Modifying Treasure Island

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.

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A cricket’s chirp and the human kiss

“There are almost a million feet of sound effects film in the sound library of the First National studios. This library covers a multitude of sins– as well as joys, sorrows and train effects…

“But in the library there is not one record of the human kiss.”

– A Library of Sound Effects, The Picturegoer’s Who’s Who and Encyclopaedia of The Screen To-Day, 1933.

LightBook: a movement-sensing book

This project is to create a bedside light that can switched on or off by moving a book. It uses an accelerometer sewn into the book to measure the book’s movement.

When the book lies flat, the LED lights are off. When the book is tipped up above a 20 degree angle in any direction, the lights fade up to full. To keep the lights on, stand the book upright, or prop up on an angle. To turn the lights off, lie the book flat.

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