NYC Beam Project 2020

BEACON


Updates

People
Lewis H. Latimer
Shervone Neckles
Fellows

Fundamentals
Metalworking
Electronics
Moldmaking

Prototyping
Filament
Touch Sensor 
Proximity Sensor

Plans
Technical Drawings
Latimer’s Patents

Activities

Superhero Signal Projector 
GIF Pie
Artworks
Robots


BEACON






The New York City Beam Project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
To find out more about how National Endowment for the Artsgrants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Generous support provided by Con Edison
Mark


PROXIMITY SENSOR




A Proximity Sensor allows the sculpture to sense when someone gets close, and then illuminate.  
The behaviors for this sensor are slightly different than the Touch Sensor.

When we get close to the Proximity sensor on the sculpture, the Filament inside will illuminate. The light will fade in to full ON and, when the person walks away from BEACON, the light will fade out to fully OFF.  This test video is an example of what we're looking for.






The Proximity Sensor ‘sees’ with ultrasonic vibration.  What look like eyeballs are actually two transducers;  one sends out a high-pitched sound which bounces off of objects, the other senses the high-pitch sound that has bounced back.  The programming for using this sensor is unique, in that you need to calculate the ‘distance’ from the amount of time that a sound can travel through relatively humid air!

Here are the components of the circuit: