In physical computing class, we were challenged to explore non-screen interactions using Arduino tested on prototypes of furniture which sense and responds to human interaction.
Our initial idea arose from “What if a table can detect how much your friends and family miss/love you?” We thought this idea would bring joyful interactions between distant loved-ones.
How it works
Duration: 3 weeks
Team member: Angela Piccolo
Project Type: Physical Computing, Tangible Interaction
Tools: Arduino, Laser Cutting
Below diagram shows how our project works using two Arduino boards. When someone hugs the pillow in one location, the pressure sensor sends data to another Arduino which is inside of the kids’ table. The pressure sensor data alerts Arduino to shoot out bubbles.
This circuit diagram shows how two Arduino boards are connected, one reading the pressure sensor and the other actuating servo to react.
In order to get the accurate reading from the pressure sensor, we wanted to add layers to protect the sensor from unnecessary readings. We tested a few different materials and found out layering with two cardboards around the force sensing resistor and another layering with two firm foams works best.
Testing with inflated plastic bags around the force sensing resistor.