Color Grid Array…

March 14, 2007

Looks like building the circuit is going to be beyond our expertise and timeframe talking with EE and the resellers.

Our next choice is to pick up a pre-packaged lighting controller from a reseller like Animated Lighting. They provide lighting control boards that allow for custom solutions. The board has 16 channels so we could build a 16 x 16 array or smaller of either single color lights or I Color RGB systems. The rgb system is the nicest solution because it would allow us to build the array and each pixel would be any rgb color we program it to be… so basically we could create images using the array. Of course this is the high-end solution and costs approximately $500 per 50 lights. Using single color LED systems the price drops to around 75 cents a light so it is a lot more affordable.

The animated lighting controller is decently affordable, which costs around $300, but the circuits were going to cost around $45.00 each and we need 8 of them so i think the pre-built controller seems like the way to go as long as it interfaces with non-proprietary software.

I spent about a half hour with their sales guy today at Animated Lighting but i need to talk more with the tech guy who is calling me tonight or tomorrow. I will give everyone an update in class tomorrow. See you around 4:30pm.

Project 001 Requirements

February 15, 2007

Abstract (graphic) – 11×17 Cut Sheet

Document 8.5×11
– narrative
– systematic overview, diagram/report
– details of system
– cost estimate

Landscape Sensing Types

February 8, 2007

Erosion (?), Seismic (?), Air Quality (?), Color (spectrometer), movement (tracking), moisture (impedence), wind (anemometer), sound (decibels), temp (thermometer), light/sun (photosensor), flow (stream guage), atmospheric pressure (barometer)

1. illogical variable (input/output)

2. worm hole

3. quasi-random public data

4. invisible phenomenon

5. mirror/reflection

6. amplification

Project 001 – Sensing

February 1, 2007

In order to effect the landscape through an interactive or immersive installation it is necessary to have a method for sensing and gathering data. This project will produce a series of sensing precedents and requires the group to create a proposal for a sensing methodology within the LSU Quadrangle.

Project 01 Statement

We will be meeting Thursdays at 5:30pm.

Sensing the landscape focuses on the technology and theory behind designing sensored, interactive, and immersive spaces. The course will have a lecture and lab component. Students will be expected to take the information presented in class and to create theoretical proposals and to test the technologies required to make them a reality. Students will work as a group towards a single common goal.


Possible Class Times…

January 25, 2007

Everyone needs to chime in on when we will meet as a class. It looks like we will need to meet one day a week in the evening. This could be any day that works for everyone but I would suggest Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 5:30-7:30.

Please comment to this post to vote for your favorite meeting time, thanks