Touchy Table 2.0

 

 

N.D., Malachi, Betty, Cheyanne

Name; Touchy Table 2.0

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Problem; Children over the age of 6 are using social media more than expected. They also struggle with their memory skills. Due to our observations, kids aren’t interacting with other because of the social media and electronic devices that they have in their reach.

Solution; So we’re trying to get children out of the house and off social media, and toughen them with their memory skills. We would also like children to learn in an exciting way. Touchy Table 2.0 is our project. We’ll try making our touchy table more of a challenge.

Technologies; Three technologies that my group will be using is Digital Fabrication for building the table and legs. Computer programming to help code the LED strips.

 

and the speaker. Last but not least we are using electronics. We will be using a lot of the materials for the touchy table at the electronics area. Especially with the soldering and wiring.

Audience; This project is for the kids within the ages 5+ , as long as they are responsible.

Materials; The materials we would use would be >1/4th Wood, 1/8th frosted acrylic, Arduino, RGB LED strips and 2 capacitive touch sensors.

Reference links;                -https://www.adafruite.com/product/1362 –https://www.adafruit.com/product/1138 -https://www.adafruit.com/product/1982 -https://create.arduino.cc/editor/stacyogie/8bfcb4b4-81f0-4d7b-9530-a1d178cdb0df/preview -https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-mpr121-12-key-capacitive-touch-sensor-breakout-tutorial/wiring

 

Concept& Design;

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Pros & cons; It’s a 2.0 so we are going to make this model better than the original. Although it’s already been invented we are hand making this model. This is for memory and learning purposes and it’s also a fun way to learn how to memorize math. The programing isn’t going to be a walk in the park but I’m sure we’ll get the hang of it.

 

Day one (July/11th/2017):

Our goal for today is to start brainstorming and upload/work on our wikipage. We will also continue our research or touch tables.

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Day two (July/12/2017):

Our goal for today was to complete our proof of concept prototype that we would present to the judging panelist. After receiving their input we then discussed ways that we can better our project.

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Day three (July/13th/2017)

We updated our wikipage and started on our materials list. We researched the different types of touch sensors and screens we could use for the touch table. As we were searching the web we’ve come across the different types of links that can help our projects succeed listed in the reference links above.

Day four (July/17th/2017)

Today we edited out wikipage and switched our materials list. We continued researching designs we can fabricate. N.D. taught us (Malachi and Cheyanne) how to raster and etch using CAM. We wanted to get a good grasp at FabLab and choosing designs we would like to make for the touchy table stands. Here are some pictures below of the design we fabricated. We stayed after to work on making the design for the project and work some on the coding.

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5:00 pm;

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 These 2 images shows the new and improved Prototype of the touchy table 2.0. This prototype will be kept for you guys to see. We will be adding RGB LEDs and white acrylic to test it.

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 This is our last prototype draft. We completed the whole beginning portion of our touchy table concept. We understand a lot more than we did when we first thought of the idea. Our goal for today has been reached and extended. We have learned new codes and discovered more websites to use that helped us experiment with our prototypes. This is our first draft with the touchy table.

Day five (July/18th/2017)

Today we plan to work on practicing a bit more with the LED lights. Later on, we plan on doing some research on the capacitive touch sensor that we will be adding in and experimenting with it. We then had to trouble shoot because we couldn’t figure out why the board was nonresponsive. It wasn’t working because the computer didn’t have the files downloaded into the library and we’re using the computers in the FabLab. Computer 5 was able to detect there was a USB port. But it wasn’t sending it any commands. We fixed the problem and began testing the lights once more. Tomorrow we plan on using the research we found on the capacitive touch sensor and adding it to our rough draft of our Touchy table.

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Day six (July/19th/2017)

Our goal for today is we’ll try adding the capacitive touch sensor to the prototype. Of course, we’ll be doing a lot more research, looking at designed stands that we can use for the Touchy table. N.D. and Cheyanne are soldering wire and a resister onto the copper tape that we’ll be testing using to touch with the sensor. The picture below shows the copper tape we soldered.

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Meanwhile, Malachi is working on the “Project Progress Worksheet” before lunch time. Then we presented our worksheet and got feed back by the entire learn 2 teach the program.

