Understanding more sensors : Ideas & Project Inspo

In my research and experiments on sensing motion, I’ve come to discover there are many ways to sense motion, and it’s probably best not to use an actual ‘motion sensor’

The Theremin is an electronic instrument controlled without physical contact, thus it is a real world example of motion sensing parts taking input and giving an output.  Take a look/ listen! 

The theremin was invented in 1919 by Russian physicist, Leon Theremin

I was thinking touch capacitors would be best for a theremin but this Make tutorial uses a photo resistor and ultrasonic sensor.

Then WOAH there are “laser harp theremins”




RFID – is also an option for sensing interaction/motion!

RFID is used to wirelessly identify something. RFID is about reading tags that have a small amount of information stored in them.   They are super cheap and tags such as UHF RFID can be read from far away.  Passive UHF allows objects to be read across the room, and battery-assisted-passive and active tags can be read across buildings!


RFID will be important for the future of IOT(Internet of Things) systems. In the future every object may have a digital identity that rests in an ecosystem of identifiable objects by means of a prevalent network and mode of information exchange! how will this change the way we interact with the world??



Lights and Sound

Next on my list is to get LED lights to interact with sound!

Here’s a great tutorial that has really inspired me.


I’ve been working with the sound sensor, but have not had any success yet…

some tutorials I’ve been using:

Brainstorming Ideas and Inspirations!

Internet of Things : devices with network connections that are embedded in every day objects.

I am interested in creating something of this nature, something that collects information about the environment and individuals and then externalizes that information in some way.

Ambient Displays

  1. Dialogue group light : Another project I am working on right now is an extensive research project into theory and practice of”dialogue.”  This is with the intention to eventually facilitate a dialogue group.  I want to get people together into a space to talk about ‘the important things’ and to express perspectives and develop connections.
    1. So, I think it would be cool to have an ambient light sculpture that subtly reacts to the group.   I create a geometric shape that encases LED lights and a sound sensor. The louder the talking the brighter and more colorful the sculpture becomes!

Previous Projects

-infinity mirr0r

-crystal mood lamp

-custom laser cut sign and logo