creative use of technology

Nathan Towles and Evan Reynolds: Synesthesia Project

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…
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Hopkins Baja: Scale Model Body Panel Design

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….
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Origami Cosmic Web

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….
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Electric Skateboard with Weight Difference Sensing

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…
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Physical Rehabilitation Game

  Faced with the realization that stroke victims have very few resources at their disposal to aid in at-home recovery, students designed and developed a highly interactive software to make recovery affordable as well as highly effective. Smart phones are prevalent in both the developed and developing world, and they…
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Project Jetsons

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…
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Gingerbread Bromo Seltzer Tower

JHU students created a Baltimore-themed gingerbread house based on the iconic Bromo Seltzer Tower. The DMC’s 3-D printer was used to create the top of the tower, and the ice cream cone trees were lit from the inside with LEDs.  An Arduino motorized fondant Raven skated on a mirrored pond…
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Interactive Soft Sculpture

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…
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MakerBot

  One weekend in February 2011 several students built a 3D printer from a MakerBot kit. We hope to be taking orders for custom 3D prints soon; look for 3D object design workshops next fall! If you have an idea for a project that would utilize our 3D printer, please contact…
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Interstices

  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,…
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