Magnetic Dessert

Kari Basaraba (2002)
Magnetic Dessert. CPSC 581 course deliverable (Saul Greenberg, Instructor), Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada, March.

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Abstract

Magnetic Desert is an ambient display where silvery rocks move around the desert to reflect the amount of motion in the immediate surroundings.The desert is constructed of steel ball bearings, sand, a Plexiglas dish, and a flower. Underneath are several small magnets attached to two rotating platters mounted on servo motors controlled by a PhidgetServo. While we can make any input control the desert, we now use a proximity sensor connected to a PhidgetInterfaceKit. As the motion in the room changes, the motors rotate to a particular position, thus "dragging" the ball bearings through the sand.

Bibtex entry

@MISC { 2002-MagneticDesert-Basaraba-0.47,
AUTHOR = { Kari Basaraba },
TITLE = { Magnetic Dessert },
HOWPUBLISHED = { CPSC 581 course deliverable (Saul Greenberg, Instructor), Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada },
YEAR = { 2002 },
MONTH = { March },
}