Makematics final: Diatom Recognizer

An interactive genus identifier to use on the beautiful and unique class of micro-organisms summarized under the name “diatoms”. These tiny creatures fix staggeringly large amounts of CO2 in the ocean, and are a key player in the global carbon cycle. Invisible to the naked eye, some are as small as 3 microns across. Diatoms…

Constructing Generative Systems final

Big Brother About: Big Brother is the older, wiser, and stranger brother of the humanoid model I created for another class (the “Little Brother”). It is an expression of finding the natural and anthropomorphic features in something entirely unnatural. I followed the simple rules of “scavenged material only” and “inverted orientation” to put together the…

Nature of Code final: Documentation

Under the Sea: Coral Cuties About: A top-down view of “coral” in the sea. Small bits of food drift over the coral and get snared for later digestion. Users can simulate random ocean currents knocking particles off the coral by clicking the mouse. Space saves an image. Uses toxiclibs and VerletPhysics2D to control attraction forces,…

Sustainable Energy Final: Solar Variations

I was forced to put aside my previous final, a turnstile dynamo using the MTA gates, when I could not find sufficient data to propose a mechanical improvement to the gates that would make them easier to turn. This was important because adding a dynamo would make the gates harder to turn, so I needed…

Nature of Code final

When I was 9 or 10, my parents took me snorkeling over a reef, and I’ve loved coral ever since. It’s beautiful, it’s fractal, and sometimes it’s even funny. If you’ve ever seen one suddenly retract, you know what I mean. So, my final will be a sketch with an interactive coral and a sea…