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things I made at ITP and after: sketches, prototypes, and other documentation

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wiimote Homography

As I’ve been preparing for my residency at DPI I’ve been investigating alternative ways to produce sonic drawings.  Several weeks ago, I saw (again) demonstration videos from Johnny Chung Lee’s Wiimote Projects and began thinking about whether my rope&pulley system was the ideal input for the audio drawings I’m going to be working on.  I envision drawing on a surface with “traditional” drawing tools (graphite sticks, maybe chalk, or markers) and mapping those large drawing gestures in realtime to audio in order to create sonic marks.  The infrared LED pens desribed by Lee could be used as a starting point for a sleeve which I could put around my drawing tools.  Although this departs from the rugged physicality of the rope&pulley, I think it will make the drawing process more intuitive.  

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with a Wiimote.  While it was fairly straightforward to get the Wiimote connected to my PC and run some of the demo programs, I’m going to be writing my software in Max/MSP/Jitter, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to transform the coordinates I get back from the camera in the Wiimote into coordinates on a rectangular screen.  I don’t think I’ll be projecting any visuals from my computer, but I want to resolve the pen position onto a regular rectangle so I can create a mapping to the sound generation component of my software.

Wiimote IR Detection Scheme-sm

Earlier this morning, I looked back at the Wiimote projects page and found that one of his example programs contained source code — and provided I can follow it, I think I can take what I’ve been learning about matrix operations in Jitter to implement it.



posted by Michael at 11:12 am  

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Space Planning for DPI Residency

I’m preparing for my residency at the Digital Performance Institute and have been working up some ideas of how I will use the space.  One of the challenges of working in this space will be the drawing surface; I don’t have a blank wall to hang my paper on.  After sketching a bit, one solution I’m considering is using a roll of seamless background paper mounted on a pipe above a 4′x8′ sheet of plywood which is attached to Auto Poles with some Super Clamps

1 side view

2 near camera position

3 plywood mounting

4 plywood mounting - closeup 

A 3/4″ thick sheet of 4′x’8 plywood weighs approximately 75lbs (or 34.02kg).  A Manfrotto Super Clamp is rated to hold 15kg, so I figure that a clamp at each corner of the plywood (along with some simple adapter hardward) should be able to hold 60kg.

posted by Michael at 11:30 am  
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