February 19, 2015

Experimenting with Arduino to control interactive sculptures

One of the original goals of the Arduino project all those years ago was to make it easy to use for artists and creatives, and of course this goal has been exceed many times over. An example of an Arduino and art has been documented by Anaisa Franco who uses the platform in the heart of her latest creation - "Interactive sculpture - Externalising Data".

The sculpture detects the presence of people around it using an ultrasonic sensor, and once detected music is played and various effects generated with LED strip lighting. Although the electronics may be simple to some of us, this project shows can anyone can create their own interactive projects without much work at all, for example:

For more details about the sculpture, visit Anaisa's project page.  And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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