Touchy Table

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Project Description: The Touchy Table is based on kids being bored, having nothing to do during summer, during after school programs, while they’re in the hospital, or maybe community centers.

Project Problem Solved: We are going to build a table called the Touchy Table which allows people of all ages to play games such as Touchy Touchy which is based off of piano tiles, so instead of playing it on your phone or a tablet you can play it on a table and also compete with others.

Project Technologies Utilized: 

  • Digital Fabrication/FabLab- to build the table
  • Physical Programming- Arduino
  • Computer Programming/Coding- to program the lights

Project Budget:

TBA

5 Keywords to Google about your project:

  1. Laser Cut Tables
  2. Frosted Acrylic
  3. Individual LED’s
  4. Lily Pad Arduinos
  5. Light Up Tiles

Materials/Parts we need:

  • Wood
  • Acrylic
  • LED’s
  • Lily Pad Arduino
  • Paint
  • Tiles
  • Speakers
  • Capacities Touch

Idea Link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Touch-LED-Table-Retrogaming-and-Ambiant-Light/

Where the group will get the materials: 

TBA

What is the actual total cost of the materials/parts (Include taxes and shipping if necessary)?

$90.00

How does the real total and the budget match up/How close is the real cost to the budget?

TBA

How does the real total cost of the budget match up/ how close is the real cost to the budget?

TBA

How will the materials/ parts come together to make the project happen? 

TBA

Explain why each material/part is necessary/what each part does : The materials will be the LED, Acrylic tiles, and arduino and using the arduino every time you touch the tiles

Wednesday July 13, 2016

Today we created two prototype planners. It told us how our model will look from the front and side, and what would be included on/in the table. It also shows us the multiples of games that will be played on it as well. Then we began to use the SparkFun RedBroad and the bread board to code the lights on how they’ll work. We then experimented how the LED’s will blink at random colors and at random times, to simulate on how the process will be on the actual table. In the future we plan to make the tile frame for the table.

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Monday July 18, 2016

Since our project involves touching a semi-transparent tile when a light is shown through it, we had to find a way to make sure the underlying circuitry was not visible through the tile. Solving this problem has proven to be quite difficult! We found projects where graphite from pencils was used to make a homemade capacitive sensor. From this, we were able to simulate our tile’s circuitry using the homemade sensor and a piece of acrylic:

Inspiration: http://www.instructables.com/id/Turn-a-pencil-drawing-into-a-capacitive-sensor-for/

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Today we made the legs for our table. We didn’t want to do just a simple design however, so we used an online pattern maker to design patterns for our laser cut table legs. Take a look:

 

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Tuesday July 26, 2016

Today, we started experimenting with press fit frame designs for the top of the table. Initially, our table will be a small, 3 x 3 grid. Once we’ve worked out all of the wiring, we will continue on towards making a bigger table.

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August 3,2016

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Today we’ve created the frame for the table. We’ve used wood for the length and width, screen/mesh so the alligator clips can connect to it enabling the capacitive touch w/ the frosted acrylic.

Pictures are below:

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We’ve then coded the RGB (Red,Green,Blue) Neopixels to randomly show different colors that vary through 0-225. We are going to use two neopixels per tiles.

 

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