Arduino Take OffIntro Arduino [ Physical Computing #2 ]


The stage 1 of physical computing [workshop of Tom] has been finished. This week we had a small brief named ‘Arduino Taking off !’ . We were divided into 6 groups and received a same task:

Transfer a message from the previous group to the next one, but in another way. That means we can not say it directly but have to make sure that the next group could understand this signal. The only rule is make it as creative as possible using arduino.

After discussing, my group decided to use light to transfer message. Precisely, we mapped a specific meaning to each colour of light. Because the colour of light could be change according to the code we wrote in arduino, we can theoretically get a number of combination if we use properly the colour and orders.

JJ and I were in charge of coding, while Nidhi and Eva work on the craft. It is not hard for us since we had already learned similar code from Tom. Just solder the module together, wire them and input code.

Unfortunately, both of the message we received were totally wrong, due to the noisy environment I think.

Other groups were brilliant as well. Some of them use flag, while other use sound and Morse code.

Arduino Take OffIntro Arduino [ Physical Computing #2 ]

Carbon Emission from Transportation #Collaborate!#

Carbon Transportation


[ Text author: Simon Choppin ]

Walking and cycling have long been considered the most environmentally sound methods of getting around. They still are but some environmentalists have argued that food production has become so fossil-fuel intensive that driving could be considered greener than walking (though the analysis has been debunked as flawed).

What of other, more obviously polluting, modes of transport? The data below gives an idea of how your carbon footprint might grow depending on how you make a journey. If you were to take an average domestic flight rather than a high-speed electric train, you’d be personally responsible for 29 times as much carbon dioxide.

The data also highlights how the UK government’s plans to electrify parts of the rail network could cut emissions. Diesel trains are responsible for more greenhouse gases than electric trains, even taking into account Britain’s carbon-heavy electricity production.

On the roads, next-generation hybrid and electric vehicles can help those of us behind the wheel to be that little bit greener. However, no journey is completely carbon free.


[ Data: Emissions by different modes of transport ]


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Carbon Emission from Transportation #Collaborate!#

Intro Arduino [ Physical Computing #1 ]


This is the first stage of physical computing, mainly making of workshops from my technician Tom. During few weeks, we learned how to assemble several part of electronic stuff together. By electronic stuff I mean those are LEDs, buttons, wires and some other things that I can not even name them. However, what surprising is following the guideline, sticking parts together, pluging in cable and it really works!

It is not easy to really get into coding, for a designer. Not only because the coding itself, but also the logic behind a program. In my opinion, it is really meaningful for us. Maybe we can not get a lot from workshops in weeks, but it will inspire the thinking way of us. When we build the idea, what should we think about?

Intro Arduino [ Physical Computing #1 ]