Digital Da Vinci Award

Origami Cosmic Web

Three individuals on the Origami Cosmic Web team talk while examining folded tracing paper

In the current, observationally successful picture of how the Universe developed, there is an origami analogy that is helpful in understanding the formation of the “cosmic web” arrangement of galaxies. The cosmic web is the cellular, foam-like arrangement of galaxies in the Universe; they line the edges of vast voids.

Electric Skateboard with Weight Difference Sensing

Detail view of Electric Skateboard motor and wheels

Electric skateboards are not uncommon, and hand based throttle systems make up the majority of eboards on the market. While some eboards have an acceleration switch on the board that is activated by stepping on it, the weight-difference-sensing eboard design featured here offers advantages over the typical foot-actuated design. By

Project Jetsons

Robotic egg fryer flips cooked egg in skillet

The goal of this project is to create an automated cooking machine capable of preparing user-specified recipes. The design is a counter-top machine to tackle the most basic (yet common) cooking tasks. The user selects the recipe, prepares the ingredients, fills individual dispensing compartments, and presses the start button. The

Intro to Computer Music

Student editing music on a computer

  An Arts Innovation Grant funded this Intro to Computer Music Class, run in the fall of 2011. Taught by Dr. Mark Lackey under the Peabody at Homewood department, the DMC hosted labs for the course. Students learned about the history and aesthetics of computer music and had creative assignments

Interactive Soft Sculpture

Students making "Mergatrudes Children" multimedia fiber constructions with electronics

In April 2011, a group of students created soft sculptures with interactive circuits for display in the Soft Circuits gallery show at Transmodern 2011. The sculptures were hand sewn from cotton fabric, dyed and natural wool, hand spun yard, and filled with batting. Battery operated circuits were created with conductive

Interstices

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  Interstices was a dynamic light installation in the Gillman Tunnel. The installation, which responded to nearby motion and ambient temperature, was conceived and built by Hopkins students and staff. This interdisciplinary multimedia project brought together artists and programmers, hardware and software. The electronic components of the piece include 128 RGB LEDs,

Bito-Com

This project was created as a means to visually enhance performances as well as to give a trumpeter some musical freedom with different kinds of sounds. Bito-Com uses a silent brass mute to input the audio from the trumpet into a computer. Then, a Max MSP patch manipulates the trumpet

Developing Apps for Online Social Networks

Students look at computer while learning to make facebook apps

JHU graduate students Carol Reiley and Dan Mirota created and taught an Intersession class in which groups of students developed applications for online social networks such as Facebook. The focus of the class was to utilize user feedback in an interactive, responsive development process in order to more efficiently and

Twitter Jay and the Recyclists

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JHU students organized the first Hopkins team entry in the world-renowned Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race. Complying with stringent race requirements, student engineers and artists collaborated to create a human-powered sculpture to compete in an all-terrain race that traverses sand, mud and water. Twitter Jay, the team’s entry, represents the best