Apr 11, 2014
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New installation - Augio

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A few weeks ago, I was drinking coffee with a friend who was organising the first in a series of sound art and noise nights in Manchester. The friend in question, Manoli Moriaty, mentioned that he’d love to have a visual feedback system for their multichannel speaker setup at some point, which would respond to the frequency and volume of the audio. I mulled over the idea in the days that followed, and decided that it’d actually be relatively straightforward to create such an installation. I pitched the idea to Manoli and, within a fortnight, Augio was born.

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Feb 24, 2014
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Still Alive

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Contrary to my lack of posts since October (!) I’m still alive and making things. Full-time employment finally came along for me, so I’ve not taken the time to sit and write about my work in a while.

As a quick update before some bigger projects come together, here’s what I’ve been up to:

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Oct 4, 2013
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Creating Subversive Little Box #2

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After a considerable gap in development, I have decided to return to my Subversive Little Boxes project, and have started working on the second instalment in the series…

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Jul 11, 2013
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'Return of the Mutant Kettle!' - developing my Geo Kettle

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In my last blog post – a roundup of my various wheelings and dealings in June – I mentioned that I was just beginning to revisit my remotely operated kettle idea. While the idea was initially a humorous proposal following my discharge from hospital earlier this year – and a nice gentle project to undertake following surgery – I was nonetheless happy with the results, and made a note at the back of my mind that it might be worth exploring further.

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Jul 4, 2013
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June

Last month was a fairly busy one for me. I’ve started working on a new batch of projects – some adapted from earlier prototypes – and I’ve been spreading word of my work the world over…sort of.

Here’s a pick what I’ve been up to:

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May 4, 2013
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Practical Interlude: improving the modern classic gaming experience

I’ve decided that alongside my creative projects - which seem to be in a constant state of unbloggable flux lately -  I’ll post a few of my more practical, technical tinkering projects on here; trying to keep them as interesting as possible. First up, using classic controllers on modern consoles with the help of Arduino:

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Alongside my recent foray into the world of unusual game controllers (more of which to come in the next few weeks) I’ve also ended up attempting to bridge the sizeable collection of classic gaming hardware in my house with some of the newer gear currently holding fort underneath the TV.

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Apr 11, 2013
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A laser-cut, wooden enclosure for Subversive Little Box #1: ‘Spotify Economy’. Thanks to Jerry & Jason @ Pure Fine (the men with the cutter). More details.

Mar 11, 2013
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Awkward Arcade: motion-controller for Pac-Man

Having sat on a box of Digisparks – some very small Arduino variants – for the past few weeks, I finally decided to give them a quick test for this week’s ‘Monday Night Hack’:

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Mar 6, 2013
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Mood Lamp/Email Indicator

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Having just received an AlaMode – an Arduino-compatible shield for the Raspberry Pi – I decided to give it a quick run out with this project:

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Feb 19, 2013
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For the love of moving parts

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This is the first thing that I’ve made since coming out of hospital recently. It’s not overly ambitious but it’s fun, and has raised (or re-raised) some interesting questions for me:

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Jan 21, 2013
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Physical Echoes: Creative Technology Showcase Opening

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Note: while this post might seem a little like me giving myself a great review, what I really want to get across is how blown away I was by the response I got at the Creative Technology Showcase opening last Thursday evening. Thanks to everyone who came along and made the event a success, and…

Dec 6, 2012
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The Dead Percentage

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I must warn you: you might consider this post to be slightly morbid. The Dead Percentage is a new tweeting project of mine that lets you know what percentage of a film’s leading cast is now deceased.

A bit of context might help explain:

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Dec 1, 2012
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iTunes ‘MiniPlayer’ Replacement

Like many other people this week, I updated to iTunes 11. Apple’s latest revision of its central media application has seen some quite significant alterations to its overall aesthetic and functionality, and drops features like Coverflow* and a useable mini player…wait, what?

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Nov 20, 2012
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Hide My Face - real-time face pixelation for your webcam

A quick little tool I knocked together (mostly amalgamating other tools) to preserve anonymity when using a webcam…yet another by-product of a different project idea.

Hide My Face has a simple, single slider interface, designed to control how much your face is concealed – or revealed – when looking at a webcam. Move the slider to the left and you’re out in the open, move it to the right and you’re heavily pixelated. The pixelation is incremental, so you can gradually reveal your face or, alternatively, snap one way or the other instantly.

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Nov 8, 2012
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Raspberry Pi - Tweeting Letterbox

An example of a practical outcome from a prototype design.

What does it do?

The tweeting letterbox sends me a picture of my hallway – roughly the ‘drop zone’, beneath my letterbox – every time something gets posted through the front door.

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