Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Instructable for the Electro Hat

This was a very difficult and time consuming project. There were many backfires with the Arduino that was experienced while at home and not school as well as hat issues with the originally planned Umbrella hat. Due to these unforeseen issues I had to resort to my backup plan. The Floppy Hat. It still provided a great coverage of area for the LED's from my LED strip as well as providing for, overall nice hat to use. Hopefully someone will want this because I sure don't but I can say I'm proud that I made it.

Monday, April 3, 2017


Are Human Predisposed

Marshal McLuhan
     The medium is the message


Dovetailing -  fit or cause to fit together easily and conveniently or seamlessly

Ubiquitous Computing
     Geofencing: an example of ubiquitous computing: the use of GPS or RFID technology to create a virtual geographic boundary, enabling software to trigger a response when  mobile device enters or leaves a particular area.

 Neural Opportunism

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reaction To Natural Born Cyborgs 0-2

While reading through this book I attempted to come to terms with what Andy Clark is saying, if I'm interpreting him right I believe he is saying as the title clearly states that we are naturally born cyborgs. With the abilities of interacting with things such as pen and paper to solve equations of the sort. Our brain inside the skin bag is mostly to blame, in a good way for us being naturally born cyborgs. Although with this image of a cybernetic being consisting of part man part machine is currently trying to be erased from our memory by Andy Clark as he talks of our natural selves and what we consist of that makes us cyborgs ourselves. The term cyborg was actually first termed in Manfred Clynes' and Nathan Kline's Astronautics published article. Also mentioned below my reaction are notes gathered by Lauro Colasanti, who's page you can find here "" I use the notes he takes to help with my sort of understanding of Andy Clark as we take this time to read through his book "Natural Born Cyborgs"


We, human beings, are natural-born cyborgs; we are thinking systems whose minds and selves are spread across biological brain and non-biological circuitry.
This hybridization is not a modern development, it is an aspect of our nature as human beings.
We need to spell the old prejudice that what counts as “mind” is solely what goes on inside our own biological skin-bag. Perpetrating this separation between the inside (mental) and the outside (world) doesn’t allow us to understand a distinctive feature of human intelligence: the ability to enter into deep and complex relationship with non-biological props and aids.

The line between biological self and technological world, user and tools, is very flimsy.
We exist, as thinking things, only thanks to the supportive environment that we create and it creates us.
Maybe the small biological difference between human beings and animals becomes an enormous gap cause this plasticity of our mind.

Chapter 1 - Cyborgs Unplugged

The term “cyborg” was first used in 1960 by Clynes and Kline in their article “Cyborgs and Space”.

What is important in making a cyborg is
* Not the merger of flesh and wire
* Not the depth of the implant
* But the potential of transformation
* And for cognitive systems the fluidity of the flaws of information.

In our daily activity our biological brain is already cooperating with a lot of technologies (spoken or written words, drawings, pen, paper, notes, watches, etc.) which are not implanted in our body but nonetheless play a crucial role in our cognitive activities.

What blinds us about our cyborg nature is the ancient western prejudice that the mind is completely separate and different from the rest of the world. If we dispel this illusion we can understand that our mind and our self are problem solving systems constituted by brain, body and technologies.

The idea of human cognition as an hybrid is not new (Vygotsky, Bruner, Merleau-Ponty, Dennett, Norman, Hutchins) but underestimated.

Chapter 2 – Technologies to Bond With

Difference between transparent and opaque technologies

Transparent technologies:
* well fitted to, integrated with, the biological capacities
* almost invisible in use.

Opaque technologies:
* Not naturally integrated with the organism,
* Requiring constant attention, remaining in focus during operation
* It’s easy to distinguish user from tool

The distinction is not fixed. It depends on the tool and on the user.

Transparent technologies
* should be easily and constantly available
* are not knew (pen, paper, book, watches, etc.)
* often need a long process (the tool must change, but also the user and his culture) to became such .

