When I got in, I was surprised to find a lot of different materials that were at our disposal. A few floor mats, tin foil, black poster board and some bed foam were the materials that were going to use to make up the artificial button.
The instructor, Professor Jeremy Speed Schwartz, gave us an understanding of what we needed to do in terms of making the button. It was basically the same idea as making a homemade light bulb that had a switch with a battery source that was connected to the switch. He explained what each piece was supposed to do in terms of functionality, The floor mats as the switch, the black poster board for the base, two pieces of tin foil that were on one side of the floor mat and the base that were going to be used as the power source connector, then the bed foam as the separator for both the tin foil so that they aren’t constantly touching to have a continuous energy source we wanted to control it so that when it was pressed they would connect to start the point of interaction.
Throughout the process, Professor Schwartz took our finished button and connected it to a pre-made Arduino board to test our button. After it was successful, the instructor explained how the button function showed on the Arduino with a light that turned on to show the function was interacting.
This workshop was exciting and very engaging to a point where we learned the exterior of making an interactive home made output and how it can work once everything is set up. I am thinking of incorporating this workshop into a project that I’m currently working on in another class.