Sentient Architecture

Sentient Architecture — Sculptures that Listen and Talk

Camp Instructor(s): Andreas Bueckle and Katy Börner, CNS, SOIC, IUB and Robert Gorbet, University of Waterloo, Canada

Skill Level: Beginner - Advanced

Ratio Guarantee: 8 students per instructor, max 20 students per camp week.

Ages: 13 and up

Prerequisite: None

Software: TyQT, Teensyduino, and Arduino IDE

Time: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm

Location: Smith Research Center, Rm 120 see location.

Cost: $375

Course Description:

As the built environment becomes increasingly more complex and integrated with new technologies—including the emerging Internet of Things (IoT)—there is an urgent need to understand how embedded technologies affect the experience of individuals that inhabit these spaces.

In this camp, students will construct a “Dendrite” sculpture. Dendrite is a piece of living architecture that comprises one light sensor (the eye) and three lights and vibration motor together with hardware and software required to control the sensor and actuators.

What Students Take Home: Students take the sculpture they build and all code they implemented home.

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