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Sensor Technology Tasks

Make your own sensor

Task 8 Triggering and modulating events Set: w5i Due: Monday 19th December 2016 Weighting: assessable (10%) Courses: stech
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Task Summary All sTech tasks

Make your own sensor

Flex sensor


Graphite resistor


Pressure sensor

Tilt switch

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  • Consider the above range of DIY sensors. Explore the internet, for example sites such as Instructibles or Make for other simple examples. Conclude by choosing at least one DIY sensor to make.
  • Make the sensor and test it for responsiveness. Do some experiments to discover whether there are any ways of improving the sensor.
  • Come up with a creative scenario in which to use the sensor.
  • Implement and document your experiment(s).

  • Clearly, I don't want you to submit your Arduinos. That means you need to submit some documentary evidence that you've completed your task. The most obvious way to do this is to submit some sort of video of your task working, as well as of the code running. If you can't do this, take photos.

  • Media files
    You must submit media files, such as video, audio or image files, but please ensure that video files are compressed to a reasonable degree. You should never submit dv files, but compress these to mp4. You should submit no file that is greater in size than 25MB/minute.

  • Added value
    By completing the details of the task you will achieve at least a pass mark. By imaginatively and creatively considering how you might implement the task originally you can add value to your submission, and this added value may increase your mark significantly. Even when making videos of short demonstration tasks try to consider musical and performance criteria.

  • Bearing this in mind, try to adapt and make more interesting your files. Simply repeating what we've already done will get minimal marks. So try each patch out in various ways. Even if it's just a blinking LED, try using patterns of colours and/or timings.

  • Compress (zip) your patches, demos, etc. into one file called your_student_number_"myo" (e.g. 0504335_myo.zip), include a readme with your name and student number and, if necessary, how to use or just open the patch.

  • Submit a copy of the files to the i-Centre on Monday 19th December 2016