Project 2 – Updates

Technical Progress

We decided to use Rasperry Pis that are connected with Wifi. The reason for this is that we have two raspberry pis available, are able to acquire two more from the Fab Lab and that we found promising tutorials on the internet.

The circuits won’t be very complex since we only want to attach 4 LEDs on each one. More challenging are the libraries that need to be installed in order to catch, manipulate and play sound.

I have to admit that I prefer Arduinos, as they can be directly connected to a computer. With the Raspberry Pis this is not possible. An external monitor and a keyboard are needed to get a human readable GUI (for the Arduino there is the very useful IDE with which it is super easy to turn on some LEDs. Not so for the Raspberry Pis). Without those external devices the Pis can only be controlled via the Terminal.

For the Wifi we will turn one Pi into a router.


The five Raspberry Pis. One router (left), four connected ones.

Furthermore, we split the work a little further. Since I am the only one without a Raspberry Pi and they can only be accessed via the command line (none of us has an external monitor) I got a little “left behind” on the technical implementation. Although I would love to be more involved, I will from now on concentrate more on the look and feel of the installation (sound and looks), mainly the creation of the cases.

The Cases


  • Aesthetic: Organic/Otherworldly/Mystical
  • Can contain a large number of devices of varying size
  • Can be attached to in varying environments (modular)
  • Cheap
  • Scalable
  • “go well” with forest surroundings.

Organic ↔ Geometric
Fluid ↔ Strict
Blend ↔ Contrast
“Fairy” ↔ “Alien”

I like the thought of combining the hard and the soft, both in material and in design.


Here are some inspirations I gathered:


Lord of the Rings: elvish architecture. I like the way it integrates with the surrounding nature and yet is something elevated and foreign.

Initial Sketches



Implementation Timeline

My intention was to focus on one case and do that well. Specifically, I thought of layering several boards of wood that would in combination from a pattern. Something like this: Designs by Gabriel Schama .

In class 07/01/16 everyone briefly explains what they aim to do, and we get the task to create a timeline.


Decide Material:

  • acrylic/wood (+ silver spray?)
  • research price
    • acrylic (from Weber in Paris)
    • wood


  • 3 Wifi Dongles
  • 1 speaker
  • Wednesday: buy first material
  • Thursday 14/01/2016: cut the design of the case, assemble
  • Thursday 21/01/2016: first case finished, improve it → cut second design
  • Thursday 28/01/2016: incorporate with all components, play with how light reacts to the sound





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