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Listen to your Gut

Listen to your Gut

New project at ArtFab: Title:  Investigations of Intestinal Activity Using Sound Analysis, A Proposal to the Disruptive Health Technology Institute Investigators:  George Loewenstein (Professor of Economics and Psychology), Ali Momeni (Associate Professor, School of Art), Richard Stern (Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering), Abstract: Extensive research supports the commonplace intuition...
Robotic Gestures

Robotic Gestures

New project at ArtFab: Title:  Robotic Gestures: learning expressive motion through feedback and self evaluation in throwing tasks Investigators:  Joshua Bard (Assistant Professor, School of Architecture), Ali Momeni (Associate Professor, School of Art) Abstract: We investigate tools, methodologies and potential applications of expressive robotic control.  We choose throwing as an exemplar gesture...
Hackable Toy Drones for Critical Robotics

Hackable Toy Drones for Critical Robotics

New stuff at ArtFab: With support from a Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier (FRFAF) grant from the Studio for Creative Inquiry,we acquire a Brookstone Rover 2 land-tank-robot for student experimentation.  Here is some documentation form one project by by Akiva, Ruben and Bryan (more extended documentation here):
ml.lib: Machine Learning in Max and Puredata

ml.lib: Machine Learning in Max and Puredata

ml-lib is a library of machine learning externals for Max and Pure Data.ml-lib is primarily based on the Gesture Recognition Toolkit by Nick Gillianml-lib is designed to work on a variety of platforms including OS X, Windows, Linux, on Intel and ARM architectures.  Find it all here: github.com/cmuartfab/ml-lib This library is still...
Touch and Activate for Max and Puredata

Touch and Activate for Max and Puredata

“Touch and Activate” allows sensing with everyday objects.  This paper describes the technique, and this youtube video does a great job of explaining the approach. As a first example of the newly released ml.lib for Max and Puredata (machine learning and gesture recognition), here are some test patches that use ml.svm to...
Motor Driving: Pololu DRV8835 breakout

Motor Driving: Pololu DRV8835 breakout

A break-out for a break-out board! An ArtFAB breakout board for the handy Pololu DRV8835 bidirectional dual-motor driver.   ArtFab A4988 Breakout (adds headers, terminals and socket): The DRV8835:
Half-tone CNC Reliefs

Half-tone CNC Reliefs

Images from Self-Occlusion We propose a complete system for designing, simulating, and fabricating surfaces with shading due to self-occlusion that induce desired input images. Our work is based on a simple observation. Consider a cylindrical hole (a pit) in a planar surface. As the depth of the hole increases, the...
Fabrication Tidbit #3: Laser Origami

Fabrication Tidbit #3: Laser Origami

Pepakura + LaserCutter + 3D printer = laserOrigami  This system uses an elevated piece of material in the bed of a normal laser cutter. It cuts and heats to folds until it is in the desired form. Then the piece comes out already assembled.  
3pi: Tx boards master and slave v1

3pi: Tx boards master and slave v1

Tx board for x3pi robot. The master (bottom board) and a single slave (top board) allows for stereo high quality wireless audio transmission from a sound source, to a remote x3pi robot.
Koalas and Company Crest

Koalas and Company Crest

Material: 16 Gauge Sheet Bronze Design: Illustrator vector drawing on a Wacom tablet, imported into Rhino. Production Process: The drawing and text was engraved with a Whiteside 3/8″ 90 degree V-Groove Engraving Bit. The profile of the crest was cut out by hand with a jeweller’s saw. The crest was...
CNC Carving of Printmaking Woodblocks

CNC Carving of Printmaking Woodblocks

Milled Material: A 29×37″ sheet of White Birch Veneered Plywood, 1/2″ thickness, lightly hand sanded to 320 grit smoothness before and after milling. Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Rhino/RhinoCAM Printmaking Techniques: Relief Print with Chine-Colle. Ink: Daniel Smith Lithography Ink modified with Magnesium Carbonate Papers: Thai Unryu, Kitikata, Kozo, Mulberry,...
Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) on the CNC Router

Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) on the CNC Router

There are numerous ways to make printed circuit boards by applying a printed mask and etching them in a chemical like ferric chloride, but using the router can save a lot of time once you get over the learning curve and find the correct parameters. Additionally, you can mill the...
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Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Carnegie Mellon University‘s School of Art Fabrication (ArtFab) Facilities. ArtFab is a cross-disciplinary facility dedicated to research and pedagogy and the intersection of digital and physical media and techniques.  ArtFab is a part of SIS (Sculpture, Instillation and Site-Specific) area of the School of Art.  ArtFab is located on the...

TTDT: table top drone tracker

BeckonBot is a software for tracking physical markers to record complex drone choreography in realtime. It uses the ARToolkitPlus library to detect and track fiducial markers and subsequently analyzes the physical marker through OpenCV with data collected from ofxLearn. A detailed interim documentation can be found here. You can follow its development on Github.

Statuevision – Glasgow

Statuevision – Glasgow is a child project of Statuevision – Washington, which seeks to act as an interface between the audience and local history. The project was exhibited in Glasgow, Scotland on June, 2015. Built in the Unity engine, the audience is able to navigate and interact with the environment using the Leap Motion Controller. Various...
Dranimate

Dranimate

Dranimate is an interactive animation system that allows users to rapidly and intuitively rig and control animations based on a still image or a drawing using hand gestures. Dranimate is currently being developed in ArtFab by Zach Rispoli and Ali Momeni. You can follow the development and download the application on the GitHub repository. Motherboard:...

3D Scan of ArtFab taken with Skanect

DIY Video Multiplexer/Switcher: The Moon Walk

Max to Pololu 3pi with Wixel Wireless

Max to Pololu 3pi with Wixel Part 2

Max to Pololu 3pi with Wixel Part 3

Max to Pololu 3pi with Wixel Part 4

Max to Pololu 3pi with Wixel: Whirlathon

3pi Robot Dressed Up

Kinect and iPhone Gesture Tracking to for ABB Robotics Control