5 Easy Pieces: "Rabid Prototyping" With "Physical Computing" and Other Dirty Tricks.

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B301


Magic Windows, Football Field Style Bicycle Race Clocks, Talking Coffee Cups, Space Invaders Style Video Games, and A War On Christmas Lights.


Using Arduino and other open source tools, I will demonstrate that it is possible to create a wide variety of very complicated projects in a very short period of time.
As examples I will use 4 art pieces and a gadget built for a sporting event. While each uses the wiring/arduino platform in some way, they are remarkably different in what they do. I will discuss the process involved in putting each the pieces together as well as the tools in my bag of tricks.

Speaking experience


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    Donald Davis

    Suspect Devices,


    My name is Donald Delmar Davis and I am from a town of 500 people in rural Washington.

    My frankness and lack of social skills have led most people to question my character.

    I spent 2 of the last three years working for an Open Source Technology Center at a constant 68 degrees maintaining servers. These servers wer running a version of an open source operating system that was absorbed and then abandoned by a major closed source network operating system, to a community who all but abandoned it. This was required because it was used by an open source build system ostensibly used by a local silicon manufacturer and later abandoned by them after admitting that they could not build cleanly from source using their system to build an open source operating system first heralded and eventually abandoned by a major automotive trade group.

    The remaining time has been spent making art without computers.