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Here are a few notes on my progress so far.     Software Notes:  - installed raspbian after booting NOOBS - set up WiFI and keyboard/localization - updated to latest packages - ran raspi-config     - turned on ssh     - disabled GUI on boot     - enabled camera     - changed default pi password - rebooted took a picture with command:   # raspistill -o cam.jpg   (the underside of my desk)   Har ...
I seriously think this is the longest I have spent thinking about a project without actually turning a screw or working with software. This week the wife wanted to go to Hobby Lobby and that turned out to be a great time spent bouncing design ideas for the window frame. They have some great mirrors and the frames have the old country home look. It would be easy enough to remove the mirror and use that but somehow that feels like taking a big shortcut.   I have been looking at some PI appl ...
Introduction   Colorful Rotating Chinese Lantern: A rotating lantern with changing colors that is both, artistic and holistic.  It provides healing color moods, making a more peaceful environment.  Lanterns have a long history in Chinese culture.  You can sight lantern during moon cake festival and chinese new year, just to name a few.  I have going to make a rotating lantern with changing colors.  Here I am combining artistic and health themes into the project. ...
Musical Pi-Casso Hello everyone, I am excited to participate and get involved in the build for the project and hopefully finish within the designated time. This is my first time participating in any design challenge and I am pumped to get the things going. Below is the complete idea of the project and all the plans to go for the build and everything. As the title goes, the product proposed is to create an interactive environment for people by technical art installation. The product is a wall ...
Art is often made to appeal to a specific set of viewers.  This is the third blog in a series exploring the idea of using AI to recognize a viewer and adapt art to their age or interest.  The intent is to encourage early art appreciation while being attractive to all household members. In this post the cabinet for the project is started and the design process described.  Traditionally drawn design and fabrication with hand tools is compared to Computer Aided Design (CAD) and au ...
Today I show you my RASPI OS installation. I take only the Raspberry Pi and the CAM into the delivered housing and insert the given SD card into the slot.      The setup.      Power on.      The NOOBS is starting.      OS they can be installed without internet.        A short snapshot of OS installation today.           The OS is now i ...
Introduction In the Meantime, at Depot09... Components Roles Arduino Role Raspberry Pi 3B+ Role Auduino Motor Control Arduino Software Bonus: The Emotions Light Inside Previous Episodes Next Episode Introduction In this fifth episode of the Art-a-Tronic Picasso challenge, I have finished the torso motion with Auduino. At this point, before going in depth in the details, it is important to see the global design of this antenna. I apologize to not reveal t ...
Prior posts in the PiCasso Design Challenge: PiCasso Design Challenge - Kinetic Art Mobile - Post 1 PiCasso Design Challenge - Kinetic Art Mobile - Post 2   In the lyrics of Billy Preston (Will it go round in circles), ... Will it go round in circles, will it fly high like a bird up in the sky? ...  It was my goal to find out.   Today I assembled and tested one of the rotating arm/orbs for my Kinetic Art Mobile. There is never an end to the ways in which a simple exercise can ...
Following up the initial design of the Hologram Pi-ramid, the next step that made sense to me was to start designing the project in a 3D CAD/CAM software; this allows me to get a feeling on how the project should look like, make adjustments, corrections and most importantly, I wanted to measure the dimensions of each side of the Plexiglass pyramid once it was defined within the project.   I started by finding mechanical drawings of the key components like the Raspberry Pi 3B+ and the 7" To ...
Art is often made to appeal to a specific set of viewers.  This is the second blog in a series exploring the idea of using AI to recognize a viewer and adapt art to their age or interest.  The intent is to encourage early art appreciation while being attractive to all household members.   In this post the loading of software and recognition of faces using OpenCV on the Raspberry Pi 3B+ and Raspberry Pi Camera V2 are discussed.  A subjective comparison to the Raspberry Pi 3 ...
Introduction Moving the Torso: Parts Design The base The Rotating Support The clamp Assembling the Rotating Support The Base and the Body The Rotating Support Previous Episodes Next Episodes Introduction In this fourth episode, we see the completion of the torso movement of the Art-a-Tronic mannequin. The solution adopted seems working fine with good mechanic stability. The only problem was finding a way to get fast a considerable number of steel spheres ...
