Open Tools: From input to output

From input to output: get introduced to the basics of Arduino and Processing for environmental data collection and visualization with cutting-edge interactive artists Gabriella Levine and Marius Watz.

Workshop dates
July 21st-25th (one week)

Citizen science and the ubiquity of open hardware platforms like Arduino offer a new paradigm for innovation, making it possible to create low-cost DIY tools for scientific and industrial applications like data collection and lo-fi robotics. This democratization of technology is one of the driving forces behind the Maker movement, bringing with it new models of research, innovation and collaboration (ie crowdsourcing, Open Source design, distributed manufacturing.)

This workshop will focus on how open hardware concepts can be combined with recent ideas in creative code and data visualization, allowing us to create technological solutions from the hardware level up. When creating smart objects or wearable technology for personal data tracking or sensory augmentation (ie NikeFuel, Nest, Google Glass), success ultimately depends on the ability to smoothly integrate custom hardware and software.

Students will be introduced to the basics of Arduino and Processing as a framework for creating data collectors and interactive objects, potentially networking them with custom software solutions or APIs to visualize the data collected and provide a channel for user interaction.

Key topics:
– Open source hardware, modular toolkits, mapping and sensor networks
– Data collection and smart objects
– Designing with data: How can data empower the user, whether as a tool for self discovery, home automation or DIY science?
– Code for parsing and visualizing data, both as static files and realtime data streams. This will include combining existing code libraries and data tools to create new user experiences.

Gabriella Levine
Marius Watz