Project: Social Things

Exhibition in Ars Electronica 2017

It was such a excited moment when you realised that the Ars Electronica trip to is about to happen. Me and others classmates have been waiting for this trip for almost a year. My Dumpster Dr project from Social Things unit is the chosen project to exhibit at the festival. The project is about the tool that aim to help ‘freegans’ people who hate food wasted and go for dumpster dive to find free eatable food inside the dumpster( link to project ). The restriction of making this exhibition is to make sure the everything is fit in the suitcase… More

Final crit feed back

Today for the final crit, we had Rania and Ricci from IBM along with our tutor Nicolas and our Technician Gareth to help give us feedback on our social things projects. Nicolas – suggest me to think about the simple message for simple user to read as an idea of human readable and their level of experience. As the prototype is seem a bit in the stage of analyse he also point out that if I can make a simple visual sign such as Red Yellow and Green to illustrate if the bin is good normal or bad to go and… More

Dumpster inspector prototype!

This is the outcome of the 3D printed for my final prototype. As I was thinking about how to camouflage this tool inside the bin. Black is my first choice as many dumpsters have black lid and the material is plastic. Together with the sensors I have got the final look of the tool for me look like a retro style.  … More

Visualising Data

Visualising data received from the sensors is the main idea of this project. As I wanted to provided the information of how good the foods inside the dumpster are and the much possibility of food to be found inside it. I started with my own expertise in graphic design, creating graphics that I will use for the website which allow all my tribe to access and read the information. I decided to use a very simple graphic and draft it first in Adobe Illustration which I aim to export those graphic as a main picture and create effects together with… More

Thing’s structure!

Thinking of the camouflage concept as this tool has to be attached inside the dumpster. The main concern for me s to make this things as small as possible. Material is also brought up at this point which I don’t want this tool to have different material from the real dumpster. Fortunately, the 3d print machine is the perfect tool to build my aimed box. I struggle a little bit at first as I barely use the 3d model program, however, the online app ‘Tinkercad’ is the a very helpful and easy app that I can learn from… More

Operation duration?

One of the main concern I have found is that if I have to attach this tool inside the bin outside  they need the practical battery to operate by itself. The first try is the 9v battery which I order online from Amazon. The reason why I pick this battery in the first place is because it small and suit for the voltage I need to run my Arduino and three sensors attached to it. As a result I have mentioned in the previous post is that the tool can be able to run only for 3o minutes which I also try… More

Prototype III

After I make my progress on using 3 different sensors to detect and read value, I’m moving a little bit on the visual part. While I’m using datalog to store data into SD card I create rough design for my application on phone. The way the service work is the one that show the information inside the selected dumpster and the part that user can add new dumpster where they want the tool to be attached. In this case, I used Proto.io to create layout.   Back to the part where I’m trying on my new 9v battery… More

Prototype II

After combine all 3 sensors and make them work to read the environment around them. Next step is to try to find the accurate stat and visualise data from the sensor. Another stage that need to be explore is about finding the device so this tool can operate by itself while it attaching in the bin. The suggestion from our tutor is to look at the technology using 3G that allow you to put the simcard to make it online. Here is the prediction graph indicate what would happen in the dumpster.    … More

Preparing for second prototype!

This is the sketch of the second prototype in 3 different ideas Tasting 3 different sensors. Distance to detect amount of waste inside dumpster ( how full it is) Humidity and Temperature ( to predict type of food ) Natural gas , Methane gas detection ( to predict type of food and it freshness )… More

Hello I’m here

Beacon : A beacon is an intentionally conspicuous device designed to attract attention to a specific location. I will use beacon to get the attention from all freegan network. My aim is to develop the beacon system inside the dumpster including food detection and amount of waste inside it and transfer this information to get attention from Freegan network. My first prototype experiment on the value of the sensor that will detect the eatable waste inside the bin. The project that I have been looking at is call ‘Foodsniffer’ a start up product that you can use to detect if the food… More