So, this week I’ve been splitting my time between two projects. Firstly, most of the parts for my drone arrived, so I put the frame together and installed the engines. I’m planning to solder the wiring harness later this week, and get everything set for the arrival of the flight controller and battery.
My other project involves a photo sensor, and is a bit more programming intensive. Arthur Clarke’s third law of prediction states that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Now, this week’s example may not be indistinguishable from its magical counterpart, but I do intend to mirror the function of a magical object with technology. In The Lord of the Rings, Galadriel gives Frodo a glass phial containing light from the Two Trees of Valinor. When presenting her gift, Galadriel tells Frodo that it is “a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out”. While the Light of Earendil provides several miraculous abilities to Frodo, my project focuses on the light as described by Galadriel.
I have taken a mason jar, and plan to fill it with an Arduino board programmed to read from a photo resistor. When the photo resistor reads low light levels, the board powers several LEDs, set to increase in brightness as other light sources dim. In this fashion, it is truly a light for when all others go out. I would also like to incorporate this 9V Arduino battery plug, so that the jar can be carried by aspiring adventurers instead of being tethered to a wall.
On the broader digital art front, I came across a VR opera currently seeking funding.
Valve has just unveiled its own VR headset, the Vive, produced in partnership with HTC, which could be used to view such an opera, or, of great interest to me, the motion sensing capabilities of the headset could be used to control a drone’s camera gimble as the operator moves her head, literally looking about through the drone.
Last week, I built a mock Jurassic Park gate. When the gate opens, and the circuit is broken, the LED turns on, hopefully warning those nearby that dinosaurs may be loose.
Also, robot spiders playing poker, just because.