This is the latest iteration of the LightBook, made as a present for a friend.
Moving of the book controls the tiny lights on the front cover. When the book is picked up, the blue lights on the cover fade up to full. When the book lies flat, the lights turn out.
For the past couple of days, I’ve been in the city of Amsterdam, for the GOTO Amsterdam Conference, at the beautiful Beurs van Berlage building.
In March, I’ll be on speaking in the True Mobile & Beyond track at QCon London 2014. It’s an exciting opportunity to take part, and I’m hugely looking forward to hearing and learning from the other speakers on the track: Halle Winkler; Mo Ramezanpoor; Jaimee Newberry; and Hannah Dee.
I’ve had a couple more talks / demos confirmed this year for the gesture-responsive book. I’ll be at iOSDevUK 3 in Aberystwyth, Wales in September, presenting the project with Mo Ramezanpoor. Mo will be talking in more detail about his work on the project to interpret 3D gesture data.
Then in November, I’ll be talking about combining Arduino and books at the Handheld Mini / Port80 event in Cardiff on the 27th. Tickets for this event are free.
Do come and say hi if you’re attending either event.
One weekend in the middle of February, we ran a hack session to make a first useable prototype of our book for the Library of Lost Books – a talking, gesture-responsive book.
Our aim was to put together the elements we’ve each been working on: story and audio; Lilypad Arduino; gesture detection; getting iPhone and Arduino talking to each other to share data – and to combine them in a physical book.
I’ve asked fellow PleaseReadMe collaborators Dave Addey and Mo Ramezanpoor to talk about and share what they learn in the process of making a talking, gesture-responsive book.
In this first post, Dave explains how to get an iPhone connected to LilyPad Arduino over a wireless connection.
A tiny hack against the dark, using Lilypad Arduino.
When the light level falls and it starts to get dark, an LED switches on, and the buzzer plays a short tune to ward away the darkness.
This modified buzzer plays a few bars of Do Re Mi. After all, if Julie Andrews can’t chase away the darkness, who can?
This is an early prototype of the project I’m making for The Library of Lost Books: a book that tells a story by responding to gestures and movement when taken off a bookshelf.
Sometimes things aren’t lost, just misplaced.
Last month, I wrote about how my book for the Library of Lost books project – a 1933 copy of The Picturegoer’s Who’s Who and Encyclopaedia – had been posted out but had never turned up.
This is an early test of part of a project I’m working on for the Library of Lost Books, called PleaseReadMe.
This part of the project demonstrates collecting sensor data from an Arduino, passing it to an iPhone, and using an iPhone app to read and respond to that data.