Instructor: Andy Sigler
Class Time: Thursday nights, 6:30-9pm
Office Hours: make an appointment
ITP is pass/fail, but you do still get graded. To pass, students must document and show work and progress through out the semester, and cannot miss more than 2 classes without prior notice.
Hardware is not hard, and rapidly prototyping circuit boards is easier than ever with new tools at ITP. This class is about artists and designers taking control of their hardware, and exploring the potential of embedding their projects into the world around them.
This is a 14-week course, with no class on November 26th during Thanksgiving vacation. There will be three projects made in this course, tentatively due weeks 5, 9, and 14. However, this is a new course, so the schedule might change to best fit the students' schedules.
This is a production class, and the entire course will be centered around the concept of learning by doing. The first half of the semester will be dedicated to learning new processes and tools for making PCBs on the floor, and embracing all of our inevitable mistakes. The second half of the semester will focus more on individual projects, how to structure their design and development, and refining what we've learned so far.
Breadboard an interaction using an ATtiny85, batteries, and whatever else you want. Keep everything contained to the breadboard (no laptops), and have fun with it. Post a video of it working to your blog.
Turn your previous breadboard project (or something new) into an Eagle schematic.
Design a board layout in Eagle using your schematic from last week.
Mill and assemble you're first PCB using the OtherMill and through-hole parts. Make two copies for when you mess up, and hold on to your broken boards.
Research open-source breakout boards, and get your hands on some. Explore the interactions that are possible with your hardware.
Buy a tupperware container for etching next class. It must be plastic, and it must be able to fit a copper plate (about 7 inch. width, 5 inch length, any no more than 2 inch. tall).
Get a prototype working. Next week we will be working in class on your midterms, so be prepared with whatever prototyping tools you need.
Order the parts needed for your Midterm if you haven't already. Work on your board designs, and refine your interaction/software.
Finish the midterm, document, and be prepared to present to the class next week.
Research for your final, and get writing software as soon as possible.
Narrow down the hardware for you final, and work with ready-made boards to refine the interaction.
Prepare a 3 minute presentation on one idea for your final. Include sketches and pictures to show the intended interaction, enclosure, and electrical components involved.
Source your parts, and design your boards. Over break, try to make at least one prototype PCB to spot any mistakes you've missed.
Finish the final.