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The Little Universe is a gesture-controlled floor lamp with three wooden legs and an artistic lamp head. The lamp head was made of two circular ABS shafts, PVC tube, yellow flaxen thread, some LED strips, a Seeeduino Lotus, a Grove Gesture sensor. We made this project on a one-day workshop that aims to using recycled materials to make great things at x.factory. We made two projects for the workshop (one in the morning and one in the afternoon, what a fulfilled day!). We've spent one morning taking this floor lamp from idea to reality. And we were really happy about it.
The project name the Little Universe came from the starry shadow scene looking like a galaxy in the universe when it was turned on. The way the lamp interacts with the owner is also cool. You can switch it on & off and change the color & brightness of the LED by gesture control. Here is a video of how it works:
What I love about it is that it could be really chic home decor, while it could be more emotionally connected to the one who is using it.
After the brainstorming, our team of 6 had been divided into 4 groups: Anby, the team leader, was in charge of the project management; John Henry was in charge of programming and coding for the controlled system; Kishor, CY and Tao are undertaking the floor lamp structure building; and I'm the one who took pictures and videos and did the documentation. Here are the steps of how we made this lamp.1. Brainstorming how the lamp will look and how it could interact with the user
Using the recycled materials to make a lamp was the making topic assigned by the workshop organizer. In order to stand out, our team decided to make a floor lamp that could interact with the user. After a 15 minute brainstorm, we came up with the building plans.2. Sketching the design
Once we made the plans, it was time to sketch the lamp's design. Anby came from a design background, and she was really doing a great job in drawing all the designs.3. Making the base for the lamp
CY found 3 wood blocks, with a length and diameter which were perfect for the base that we wanted. He used the table saws and polisher to process and polish them into the extract right shapes.
Using nails and screws, the 3 wooden legs were mounted to a round stick, which would be the part to connect to the lampshade.4. Making the lampshade
It took us a lot of time to make this artistic lampshade! First, we applied a PVC tube to fix two circular ABS shafts, which outlined the basic shape of the lampshade.
And it was not easy at all. We dismantled the two circular ABS shafts that used to be a whole recycled part, cut the PVC tube into the right length with handsaws, and fixed the shafts firmly with drilled holes and screws.
When the basic shape was set, we also spent a lot of time weaving the yellow flaxen thread from the bottom shaft to the top shaft. Yes, weaving with random patterns.
Luckily, we had the cooperation of an amazing team and we nailed it.5. Assembling the electronic components
Connect the LED strips, grove gesture sensors to the Seeeduino Lotus, and extend a power plug adapter to it.6.Coding/programming
Coding with Arduino IDE, we aimed to achieve gesture control (switch on/off, color change and also lightness control). Code is attached.7. Assembling the components and lamp parts
We put the lampshade onto the base and fix it with some screws. Finally, we encircled the LED strips along the tube inside the lampshade after the program testing went well.