Hello everyone!!   I already received the Raspberry Pi kit from the courier. That was very fast!! As we all know, the kit contained a Raspberry Pi complete starter kit, PiFace digital 2 and the Pi Camera v2. Thank you to our sponsor for this great kit!!   So for this weeks update:   For starting the globe I had to think this in reverse "reverse engineer everything". I had to figure how many LED's I plan on using, in order to calculate the diameter of the globe. Since I am using ...
I'm so excited to be here as a challenger!  This is my first challenge, and the competition looks quite stiff.   I've already created a github repo to host my code.   To start things off, here is my application to be a challenger.           Reason for the Design Challenge: Combining a Raspberry Pi and art in a way that is not only technologically sound, but is also artistically pleasing, is challenging. challenge, I will be combining a raspberry pi w ...
Prior posts in the PiCasso Design Challenge: PiCasso Design Challenge - Kinetic Art Mobile - Post 1   I have received my challenger's kit early this week (Thank you so much for the cool toys!).  The first step in the journey was a brief proof of concept on the rotary joints that will make up the backbone of my mobile design. I had ordered some tiny slip rings and then dug into sketching up some designs.  Here are the slip rings:   These turned out to be pretty tiny, but ...
Last year for a TEDx Event I built a hand bell playing robot as an exhibit.  (See https://youtu.be/IeXUfnC5DCs)  Bot DingsALot is a machine that plays music using handbells.  It is built on a Raspberry Pi platform using Adafruit's PWM Servo Hats.  There are twenty finely tuned bells that in conjunction can make beautiful music.  I have had this piece on exhibit a number of times so I also added a MIDI keyboard controller to allow an onlooker to interact with the bell mac ...
therepairatrooper

Why

Posted by therepairatrooper Mar 22, 2019
I was asked this question by my son, why trying to create this when you could just use a Windows PC and some free image display software? The easy answer is "because". But I realized that this did not go far enough in explaining my motivation and what I wanted to accomplish. The purpose of course is to approach a situation from a different perspective and see what new skills I can learn. Sure I could follow the easy route but then I would not learn anything and it is important to always be learn ...
Introduction Moving the Torso: the Stepper Motor Previous Episodes Next Episodes Introduction After a series of positive comments and very good suggestions by shabaz  beacon_dave  and mcb1 it's time to go ahead another step. I mentioned the users whose comments helped me to address what in my opinion seems the best solution to proceed. What I consider important in this process is the fact the constructive critics focus the attention on possible alternative solutions a ...
THE IDEA   I have some spare stepper motors and CNC parts, so I thought to build an AI powered Painting Machine using the Raspberry Pi.   The machine will work as follows: a source image / photo is providedthe RPi Cam could be also used to take a photo the image / photo is given to a AI algorithm to transform it to the style of a famous painter inspiration (source: Two Minute Papers) white paper: Chuan Li, Michael Wand - Combining Markov Random Fields and Convolutional Neural Netw ...
The name PiCasso conjures up fine art masterpieces and exquisite artistic expression, however for this project I don't just want to create a work of art, I want to create a tool that allows works of art to be created. There are many forms of art and this project attempts to meld at least two of them with a tool that allows the process of creating graphical art itself to be a form of performance art. Essentially turning the process of creating graphical art into a spectator sport where the proces ...
Problem It can be quite complex and time consuming for a human to analyze smart home sensors data. As well it can take your attention from other important things.And attention is quite a rare commodity these days... Concept SHOAMM will sense the home and adjust music accordingly to convey state of the home. Each thing or sensor will have its digital twin as a musical instrument in the orchestra. Depending on its state it will conduct different type of music with a different volume and color. Sc ...
The Kit arrived! Here some pictures and a test assembly.   The Kit Raspi 3 kit SD + PCBA The PSU (did not fit for Germany ) PiFace Digital2 Assembly: All fit together without Housing . ...
armour999

The Unboxing

Posted by armour999 Mar 20, 2019
Thanks Element 14 for selecting my design as a competitor. I received the package on Monday and was thrilled.   I have thrown around some ideas for PiFace Digital 2 and will include some extra components from my workbench.   So at this point (warning : this may change ) my plan is to use the PiFace digital 2 and Enocean Pi to trigger the Pi Processing script to run with a event . The event may be a door is opened , a button is pushed and the magic is displayed on a HDMI monitor o ...
For my unofficial contribution to the Picasso Design Challenge I am planning to create a holonomic mobile robot which is one which can move in any direction but always maintains the orientation. To do this I am planning to put a step motor on each corner of the chassis. The four step motors will be calibrated to always point in the same direction and then will always move the same number of steps. In this way, hopefully, they will always all be pointing in the same direction. On the shaft of eac ...
