Mechanics at work

In 2 weeks I pulled together an installation together with Join the Carnival to show the abilities of mechanics, the magic of RFID and personally customised sounds. At a seminar, participants got a business card that unlocked the mechanics of this machine to trigger a gift for showing up as well as a greeting.

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to prototyping fast and hooking up electronics to the internet through games, social networks and APIs.

From electronic parts to finished installation

With the electronics available today we can put it all into a working installation and a new interactive experience in the physical world. Out on the streets, in shops or in a remote place we can effect something in real time. RFID is used widely in the industrial process and logistics but can serve as magic in installations and measuring the behaviour of people around them.
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3D printers make it possible to prototype and produce an installation in little but no time to be scaled up and cloned.
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Creativity in the north of Sweden

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Together with the amazing speakers of Creative Summit 2013 I was invited to talk about my creativity in technology showing my work of electronics and programming.

Amber Case talked about the area between humans and machines and the history of cyborgs.

Bitsy Knox talked about her experiments of creativity and art work.

Christine Sun Kim played her audio work and described her experience of exploring sounds.

Denise Wilton from Berg in London described the creatives process of their impressive work.

Sofia Svanteson, founder of Ocean Observations talked about how our cars can communicate their health and how the possibilities for doing the same with the human body is here.

Susan Stone from Tonic revealed the science of music and how it affects us as humans in our everyday life as well as in advertising.

Katrina Todd from Contagious Magazine with her insights and experience into trends of behaviour and digital experiences moderated the event.

Stunning workshop

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Stunning is looking in to how to combined their knowledge and great skills in web and mobile with the physical world. I hosted a workshop to get a handson experience with Arduino and how to connect electronics with the web in real time.

Workshop at Berghs

berghs_ellen_sundhGenerating ideas based on electronics? Yes, with the plethora of electronics sensors at hand and the ability to put them together I hosted a workshop that generate ideas based on electronics and technology available today. By focusing on technology for ideation the teams at Berghs took the back door into coming up with new ideas supported by new technology.

Building a SDK for expressing your self

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Helping Keewords to build their awesome platform to enable people to learn new languages through apps. By gamifying the experience of learning a new language, people can train to learn new words. Leaving grammer to focus on the words Keewords supply users with a large database of words to practice on.

I helped Keewords on building a SDK for the apps and building Flipping Words, one of 3 apps running on the Keewords platform.

Electronics workshop for beginners

Coda Collective spent a Saturday facilitating an electronics workshop for beginners together with Anders Mellbratt hosted at Ziggy Creative Colony. With 20 participants we made an introduction into physical computing and the world of sensors. Display both hobby projects and commercial projects the participants got a quick insight into how to make projects and campaigns with physical computing.

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Among commercial project some of my private projects were presented.

Depressed shoe shelf
With the help of sensors this shoe shelf can tell when in a grumpy mood or just overjoyed about being appreciated for taking care of people’s shoes. See the entire process on tech blog sundh.com.

Bad posture
A simple bend sensor can serve as your assistant telling you off for caving in to your usual unhealthy posture. Read on about Bad Posture on sundh.com

The sweet taste of Facebook like

We Facebook like as we know it is sprinkled through out the the internet as a recommendation, a way to keep in touch and sharing your world with other. I like just becomes a number in you Facebook Insights. What if you could value the Facebook like more and actually taste it?

As a project for Society46 where I previously worked I hooked up a custom built candy machine with the Facebook Graph API to put in a bit more value to what a Facebook like meant. As someone from the other side of the world would like Society46, we would get the reward by a simple drop of candy. A reminder and a taste of what internet can offer, remote interaction.

facebook_candy_machineThe candy machine also detected if someone checked in on Society46 and visiting clients would can a share of the sweet taste as Society46 got there name in the Facebook news feed.

With a starting cost of building and developing the candy machine the only cost to get people to interact with it was the cost of one melon candy.
The entire candy machine was build to unveil the mechanics of electronics and meccano working together.