Sensors Probes and Detectors II
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. Sensors, probes and detectors II is the next level of Sensors, Probes and Detectors.
6 March 2017 -
These are the participants during the 6 week class. Click on their names to find out their reflections on their experience of the course.
The concept was to create a device to allow café and pastry chefs to do smaller decorations within cups and mugs or even to round off smaller cream domes. The simple mechanism involves a motor with a regulator that can be held easily to allow various orientations as well as speeds. The prototype involves:
- DC motor
- The code regulates the output to the motor.
We (human and non-human) all sense our environments, without the mediation of electronic instruments.
What if our sensors, probes, and detectors are alive?
We set out to explore on a more conceptually expanded scale, what it means to sense, probe, and detect our environments and the inhabitants within.
What is a Biosensor?
Some ideas on definitions:
« Something biological / living that responds to the environment »
other terms Bioindicator
- Time to Response
- Location / Containment
- Sustainability / Safety /
Sensing, Probes, Detectors Some Examples
- Smog Tasting by The Center for Genomic Gastronomy - "Smog Tasting uses egg foams to harvest air pollution. Smog from different locations can be tasted and compared."
- Moist Sense by Lifepatch - "an installation that tries to present the health of plants from their supply of water"
- Camera Obscura et les artefacts de l'invisible by Vanessa Lorenzo - "By merging electronic media and citizen science, this research and interactive installation uses bio reporters as a tool to gain understanding of a microbe’s perception of the Anthropocene."
- Bio-Dis-Plays by Richard Lowen and collaborators from the 70s - "bio-electric sensing/transducing of the human body and other living systems, and art-science collaborations", and a 2011 interview by Data Garden, who also works with interspecies communication
- E. chromi by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & James King - a conceptual piece of using bacteria (synthetic biology) that are engineered so that for example, "indicate whether drinking water is safe by turning red if they sense a toxin".
Identifying living organisms in water
- Microscopy4Kids - Examining a pond ecosystem
- Pond Life Identification Kit
- Pond Water Critters that you can see with a microscope
- DIY turbidity meters by hackteria
- Turbidity 001 by Public Lab
- A more academic paper: Turbidimeter Design and Analysis: A Review on Optical Fiber Sensors for the Measurement of Water Turbidity Omar and Matjafri Sensors, 2009.
- article on Beer's Law
Rivers and Lakes
- Guardian article 2017.03.01 City of burning lakes: experts fear Bangalore will be uninhabitable by 2025