Introduction   Note:  This is the original introduction to the project.  There is a summary which may be a better starting place for those wishing to understand the project here: PiCasso Adapting Art to Viewers: Conclusion, Blog #11 PiCasso Adapting Art to Viewers: Conclusion, Blog #11 Art is often made to appeal to specific age groups - usually adults.  Adapting Art to Viewers will explore the idea of using AI to recognize the viewer and adapt the art to their age or interes ...
Introduction Moving the Mannequin Thinking on How to Move the Torso The Most Affordable Solution Previous Episodes Next Episodes Introduction   I have already received the notification from UPS that the challenge kit will arrive next Tuesday 19; in the meantime, the exhibition installation goes ahead. Lorenzo's operas will create a path for visitors. As there are many different points of view you can read Art-a-Tronic, as well there are different paths you can fo ...
Hello Community,   Here is the introduction to my project POV Globe. I have been fastenated for years with Persistence of Vision (POV). I have created POV wands for my kids, but I have always wanted to create a globe. I want to go into great depths with this, starting with making it colour. The extent of what graphics I create will depend on the time alloted. I do promise not to disappoint!!   POV Globe Persistence of vision traditionally refers to the optical illusion that occurs w ...
I have been spending most of my free time and driving time mulling over the project. I have decided that how the monitor is framed is important to ensure that it has the look and feel of a real window. There are two challenges with this. Mounting the monitor flush in the wall would be ideal but not all construction situations are going to allow that as often basement walls might be 2x4 construction in front of a cement wall. So for this project I will focus on making an encompassing box that wil ...
Introduction The PI-Casso project Ready for Hacking Notes on the Exhibition The Caged Technologies The Gods of Lorenzo Work in Progress About the Sponsors Next Episodes IntroductionIt is a few years I cooperate with an artist and friend, Lorenzo Merlo, creating digital events and art installations. But there is a more, more strange coincidence that pushed me to enroll this challenge. Save the date: April 5,  2019. That day, around 7 P.M. I and Lorenzo ina ...
Introduction:   I am an engineer, not an artist.  My daughter is an artist and has caused me to look at the world through her lens by her art.  I have tried my hand at art as a means to connect with her on her ground. Concept: I have played with this concept for years, but never actually got this project off the ground.  The idea is a hanging mobile with multiple arms, where the suspended objects are controllable.  At the end of each arm (pivoting around a central s ...
DiPinto Da BRACCIO - Idea & Plan   1. Idea 2. How I envision this project working Functional Art Art for Art's sake Design 3. What I'll be using Hardware List of hardware Hardware Modifications Software 4. What's Coming Up BRACCIO disassembly and 3D model Raspberry Over Ethernet and Google Assistant 5. Conlusion     1. Idea     Hi! This will be my first blog for the PiCasso Design Challenge. First of ...
As I didn't want to be an official entry to this PiCasso challenge I have waited until the official contestants have been announced (well done to all of them) in order to avoid muddying the waters, so to speak. At the moment I'm still not sure what all of them will be doing so if any of my ideas clash just let me know and I'll do something else.   As I really like mobile robots (I really really like mobile robots) I wondered how to incorporate a mobile robot into this challenge. My idea is ...
Checking my email this morning I see an email from Phil. To be honest I did not expect to qualify for the challenge, but here I am. Long on ideas and short of experience would be the best description I can give. I feel a little overwhelmed and wonder what I have gotten myself into, but I am determined to see this through. My project, inspired by a trip to IKEA and seeing the number of offices and residential rental suites that have no view of the outside world. Sure you can hang a picture on the ...
While I was looking for inspiration to bring and idea to life for the PiCasso Design Challenge I came across something clever, really unique and something I really wanted to try for myself once I understood how it worked: A Hologram-like projection using the Pepper's ghost principle.   Using the Pepper's ghost principle one can create a 3-D illusion displaying symmetrically opposite images that seem to float in mid-air and which are visible from different angles, this by no means is a 3-D ...
A While ago I got a new shipment. It's a 8X8 LED matrix kit for Raspberry Pi. The idea is that I'll assembly the kit and use it to practice programming on the device - and then eventually I'll just replace the LEDs with resistors or something.. at least that's the theory. I'm still missing something and that is the motivation to start. I know once I start, things will move quickly as I cannot leave any problem unsolved, but also, as I know that this project will consume all my free time for so ...