Design for Simulation – Final Presentation

My final piece for my Simulation project is finally finished. It was tough at stages to get together but I feel that it has been great and am very happy to see it working.

I am defiantly glad that I chose to wire up the custom lighting the way I did rather then make do with a standard light that wouldn’t really work the way I wanted it to. I think that the sizes could have been a little bit different, either the 3D models a little bit bigger or the box itself a little bit smaller but overall you can see the shadows well and the piece demonstrates simulation well alongside my digital models, photographs, paintings and prints which its good.

Below are some pictures of my final work

Final stages of animation

Nearing the end of my animation I am very happy with the progress that I have made. I am in the process of rendering 9 separate mini sequences of the animation that I will then compile together into one single movie. I’ve done it this way to have a little more control over the render time and if there was any issues after the render I would only have to render that segment rather then the whole animation again.

Double project experiment

Before using Arduino to work on my ideas for my double project I decided to go through the examples provided in the booklet. There were 11 projects in total ranging from simple fading LEDs to more complex controlling 8 LEDs using a shift register chip and controlling a servo. Below are some screenshots of some of the experiments I made.
8 LED’s

Printed layout of the circuit for 8 LEDs

Showing the circuit made for 8 LEDs

Showing the 8 LEDs in action

8 LED’s using Shift Register

The layout board for 8 LEDs controlled by 3 pins via shift register

Image showing the circuits for 8 LEDs controlled via shift register

Image showing the 8 LEDs in action using shift register

Motors and Transistors


This image shows the layout for the motor circuit

Double project ideas

For my Double Project I have come up with 4 different ideas to help me explore horror and to represent it the best I can in a physical format that can interact with viewers on some level.

Idea 1: Haunted box one – Vibrating box & Fading LEDs

For this idea I intend to create a box that will use Arduino to create two separate effects. Firstly it shall be connected to a servo which will lift up the lid of the box and drop it shut suddenly causing a bang as it lands. Also the Arduino will control a series of 3 LEDs which will pulsate green and shine through “cracks” designed in the box and through the lid when it is open. This together should create an eerie effect that would lead the viewer to wonder what horrors are within the box.

Haunted box 1 with a servo and 3 LEDs

Idea 2: Haunted box two – Moving eye and box lid

For this idea I intend to create a box and use Arduino to add features that move in an attempt to represent horror. To this effect I shall make the box itself vibrate using a motor. In addition to this I shall place an eye that pears out from the side of the box that looks left and right using a servo for movement.

Haunted box 2 with a servo and motor

Idea 3: Painting with moving eyes

This idea includes creating a painting of a person that can reside within a picture frame and have the eyes of the painting replaced with model / dolls eyes and have them linked up to an Arduino board. This board would make the eyes move left and right as if alive or someone is peering from behind the painting on the wall. To move the eyes I shall use a servo.

Painting with moving eyes controlled by a servo

Idea 4: Glowing dolls eyes

For this idea, I shall use a doll and fit it with an Arduino set up that includes a photo-resistor and 2 LEDs that when exposed to darkness the lights will slowly turn on. These LEDs will be placed behind the dolls eyes to create the illusion of evil glowing eyes.

Dolls eyes glowing with the use of a photo-resistor and 2 LEDs

Design for Simulation – Lighting construction

To create the lights used for my design for simulation project I looked at various different types of pre-made lights that I could install onto the frame of my box, however after experimenting with a number of these I found that none of them really worked out how I wanted it. However what I did notice was that some of the lights had a feature that would be usable to me, that’s when I decided to take apart the parts that I wanted from each light and put them together.

To start I took out the LED circuit board from a head mounted light, then using some wires I soldered the light board to a battery pack that I took from a wall mounted pull lamp. The batteries used were 4x AA’s. Between the battery holder and the light board I placed an 150 ohm resistor to protect the LED’s. This was not the ideal resistor to use for this circuit however as I was unable to obtain the required one. Using Ohm’s law I worked out that the idea resistor to use for these LEDs was in fact 48ohms. Because of this the LED’s are a little bit dimmer then I would have liked but it is still bright enough for what I require. From the LED board I then soldered a wire to connect up a red light up rocker switch and from this switch back to the battery holder.

Once I tested that the circuit was working I then used poly-morph plastic which I could heat up in hot water and mould around the rocker switch, which when cooled down formed a hard plastic casing that I then glued onto the box. I repeated this process with the LED board to secure it inside the box at the correct angle.

To make the front light I used a simple small LED torch with a press click button on the back. I then took the handle bar holder used on a bike light and placed the torch inside the holder which just barely fit but held the torch in tightly. Then I secured the light and holder to the base of the box.

I feel that taking the extra time and effort to create these light set ups myself has made a big difference in the quality and style of my project and has encouraged me to look at custom alternatives for other future projects I encounter.

Ohms Law:

Design for Simulation – #3 and #4 of my simulacra paintings and photos of shadows

Another stage after creating my 3D prints and creating shadows using lights was to then photograph the shadows and turn that into a painting. I actually did three paintings, two of which you can see here. I wanted to add an action part to the overall simulation but didn’t have the space to do so and that was a light on top of my cubic box so the people interacting with my installation would become apart of it and then film them and their shadow creating 5- 6 simulations. I’ve had so many ideas with how to go further with this if I get the time, I would love to create a much more extensive simulacra)

Design for Simulation – 3D printer experiments / lighting experiments

These are some photos of my design for simulation 3D print experiments. This was incredibly time consuming, far more then I first believed it would be and due to time constraints I couldn’t make the final 3D prints as big as I wanted, so I settled with using smaller versions. This wasn’t as successful as I also had a huge problem working out lighting there was many issues with this and i found my self constantly buying different lights from the pound shop from bike lights to LED click lights, even stick on pull click lights in the end I decided it would be best to make my own lights. I’ve always wanted to try this with some experience with Arduino and 30 in 1 electronic kit I went to Maplins and brought wire and and looked up online about circuits and resistors and decided rather then throw away all the lights I had already brought I started taking them apart and using the parts to try and make different circuits.

Design for Simulation – Perfect accident

Here are some print outs I made of my 3D model and they have each become another stage to the simulation (simularcua). The fact no two prints are the same and I tried different settings on the print for both colour and black and white, yet even though it messed up it created something brilliant!!!!!

Design for Simulation – Final construction of one of the final pieces

Here’s are some pictures of my construction of my main piece in my simulation (simulacra)

From building the cubic frame to printing the 3D models, the only thing I haven’t added yet is the wiring of the LEDs but as this construction is mainly of the 3D prints thought it better to explain that in another post.