I have found an inspiring project that I’d like to tackle as a combined final project for both my Intro to Computational Media and Intro to Physical Computing class. It is a device that uses an Arduino and Processing to draw images on a wall.
So building another version of these items will certainly not be groundbreaking technology. The hardware set-up seems manageable for a beginner like me.
Nonetheless it will certainly be a helpful learning experience for me since I am rather inexperienced in the physical computing realm.
But I am also intrigued by the possibilities to add on to the concept once I get the basic foundation built. First, I would like to offer it up for use by the ITP community in a common area on the floor if possible. It could allow students to showcase their talent or to make announcements about upcoming events. It would be great to have a system of archiving what is produced and posting it online, or simply hooking up a camera for live viewing of the pen drawing. It could draw weekly, daily or hourly. Perhaps I could generate an online queue that would allow people to submit their work and have it draw when it is available or at a certain date & time. Perhaps the pen could also write comments from the community about the generated art. Perhaps the generated art could be on a whiteboard but the comments could be printed out on paper below. Perhaps there could be a way to integrate the feed with the laser cutter, silk screen or Makerbot 3D printer. Perhaps I can create a dock that can hold different colors or types of pens and cycle through them as needed in the drawing, escaping a mono-color approach.
Also, it would be good to explore a range of image processing options for translating a photo or SVG image into a drawing. Der Kritzler writes left to right, one line at a time. Others like SpritesMods version seem to draw with an assortment of up/down/left/right movements.
With my recently completed media controller project, we rushed to get all the pieces together in time for the deadline. I am hoping with this project that I can get the general outline of the device working a good week or two before the deadline so that I can spend more of my attention on these other style/output issues. This, along with the image submission/queueing, could help refine the product and make it more accessible for the user. I believe there is considerable value in these tweaks.