Robotic Arts Intro Fall 2019 (IA277.01)

09/27: Arduino is here --- [Connecting/Architecture/Digital IO]

Welcome back!

Today, we will go over together:

  1. Roomba observation
  2. to be a roomba
  3. What is arduino?
  4. Architecture (hardware) of arduino
  5. Overview of Arduino IDE (software)
  6. Basic coding structure
  7. What is a variable?
  8. Blinking LEDs with arduino
  9. Digital input and Digital output
  10. Conditional logic
  11. Using switches
and we we will work on:
  1. Using 2 or more digital outputs
  2. Using 2 or more switches
  3. Making a function
  4. trying out different examples

Today's Code

Code we used today can be found here!
Digital Input and Output

Important resource

name arduino
Italian name arduino on

How Computers Work: Information (binary)

Formula for Computer Art

.walk Presentation

Science Fiction

BIY™ (Believe it Yourself) – Real-fictional belief-based computing kits by Automato


The Artificial Defense Mechanism project by James Chambers

Electronic Harvest day is in Two Weeks! (10/11)

Thomas Thwaites: How I build a toaster -- from scratch

what to bring

e-waste locations


We will not have a class next week!
Please work on your assignments!


Presentation — speculative projection

You are pitching your big idea to grant funder, organization, research institutions. Please put together a 5 minute presentation on your idea inspired and related to robotic arts (think of robotics in expansive ways). This proposed project does not have to be confined to a technical limitations nor a funding but there are a couple of requirements.

  1. Descriptions --- Describe your project concisely. Imagine an audience who does not come from an Art background.
  2. Present minimum of 3 presidents and describe why they are relevant to your ideas. Presidents can be a similar projects that exercise your idea. This does not have to be an art piece. Presidents can be something that relates to your project in its quality.
    Important: what is a similarity and the difference between your presidents and your idea?
  3. Drawings and sketches that demonstrate your ideas.
  4. Think about what is the simplest version of this project.


Speculative Everything Chapter 5 A Methodological Playground: Fictional Worlds and Thought Experiments