Physical Computing Week 1: Joe Tapson, Lawrence Osborne

For the first week we began to search for inspiration and product our initial concepts. From the first session of learning to make an LED blink on an Arduino board, we began by brainstorming ideas related to a heart pulse rate in humans and other mammals. Due to the distinct nature of a heart pulse, a system of flashing LED’s that visually emulated the sound would be very recognisable.


We also explored the art of snake charming in which snakes are hypnotised by the sound of a Pungi instrument that causes vibrations within the skull structure. This causes the snakes to become transfixed and thus they calmly wave around and twirl. This system could be potentially replicated using electric motors/servos that activate when sound is detected to oscillate a small sculpture that would emulate a cobra’s movement.





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