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




Micro-controllers 101

A micro-controller is a computer! That is, it is a chip with a CPU (central processing unit), that has inputs, outputs and memory (RAM).


Micro-controllers are “special purpose computers.” They are made to primarily run just one program and perform one task (while the computer you and I are on is made to run thousands of programs). Because of this they are generally quite small and low power and low cost.

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Micro-controllers are often embedded inside another device, often a consumer product.  For example, a microwave has a micro-controller inside of it that takes input from the keypad and displays an output on the display and then runs a program that turns the power generator on and off.


Nerd Mode, Engage!

My name is Kalia (my middle name is Zizi) call me either or I love them both!

I am here to explore the intersection of art and technology.

 I see the Arduino as a revolutionary platform for this exploration.  I will use this blog to compile my most coolest research (and silly grammar) including information about ‘micro-controllers’ and their applications.

I will post my experiences with, ‘tinkering’ that is experimenting with prototyping Arduino electronics (namely LEDs, sensors and motors) and developing the subsequent code needed to control said hardware.  I hope to break it down into terms I understand (note I primarily an art and communications background) and you understand!  This may include some cool little DIY activities with an “Instructables” feel.  The best way to learn something is to teach it, and I also believe in sharing knowledge and making it easy to understand, so win-win-win situation coming right up!

The third component of my blog is a section dedicated to the development of my ‘BIG’ project- an ‘interactive robotic sculpture.’  This will be a physical sculpture built with my own two hands embedded with an Arduino that functions with some of the cool things I learned while tinkering.  An example of what I am imagining is a geometric structure, with sensors and lights inside. When a human comes close to it or makes noise  the lights change color and pieces of the sculpture start moving!

And last but not least I don’t want to do this alone and keep this to myself.  I believe deeply in the importance of dialogue and collaboration.  So please participate with me, comment, share, take my ideas and expand them, learn from me and most importantly teach me!