After my first interactive project at OpenLab in 2005, and the video realtime workshop given by imal this summer, I really wanted to learn more about sensors and their working. So, this workshop was a good starting point to play with this.
I had no skills in electronics and just a basic knowledge of max-msp which was already expired on my computer… I had to work with pure data which is less user friendly and to deal with electronic theory stuff which seems always very “abstract” when you are not in the practice. Well, the first day was hard but when we started to build our own sensor it was getting very fun, almost the soldering of very small resistors, diode and wire together…
In the end, we have built a multi-sensor box with the arduino breadboard inside and we add small applications (sound or visual) to the data’s captured in pure data. The first sensor we have built was a kind of Â« slider Â» detecting fingers position, the other was a piazzo on wich you can knock and the last one was a magnetic sensor.
As a conclusion I can say that I really liked the aspect of combining something practical with computing. This was a good starting point and I have discovered a complete new world. But I also realized that there is still a long road to go to develop the projects I like to do…