Day seven (July/20th/2017)

Today we plan on finishing up the wiring on the Arduino for the capacitive touch sensor. While I (N.D.) update and edit the wiki page, Cheyanne and Malachi will be working on the computer programming. Stacy our college mentor helped and sent us many links as to how we could wire the capacitive touch and red board. This is a picture of how she wired it, and now we have to try it on our own.Our goal for today is trying to get the capacitive touch to actually work with our prototype and then work on the coding.

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Later on, we are going to continue to work on coding for the capacitive touch sensor to see what we missed also what needs to be finished. After we work on the coding we are going to work on the designs for the table. We eventually finished the coding and wiring for the capacitive touch.

 

Day eight (July/24th/2017)

Today our goal is to work more with the capacitive touch adding more and more sensors. We are putting it together and taking it apart so that we can memorize (ayee trying to memorize it like our memory game) how it’s supposed to be put together. We are also still researching exquisite table wood designs that would be eye catching for our audience. We will also be doing research on how we can add the capacitive to the screen and make the lights react. I (ND) recorded a video of Malachi touching the capacitive touch sensor and showing how it works and uploaded it below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an image of Cheyanne practicing wiring the bread board so that when you touch the copper tiles it responds. We are testing and practicing wiring it so we can get at least an idea of how we are going to have to wire it so that the capacitive touch is successfully responsive.

Day nine (July/25th/17)

Today we will be experimenting with the capacitive touch sensor and the LED strips. 

Day ten (July/26th/2017)

Today we plan on using something new. We will be trying to use conductive thread. We should be able to use the conductive thread through the frosted acrylic and code the LED lights to light up when it signals a touch. As of right now, ND is fabricating another designed prototype for the legs using under the sea sculptures. Cheyanne and Malachi are working to turn on the LED strips through the acrylic and Betty is soldering the lights since sadly they broke off.

 

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Now Stacy is here at SETC helping us code the capacitive touch and LEDs making them collaborate. We are going to make another prototype, this prototype is going to be used with the capacitive touch and LEDs. We are practicing more on the coding with the capacitive touch and LEDs. 

 Day 11th (August/2nd/2017)

Today ND and I (Cheyanne) are going to be working on the final designs for the table. We are going to have under the sea themed table legs. We will look for certain sea creatures and then use it for the final design. But first we are going to do little prototype to see if we like the theme we are going with and using.

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Day 12th (August/8th/2017) 

Recently we have been out teaching so we haven’t really had all the time in the world to actually work on the project and to update our wiki. Today we have officially chosen all four designs for the legs of the table. Tomorrow or Thursday me (N.D.) and the rest of the group will laser cut the legs and finish coding the touch sensors. Ming suggested that we use copper tape/paper to use on the top of the touchy table so it can be easier to code and touch.

Day 13th (August/10th/2017)

Today we are going to be working on the final design for the table, how we actually want it to look. Also how the circuit is going to be.

Day 14th (August/14th/2017)

Today we are building the table and top portion since my group is in the house. Betty is messing with the box pieces trying to put it together so we can make them bigger. N D, Cheyanne, & Malachi are finishing up some of the wiring so that we can code the lights together. 

Day 15th (August/15th/2017)

Today we are working on the top of the table. We are going to be etching or rastering the top of the table. N.D. is going to be making a type of prototype to see if we should raster or etch it. After we get the top part of the table done we are going to start working on the legs. We will etch the design of the legs and paint them.

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Day 16 (August/16th/2017)

Today N.D. and Stacy stayed at SETC until 8:15 pm in order to finish building the top portion of the table using card board & Stacy finished up the code for the capacitive touch sensor. Then we added mesh screen to the table for the conductivity. After that we also added two alligator clips to it to test it and it worked!

 

Day  17  ( August/17th/2017 )

Today Stacy built the actual table top, using 1/8th wood and ND cut out the acrylic and a table leg for the table. Tomorrow ND, Cheyanne, Malachi will be painting  the legs for the table. ND will be re building the table in case something happens to our original model. We want a back up. Today , our goal is to finish our project and stay at SETC as long as possible to complete A functioning table. Here are pictures of what we’ve gotten done so far.
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 Day 18th (August/22nd/2017)

Making the technology we learned how to code and work together more and communicate. We also learned how to be more patient with each other and not to get mad with each other, to listen to everyones ideas. Our favorite “lit” moment is Friday night when the project actually worked. The challenges we went through was coding the lights to the capacitive touch and all the wiring, but we kept trying in the ending we got it to work.