Donald Norman, The invisible computer, MIT Press, 1999
“Technology centered” – “Human centered” products

A technology, at the same time, adapts to and shapes the cognitive processes of the user.

Differences between
* “Do you know the time?”
* “Do you know the meaning of the word ‘clepsydra’?”

Our sense of self is changeable, its not tight to fixed biological borders, but to our mutable experience in thinking, reasoning and doing, inside a system of strong mental scaffolding.

Danger of technologies “too transparent”

“ready-to-hand” – “present-to-hand”
focus on task – focus on tool

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Research Links

The idea for my project will be to take an existing hat and create something that depending on the light levels will turn on to a bright LED light so as to eliminate the need to search in the dark for the flashlight and instead of a pinpointed area such as a flashlight being the light's shall be around the hat it should have an area of effect within the stated area.

Things to reference while working on project:
A simple breadboard design using an LDR so as to prototype something to tell whether it is night or day. (Not an arduino so as stated strictly a possible prototype)

This uses an arduinio compared to just a breadboard so as I have a prototype to work with and an actual arduino project to reference form.

Another Arduino based Light sensitivity project that can be reference when working through code or connectivity also with a list of parts such as the one above.

Current list of Components:



LDR (Photoresistor):

Power source:

Still in research:
How to possibly protect components/ Placement of components.
Is Protection needed

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


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x*=y: x = x*y

&&: and
|| : or
!: not

if ( x > 0 && x < 5) {


if (x > 0 || y < 5) {


if ( !x > 0 ) {


constants: written in ALL CAPS


if ( b == TRUE) {



Monday, March 6, 2017


     - B.O.M. (Bill of Materials): well listed, everything, current prices?, Links (to items)
          - Description of the BBB (Bare Bones Build) Arduino Kit, explains the
     - Parts List (Excel Spreadsheet a +)
     - Grammar Counts
     - Language
          - Narrative - Voice (What's the voice in this?)
     - Quality Imaging
          - Lighting, Focus, Framing the composition, Video, Diagrams,
     - Documentation!!!!!!!!
     - Balance of Instructions per step
          - Steps: Use the goldilocks method (not too much, not too little)
     - Other types of assets : Coding for example (give credit as to how it evolved)

     2 Parts:
          - Equally Weighted (20 & 20)
          - 20 Points: Project Plant: The thing it is; the physical manifestation of it.
              - Formalists issues (line, shape, value), cultural issues, mechanical issues (does your thing actually work),

          - 20 points: Social
               - Communication
               - How well will you develop the project so that you can teach others how to create it

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Good, The Bad, and The Horrendous

Here we have three different types of tutorials, the good ones, the bad ones, and the absolutely horrendous ones. Seeing as we want to learn what a good tutorial looks like and the overall structure and how to on how to make one we have to look at these three examples. Let's begin shall we?

To start off we have the absolutely horrendous:

Here we have a tutorial on how to make a 3D printed weapon known as a "Tippman A5 Barret" with a very detailed picture of the steps he took, except he forgot one thing. The actual steps that need to be taken. What program did he use? What tools within that program did he use and when? The pictures are very lovely but pictures alone are in no way a good or even bad example of a tutorial, this is absolutely horrendous!

Here's the bad:

Here we have a tutorial that is, in my opinion, a whole hell of a lot better than the previously mentioned tutorial. There are actually steps to follow (although the steps not thought out well for anyone who has no experience with breadboards, or wiring whatsoever). And he even gives a diagram of what the end result should look like with a breadboard. Some of the qualms about it is that the steps are not very well explained. Anyone who has no idea what Vout or Vin (although this could be made with an educated guess) might struggle with this project and could possibly quit halfway through.

Here's the good:

Here we have a tutorial that in my personal opinion hits that "good" marker and goes beyond that, the publisher of this instructable goes through every step in enough detail that most anyone who buys the parts could go through and easily build this project. They even use pictures correctly to go along with the steps being stated below the pictures shown. What else do you need? Besides the money to pay for the supplies of course.