The Noisy Past

The past was a very noisy time in terms of technology, think about the sound of a rotary phone dial pad or the tuning of a radio or even the sound of a typewriter. The accentuated sounds were not just confined to technology, the machinery had its own sounds too – like the sound of…

Introduction to Soundwalk

Nick Jaworski is a high school music teacher and he believes that composing a soundwalk is an interesting way to experience music the environment presents us. He refers to a set of notes written by himself with the basic information and the inspirations related to sound walks. I could access it online and was extremely helpful in…

A soundwalk in Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park is visually extremely attractive. It is a post-card park which captures the eye immediately. Hildegard Westerkamp composed a sound walk in this park to urge the ‘walkers’ to listen to the soundtrack of the park and explore how much it harmonises with ones visual impression. Hildegarde’s sound compositions focus on some interesting…

Soundwalk

Soundwalking is an interesting and a fairly new concept for me. In order to understand this in depth my first step is to understand the basic meaning and purpose of soundwalk. Soundwalking is a practice that was devised by R. Murray Schafer, when he established the World Soundscape Project at Simon Fraser University during the…

Compiling Code

Following is the final code that is a compilation of the functions of the alarm, hover, MP3 Sound trigger  and the LED strips. (Although we are still working on minor changes in perfecting it): #include <Time.h> #include <TimeAlarms.h> #include <LiquidCrystal.h> #include <Wire.h> #include <Hover.h> #include “FastLED.h” #include <MP3Trigger.h> MP3Trigger trigger; #define NUM_LEDS 20 #define DATA_PIN…

Clock Tweets

Public shaming is an important aspect to the concept of the alarm clock. It is the incentive that pushes the snoozer to get out of bed in order to avoid the shaming. We made a twitter account for the clock, where it would tweet about the snoozers       Following are the Tweets I…

Laser +Constructing the Clock

Post Paper prototype and cardboard prototype it is time to laser cut the box and fix it up. For the next step I put together an illustrator file with the dimensions of the box A few images during the laser cut and after We realised that a smaller box with bigger notches would look better and…

Gestures with Hover

The hover is probably the most exciting thing to work with in the project! We ordered the hover  online from hoverlabs and couldn’t wait for it to reach us. The hover detects multiple gestures such as swipes and circular motion. It can also pinpoint your hand position in 3D space. The setting up of the hover…

Cardboard prototype of the clock

A cardboard prototype of the alarm clock to help visualise how the form and the proportions of the components on the clock would look like. As also, to know if it would be able to accommodate all the components inside the clock. The following image is the side view with the space for concentric circles for…

Paper Prototyping

Paper prototyping in order to prepare the files for laser cutting. This helped in visualising the size of the box and how best would it be accommodating of the electrical components inside it as also be aesthetically pleasing. Final Measurements

Familiarising with the Trigger

For the emotional clock to speak with the snoozer, we need to use the MP3 trigger. The MP3 trigger is fairly easy to set up and get started with It contains an SD card slot on which I recorded the sounds/voices that the alarm clock would speak with the snoozer. I installed a basic library for the…