creative use of technology

The Digital Da Vinci Award

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Leonardo Da Vinci was the quintessential Renaissance thinker who combined ideas from many disciplines. What ideas do you have to lead us into a new era? What tools, materials, and mentoring would it take to get your idea off the napkin and into the real world? Is your idea Leonardo-worthy? The DMC has money available for creative projects!

ENLIGHTEN

Amelia Voos and her team (Max Jarcho, Dan Matsumoto, Danielle Naassana, Bridget Chen, K.J. Burnett, TJ Jois, Irving Nestor, and Chris Wend) combined their efforts with technical support and artistic guidance from the DMC to create this interactive artwork, “Enlighten” which debuted at JHU’s 2016 Lighting of the Quads. Enlighten

Member Profile: Benjamin Pierce and Kemi Oguntona

multimedia dance composition

Jamie and Kemi created a multimedia dance composition including live dance and video projections for the 2016 Temps d’Afrique annual dance showcase. Their intention was to create a digital dance team. To get this effect, they combined pre-recorded graphics and a live dancer whose careful choreography interacted with the graphics

MoTrack Therapy

MoTrack hand screen display example

MoTrack Therapy is a software application that uses the Leap Motion tracking device to let users practice hand and wrist physical therapy at home.

RoboJay

Students working on Robojay

Campus tours are one of the most effective ways to showcase JHU to potential students. With assistance from the Office of Admissions, “RoboJay” will guide tour groups, starting from its charging station in Mason Hall, through the beginning portion of the JHU Undergraduate Tour, focusing on the robots that live

Interactive Floor Projection System

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The interactive projection system prototype displays images on the floor that are responsive to the movement of people through the environment. The movement of the objects on the floor triggers different animations that “follow” the person, creating an interactive experience with the students. The team leveraged a Java API endpoint

Nathan Towles and Evan Reynolds: Synesthesia Project

Nathan Towles DJ set with synethesia display installation

The goal of this project is to create an immersive, live, musical performance piece that provides the means to not only engage an audience’s auditory senses, in the traditional manner through the sounds, but also their visual senses through tightly-coupled, vibrant, visual displays. The design of Synesthesia was inspired by a combination

Hopkins Baja: Scale Model Body Panel Design

Scanning device reads object for Baja design test

Hopkins Baja SAE, a group of undergraduate engineering students (an car enthusiasts) build a car from scratch and take it to competitions with other university teams each year. For the past two years, body panels for the Hopkins Baja SAE team car have been designed in a Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) program.

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