NYC Beam Project 2020

BEACON


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People
Lewis H. Latimer
Shervone Neckles
Fellows

Fundamentals
Metalworking
Electronics
Moldmaking

Prototyping
Filament
Touch Sensor 
Proximity Sensor

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Latimer’s Patents

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Superhero Signal Projector 
GIF Pie
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BEACON






The New York City Beam Project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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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

TOUCH SENSOR





When we touch the sensor on the sculpture, the Filament inside will illuminate, but BEACON is different than a light switch. The light should fade in to full ON and, when the Touch is released, the light should fade out to fully OFF.

So really, we need to prototype the poetry of the light 'behaviors'. This test video is close to what we're looking for.






The Filament prototype shown here is controlled by a Touch Sensor routing through a simple Arduino circuit. Shown below are the 'behaviors' we're looking for. This is helpful to do before coding to identify what kinds of coding we'll need.




With this design, we have some electronics and programming problems to solve. During the Electronics Fundamental, we learned how to combine circuit components on a breadboard and connect and program Input and Output behaviors via the Arduino.



The Filament circuit borrows a lot of the same code from a Capacitive Touch Sensor example we learned during the Fundamentals training in Electronics.