Since my last post, I have come to find out that my idea was far too lofty. That being said, my professor suggested I try using a MakeyMakey and a cardboard hand with painted nails as the controller for my Nail Polish History exhibit. I took his idea and ran with it!
I chose to use brass fasteners as the conductive part of the hand. They will allow me to connect with the MakeyMakey alligator clips and trigger a command on my Max 6 patch. This will show a video, text, and/or a photo related to nail polish history.
Check out my cardboard hand controller progress below:
I thought that the hand looked rather boring so I decided to add something into my project that I love.. HENNA! I looked up some designs online and freehand drew them on the hand.
TA DA! The almost finished product! Tomorrow I will meet with my professor and work on connecting the MakeyMakey and plugging in the content to the Max 6 patch.
Success!! Just a little bit…
This morning I began to worry that my webcam would not be compatible with Windows 8. Which technically it isn’t. But after some discussion with classmates and the professor and few google searches, I found the driver for Windows 7 and my VX-1000 webcam. Even though I am running Windows 8, the driver still works and just warns that some capabilities will not be enabled. So far, so good! Yay! Thumbs up!
What is the main part of my project? NAIL POLISH! I left the room and painted three of my nails with different colours to test under the webcam.
Next I decided that Macgyvering a webcam stand would be the best option for finding the correct height for the video. Using my water bottle and the webcam box I found the perfect height to get both my nails and most of my hand focused on the screen.
After I set it up, I filmed a short video to track the colours of the nail polish so that my professor can help me figure out a patch for Max 6.
What are the next steps?
– using the new patch in Max 6 and troubleshooting to ensure it works with my computer and webcam
– writing a short history of nail polish or a few fun facts
– testing the patch with everything connected
Hopefully everything continues smoothly… and I succeed moderately.