Sensors Probes and Detectors I 2017

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Sensors, Detectors and Probes 1. September-October 2017

Sensors,probes and detectors is a gentle introductory class to electronics. In the context of art, sensors are important because they form a bridge between the natural world and the digital.From a design perspective, they are vital to creating interactive objects.

Week 1

Introduction to Electronics.

learning to recognize simple electronic components







Understand Voltage, Current and Resistance.

Mechanical Metaphors for Voltage/Current/Resistance and Flow.

Understanding Computation

- The difference between Analog and Digital. - Relationship between Analog, Digital and Sensors

Computers & Art

Readings: Exhibition catalog/Cybernetics

Assignment #1: Build your own switch(SENSOR 1)

Assignment #2: Build your own computer

Learning to use a breadboard.

Week 2

-What is a microcontroller?

-Introduction to the Arduino IDE.




Analog Input Digital Output


For Statement



Readings: "What is it like to be a bat"- Thomas Nagel

Readings: Alvin Lucier - Program Notes for Vespers

-SENSOR #2: The Ultrasonic Sensor

-OUTPUT #2: The Servo

Learn to use the Library Reference

Assignment #1: Research on Bats, Sensing and Frequencies

Assignment #2: Build a Bat communication device.

Week 3

- Introduction to Soldering

- Reading a Schematic

-Solder your own Arduino

- Burn your own Bootloader

+some more electronics

- Transistors ***Transistors and servos****

- Diodes Again***Diodes and D.C motors***


- analogRead() again

Assignment #1: What is sampling? What is the Sample Rate of Arduino?

Assignment #2: Make a list of ATMEGA chips

Resistors in Series

Resistors in Parallel

Capacitors in Series

Capacitors in Parallel

Voltage Divider


Serial communication with Processing

DATA types with Serial

Char to Int

Week 4

Final Project

Project 1

Build a Swarm of Robots, each with a specific behaviour. Each of these behaviours will be guided/controlled by a simple sensor. Design a collective of robots that exhibit complex behaviour based on these simple reactions.

For Eg: 1 of the robots could be attracted to light/sound or repelled by it.

Project 2

Design a performance in collaboration with a performer/dancer using echolocation.


Reading 1: Exhibition catalog/Cybernetics

Reading 2: "What is it like to be a bat"- Thomas Nagel

Reading 3: Alvin Lucier - Program Notes for Vespers

Reading 4: From Ants to People, an Instinct to Swarm

Reading 5: Swarm Behaviour

    • Auto Notes**

V2 V2 week Tu they learnt basic sensors connecting them to the arduino full stop full stop next paragraph stop readings in week 1 how to detect a bat artwork Alwin Lucia best cars vestas full stop next paragraph Thomas Mega what is it to be a bat cybernetics conference cybernetics and 8 address in programming be focused on a single sensor which was the ultrasonic sensor decided to work with only this cell the students agreed they felt that too many sensors cause them a lot of confusion and it would be distracting the idea for the coming week is to focus on the ultrasonic sensor and use it completely and towel in week 3 we start the basics of soldering in order for them to understand fabrication technique conceptually and philosophically sensors detectors and crops are interesting and it would be worthwhile to focus on these aspects and not just the technical aspects of being able to use and understand this technology week 1 understanding computation building a simple computer analogue computer digital computer the difference between analogue and digital and how it relates 2 senses basic electronics Ohm's law relationship between current Uttej voltage and resistance metaphor for electricity mechanical metaphors for electricity water floor flow of water