The culmination of my studies at UW Madison was my senior honors thesis. For this project, I designed and built what I called a wearable lighting contoller. This device was made using a Lilypad Arduino, a three axis accelerometer, and an XBee radio. The components were attached to a glove and connected together using conductive thread. I designed the project this way in order to be able to integrate it into costumes. Using a program called Max, I was able to take the data from the accelerometer and change it into Open Sound Controll messages. I was then able to use those messages to controll an ETC Ion.
After building the controller, I worked with Jenny Lamb and her stage movement class along with her stage movement class to devise a movement based performance featuring my wearable controller. APOTHEOSIS: THE RISE was the result. Below are some highlights of our performance.
The class that got me interested in building electronics was a class I took on show control and networking. The final project for this course was to use a show control protocol and demonstrate its use. For this project I took the ETC Labs' LightHack kit and modified it to use a Wii Nunchuck to controll moving head fixtures instead of the encoders that came in the kit. I designed this project to be a tool to help with programming moving head fixtures, and it has proven useful multiple times.
The first project for my show control and networking class was to find a way to take a physical action and make it trigger a cue. The goal was to create a system where a cue could be synced up with an action onstage more exactly than could be done by a stagemanager calling cues. My solution to this project was to take apart a keyboard and attach wires to the contacts for the spacebar. By connecting these two wires together, I was able to trigger a cue in QLab or EOS.