Saturday, August 30, 2008

project 2 - progress

testing out the code with LEDs

the code


code for LEDon



video

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

project 2 - the installation

The setting of my installation will be from the front of the first level's elevator to the stairway.

An infra red sensor is used to detect movement when one walk towards the elevator. When movement is being detected, it will send a signal to the arduino microcontrollor and there'll be sound and lights flashing down at the stairway to attract the person's attention. The idea of this project plays on human instinct of curiosity. When lights begin to flash and sound begins to play, out of curiosity, one might walk over to the stairway to check out what's on. Once they arrive at the stairway, they might just walk up to the above levels without walking back out to wait for the elevator.

Monday, August 25, 2008

project 2 - concept

I notice that in our design school, there's a difference in term or the usage of stairs and elevator between the two design block ( Vivian St's building and WIG building ). People would normally walk up the stairs to the above levels in Vivian St's block, whereas in WIG block elevator is always being used. One of the main reason for this happening is because of the different placement of the stairs and lift between the two building. In the Vivian St's building, the stairs big and wide, and is being placed in a spot that is very eye catching, which in many cases it is the very first thing people sees when they entered the building. Whereby the elevator is being placed aside, not having much of an attention. Whereas in WIG building, the design/placement is completely opposite. The elevator becomes the main focus when people want to travel up to the above level, and the stairs are being located aside, and the stairway is always shut by a door.

As such, I see that the first thing the people sees or come across very likely will be the one they'll use.

The theme for this project is "sustainability". Elevator takes up a huge amount of electricity usage, therefore in order to cut down the electricity output by the elevator, my installation will set up to persude people to use the stairs in WIG building.