ERU1, Fall 2015 – Ana’s Post

By: Ana Qarri

The device I made for the module made sense theoretically, although I’ll be the first to admit that it was mostly a failure. Using the Arduino kit, I made a device that would sense temperature and light to warn the (forgetful) owner of a plant to maintain ideal conditions. Although most of my fellow peers seemed to prefer making music using the kit, I prefer the high-pitched (and sometimes annoying) sounds that the Arduino would make. As the recent owner of two dried out bamboo stalks, I would recommend the manufacturing of this device, perhaps in a much smaller size that could be attached to the plant (I’m sure this already exists).

Although I did not come out of this module with a revolutionary new design, learning the basics of using Arduino was really interesting. I was already familiar with the logic behind the code that we used – even though this didn’t stop the endless bugs – so the best part of three days was learning how to use the Arduino hardware. I think this module is a great introductory course for someone with no knowledge of Arduino or coding in general. It was also very helpful to learn how to access the Arduino language library and modify the code to fit my specific needs.

As someone who is studying the theoretical side of technology and society in some of my courses and thesis, I enjoyed taking this course so I could get a glimpse at the more technical side of technology, which can be easy to lose sight of when you are constantly reading social theory on the topic. It definitely cemented my interest in the theoretical aspect, but I am constantly fascinated by how the technology we use is constructed, especially how anyone has the power to create it using open source platforms like Arduino.


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