Interactive Cubes Workshop
Tuesday between 6 and 8pm:
Software/Hardware Hacking at Noisebridge, where we dig deep into the Sifteo cubes http://sifteo.com
...if you feel courageous, it might lead to a hackathon with Sifteo prizes soon.
!!! WARNING !!! See details at the end of the page.
Sifteo cubes are the best hackable platform, here is a summary of what they have:
- an accelerometer
- a touch screen (128x128)
- 4 proximity sensors (to recognize other cubes touching their 4 sides)
They are wirelessly connected to a base with:
- an STM32 (cortex M3)
- a mono speaker
- a usb connection to log anything to a computer
The base can communicate with up to 12 cubes (maybe 24 if you ask nicely).
It can be programmed with a simple C++ SDK (a bit like arduino but much more powerful).
Examples of a few projects that could be done:
- magic light juggle: acceleration change the color/brightness and the cubes disappear in the air
- siftephone in: listen to a smartphone vibrations with Sifteo's accelerometer
- siftephone out: talk to a smartphone using sound with audio system such as chirp.io (a 1st proof of concept can be found here)
- music & light: implement a BPM counter to blink color screens on the music rythme by listening to the vibrations sensed by accelerometer
- midi controller: play music using the cubes as midi instruments with Ableton or Renoise (a 1st proof of concept can be found here)
- internet of things: control anything remotely using python to forward Sifteo logs to an email or a server such as heroku or parse.com
- simple hacks involving microcontrollers such as Arduino can be tried too but the project must be worth it ;p (it's a bit more complicated)
!!! WARNING !!!
If interested, please don't just show up, your participation/preparation is important:
- ask Cédric at least 24h in advance to bring more cubes
- download the SDK: https://developers.sifteo.com/download
- start to play with the examples in the free simulator: https://developers.sifteo.com/docs/SifteoSDK/1.0.0