The LAWRIE LIGHT

Inspired by 5 year old friend Lawrie, in the wild mountains of Central Portugal, WILLPOWER created a motion reactive light.
The lights turn on when placing hand in front of the sensor.
Different colors are triggered based on the distance.
The Lawrie Light is mobile.
It can be carried around, placed in different locations, hung, used as a flash light, for camping, partying, setting the vibe…

In creation with Lawrie (above)

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Light Face

MADE IN BERLIN, GERMANY

BY WILLPOWER

I created the mask and used led animations by Scott Marley’s open source project on Github.

My goal is to develop my own animations.

Check out the process below

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Yo ! View LIGHT FACE as a finished project HERE 👈

Buy One HERE 👈

 


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Sensors to make music

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Testing different ways of triggering sounds for Body Instrument which will embed the circuit in fabric as a Smart Suit:

  1. Copper Button
  2. Capacitive Touch
  3. Bend
  4. Gyro / Acceleration

Microcontroller: Teensy 3.2

Coding in Arduino

Music Software: Ableton Live

 

The videos below show various tests of a motion sensor, bend and touch sensors.


The images below show the electronics that will be embedded in the body suit’s right hand Smart Glove, able to play sounds while controlling lights and/or visual art in real-time by moving the hand, bending fingers and touching, all visualized with addressable LEDs.


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Light Arms

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Light Arms activated. I push a ‘soft button’ to change the colors and trigger animations of the addressable LED, whose light is contained and traveling through a 2mm fiber optic cable…

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Video above > A few weeks ago I wore and introduced my ‘Arm Lights’ while making live beats at Elektro Open Stage in Berlin.


eTextile Multi-Touchpad Playing Synth

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The intention behind the research and development of a multi-touchpad is to see if it is a good sensor to integrate with a Body Suit.

I was able to generate sounds by touching / tapping / pressing each one of the touchpads.

View images below to see how the Paper Touchpad was made.

Tools: Arduino & openFrameworks

Challenge: Drum sounds created noise whereas the synth wav worked beautifully.

Fixed ! with an ‘if’ statement in openFrameworks, saying that ‘if the value is smaller then the current threshold && bigger then the previous && the current file is loaded, do not play !

I learned how to make this multi-touch sensor from attending workshop by  KOBAKANT and vvvv.


The images below show how the etextile piece was made.


The images below show how the paper & copper prototype was made.


The images below show the workshop by KOBAKANT & VVVV.


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Apples MIDI Instrument

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I’m playing sounds by touching apples. My first MIDI instrument thanks to my friend Khan who sent me this tutorial > http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2017/05/teensy-36-basics-touchread.html

I’m learning how to use MIDI with a Teensy microcontroller and Arduino to make a digital instrument.


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Voltage Divider - Bend Sensor controls LEDs

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The player above has 2 videos:

They show the tests of the bend sensor affecting the red led.

The first video uses a Flora board by adafruit.

In the second one, I am testing the ATtiny85 which ended up being the chosen microcontroller.


The sketchbook notes shows how the Voltage Divider works.

It ables me to turn the ohm changes from the sensor into voltage for analog reading by the microcontroller.


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eTextile Bend Sensor

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The process of making an eTextile Bend Sensor.

Conductive thread and fabric are used to capture the change in ohms from the bending.

Learned from KOBAKANT


ATtiny85 to light LEDs

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ATtiny AVR programmer by Sparkfun / ATtiny85 lighting up 2 LEDs from 2 different pins for the lulu as part of the KOBA Wicked Winterschool.


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WILLPOWER Theremin

I performed using my Audiovisual Instrument the ‘Willpower Theremin’ at Spektrum Berlin as a part of MOVLAB #28


I then invited the public @ Spektrum Berlin to play with the Willpower Theremin 🖐🏻🖐🏿

It was joyful to see the people having fun with it ! 🤟🏾🔊


The original Theremin is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact. It was invented by Léon Theremin of Russia who patented it in 1928. I created my version by adding a visual component amongst other differences… I coded the Sound and Visuals in openFrameworks, an open-source C++ framework… used 2 infrared sensors via Arduino to capture the distance of my hands in mid air to control amplitude and frequency of the Oscillator (Sound) while mapping them to a x/y axis for the visuals to be animated symbiotically with the audio, via hands in motion ✋😸🤚. The purpose is to create Music + Graphics with the natural movements of the human body.” ☺️🎼🎨🔊👩🏽‍🎤🖤

If you like what I am developing and would like to Support the Research & Development Division of WILLPOWER STUDIOS, you can become a patron here: patreon.com/WillpowerStudios


The Hardware is still in prototype mode here in the image below.

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The Willpower Theremin V1 🔊
Finally got a first version of the theremin going 🙌🏿 Using an ultrasound ( sound frequency)and infrared ( sound amplitude )sensors to detect distance, allowing me to move freely in space to produce sounds.
The bass is crazy with a low frequency of 20hz but cannot be heard through the 💻
Coded the Software in oF, using Arduino Micro as a microcontroller
This is fun 🤸🏿‍♂️


The very first one. Using an ultrasound sensor to trigger sounds based on linear hand movements.


Next steps:

  • Introduce other musical sounds
  • develop 3D visuals
  • ways to change sounds
  • study ways other apps make music
  • apply similar changes to visuals