Fade Away 1
Some people say that what you put on the internet never goes away. Perhaps it’s just a cautious way of thinking about what you upload, but in reality, things really do fade away. And if a particular datum isn’t ever completely eradicated in your lifetime, it gets diluted among the huge amount of data that get uploaded everyday.
It was on this theme that I created Fade Away 1 for my Introduction to Physical Computing final. It performs a twitter search for the term “fade away” and uses an ultra violet laser diode to write these tweets on a phosphorescent surface. Each character has been programmed into an Arduino, which controls the servo motors and the laser. The code is available here.
I appended a 1 to the name of this project because it’s very close to the idea of what I want to create, but it’s not quite there yet. Improvements I want to implement in the next iteration of Fade Away include:
- Reducing the keystone effect
- Smoothing out the motion of the laser
- Finding a way to make it work more quietly.
- Word wrapping and adjusting the kerning for fully justified text
The original inspiration for experimenting with phosphorescence came from The Space Beyond Me. I owe thanks to Ben Light and Tak Cheung who advised me on construction, Dustyn Roberts who advised me on mechanics, Karolina Ziulkoski who led me to a creative breakthrough, and Scott Fitzgerald for his feedback throughout the process.
Here I am explaining Fade Away: