While I haven’t updated this website in a while, this section will showcase some of my work for a course titled “Kinetic Sculpture with Arduino” in which I get to tinker with the Arduino micro-controller board while learning some basic electrical engineering skills.
I am very interested in ways in which emerging technologies drive philosophical questions into the political realm, particularly those related to privacy. I’ve recently been looking into the interaction between night time surveillance cameras and infrared light. Most of these sorts of cameras use infrared light to “see” in the dark. Several hobbyists have attempted to use infrared LEDs to effectively blind nighttime security, as well traffic and red-light, cameras. These projects seem to vary greatly in their effectiveness, making it difficult to figure out how well this approach works on real world surveillance technologies. In this area, I have been particularly inspired by Adam Harvey’s Stealth Wear project.
Below is a video of an Arduino program I wrote earlier this week. In class we learned how to make a single LED blink, and for homework, we were asked to expand upon what we had been taught. I wired a series of LEDs together, and programmed them to spell out the word “blink” in Morse code. Dots are represented by one second of “on” time, whereas dashes are signified by a three second long flash. I have also included the Morse code for the word “blink” below, so you can follow along.
B - dash dot dot dot
L - dot dash dot dot
I - dot dot
N - dash dot
K - dash dot dash