Project: Phidgets

What are Phidgets?
Phidgets are a set of “plug and play” building blocks for low cost USB sensing and control from your PC. Applications can be developed quickly by programmers using their favorite language: C/C++, C#, Cocoa, Delphi, Flash AS3, Flex AS3, Java, among others… (Source:

Project Requirements:
Create an interactive installation using a phidget and pictorial instructions. Passersby in the street should be able to understand what to do and interact with the installation.

Phidget: Light sensor

What we did:
Inspired by Oli Chang’s “Techno Chicken,” we created our own sound mixer with farm animal sounds. We fashioned a cardboard box in the shape of a chicken. Inside the box, a flashlight projected light onto the phidget’s sensor which triggered a techno music base. Three separate sliders attached to different colored papers acted as filters that altered the amount of light measured by the sensor. A different animal sound – a sheep, horse or cow – sounded depending on the amount of light registered by the sensor. Users could create their own barnyard boogie!

What we learned:

  • What phidgets are and how they can work
  • The importance of designing clear, simple instructions
  • The importance of knowing your audience and how to attract their attention in a target setting
  • Techno Chicken enjoys international fame!

Video: See our “ElectroPollo” in action!


Project: Create a multimedia game

Project Requirements: Contact a local organization and create a multimedia game for their use. Test and implement. Create a promotional video and website.

Third Party Organization: Washitsu Japanese Language School in Barcelona, Spain.

Multimedia Product: A fun, interactive game using a sumo wrestling theme to learn the Japanese alphabet (kanjis) and improve vocabulary. The game is titled “¡Aprende japonés…sin estrés!” (Learn Japanese, Don’t Stress!)

Multimedia Project Website

Website (in Spanish):


Project: Make a music video

Project Requirements: Create a music video and incorporate some special effects

Chosen song: “No más myolastan” by La Casa Azul


  • Create a script
  • Determine shots, angles, lighting and timings for each scene
  • Source the necessary props, wardrobe and actors
  • Use a professional camera and tripod for shooting
  • Use software to edit and produce the video

I didn’t expect to play the lead role while working on this project, but it was a lot of fun! Here’s the final product, enjoy!