of fabric hanging since this will be connected to the “ground” of the LEDs
  3. Cover up the conductive fabric with felt in order to make sure the next bits of conductive fabric will not directly connect to it.
  4. Using a felting needle create a small sphere which will serve as the head of the cat and a good place to stab the LEDs in.
    1. IMPORTANT!!! I made a mistake here, a better strategy to approach this would be connecting the head to the ground of the LEDs so, I recommend having the centre of the head filled with conductive material that goes through the body to the ground. This will not only stabilise the body but it will also not tangle the wires or result in unwanted overlaps.
  5. Proceed to connect individual legs of the LEDs to different patches of conductive tape as shown in the picture. Do this with conductive thread. Leave dangling bits at the bottom in order for it to be easier to connect them to a battery.
  6. After completing these and setting the + and – sides of the LEDs focus on customising your Frankenstein cat or dubious creature and enjoy a little voodoo creature you can poke and trigger.



Additional Information


  1. Voodoo sensor 
  2. Needle felted sensor

further notes

Unfortunately as it can be seen in the video, the sensor did not work as well as I would have hoped. I had received materials like conductive thread very late and rushed my wiring in order to complete this sensor by today. Unfortunately my initial design technique and approach were not efficient so, likely, a lot of my LED wires got tangled and resulted in them not even turning on. Only one LED remained powerful enough to shine through thankfully allowing me tho demonstrate the potential of this sensor.

Overall I am proud of my creation, I think it turned out good at least design wise having both the obscurity as well as the cuteness desired. I would have really liked to have been able to fix my circuit. I had tested it prior to adding the LED and I was certain it will work until I reached the head. In the future, in order to fix this error, I will make the centre of the head a grounded piece and make sure I connect the base for all LEDs prior to connecting them individually. In addition I will also have a thicker layer in between the ground conductive piece and the separate ones on top. This will provide the space I need to comfortably stitch conductive thread without fearing that it will touch the lower layer. While there were many errors in my design this offered me the opportunity to understand how I can incorporate a  small battery in my creation and also understand better how to take advantage of my materials.

Unfortunately now it is merely a regular yet eccentric pin cushion, I hope I will be able to create this piece again and potentially add an additional pressure sensor to it that would make some sound or keep track of the needles added.