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Caliper

Catching up from past projects: this one is called Caliper, which I finished in December of 2011. The elongated steel forms have electromagnets inside that cause the wires to resonate in harmony.
Caliper @ SCA

More photos after the jump.

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Cant, as installed at Tamarind earlier this year

Finally edited together the video documentation. Jeeeez! It’s been like eight months!

Cloud, for the 516 fundraiser

Cloud, 2011.
Mixed electronics, test tubes, microcontroller.

This was a kind of one-off for an fundraiser benefitting 516 Arts in downtown Albuquerque ahead of ISEA 2012. The lights flicker, flash, pulse, speed up and so on.

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Another distress beacon

This one was sold at the graduate art association’s annual silent auction fundraiser at SCA contemporary.

Unlike the first one, the design is just monochrome, but MUCH brighter. One power MOSFET controls all the lamps. That low-gauge copper wire that forms the cathode also acts as the heatsink for the piece. Also addressed in this design is that the temperature sensor is now attached to the metal jar lid via heatsink paste so that it’s less affected by the heat given off by the other electronics.

Total power consumption is one watt. :)

DIY S.O.S. Beacon for Everyday Use


I recently sat down with a friend to discuss plans for an Infobox at his art space near downtown Albuquerque. You know, a free sort of box in which to put zines, audio cassettes, revolutionary materials, or whatever, all for 24-hour public access. During this process I began to wonder about a kind of universal symbol or beacon that might be co-opted by other likeminded individuals concerned about the state of affairs in our nation and abroad. Jokingly, I suggested an SOS beacon — we could just leave it on perpetually, signifying a constant state of distress. Well, here we go.

It’s mostly made out of free or garden-variety radioshack parts, which should make the thrifty happy. For the sake of variety it uses multicolored lights and varies its speed with the ambient temperature. The housing is from a blown lightbulb, the power supply’s from a junk cellphone charger, and the whole thing’s held together with hot glue! Complete details after the jump.
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