Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Cyber leaves

"Are these leaves?", by seeing this picture, you could hardly believe it....
But in this case you are totally wrong!
This structure is our new prototype which enables to inform a digital model through values coming from a feedback-loop of interaction between the wind (the agent) and the phsical model. The meas flex sensors that represent artificial leaves send electic signals to an Arduino Diecimila Board to an arduino-processingsoftware, that transform the given signals in values and finally send to grasshopper,which is able to interpretat them.

The currently used setup consist of an Arduino Diecimila and a 4x4 matrix of those meas sensors! Because the used Arudino can not handel that much inputs, we are also using multiplex chips to enable the use of the total of 16 sensors!

Work is still in progress! Stay tuned!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

INTERACTIVE STEM Cybernetic diagram

This diagram represent the cybernetic system of the STEM v3.0.

Monday, 1 June 2009

C5 reaches level 6

After 1 day of level 5 the tedpoles have reached level 6,3-4 days before the normal time of morphing. The STEM Incubator cell 5 seems working perfectly.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

C5 tedpoles reach STEP 5 of Morphing

After 2 days of high solar radiation and ideal water temperature the c5 teadpoles reach level 5 of morphing....5-6 days less then the usual time of transformation. The tedpoles in the B4 and D4 are still at level 3.......

Friday, 29 May 2009

Stem Cloud-C5 cell-tedpole growth

The optimisation of environmental agents like water temperature,nutrients and solar radiation increases the ted pole grow speed
The first image shows the cell c5 with the best environmental conditions.The tedpoles have the legs completely developed and reach level 4
On the other hand the second image shows the evolution step of B4 cell with normal pond enviromental parameters.The tedpolea are still at level 2.All the tedpoles in the Stem Incubator have the same D
ays life.

STEM cybernetic diagram feedback loop

The cybernetic diagram shows the complex system of feedback loop that links STEM testing bed, Environment agents,sensors,designer,softwares and interactive platform. In ecoLogic studio the designer is part of a structured scenario in wich ideas,data,instruments and product are all part of the same ciclical flux.Each elemenet is configurated as a multiple input/output agent that finds is complete nature only if is in constant relation with the systemic scenario.

Stem Cloud-Bio diversity Incubator

The cybernetic diagram explains how the STEMcloud testing box is actually developing a new structured concept of ecology. The ecosystem of the pond is analysed in his complexity how sum of different micro systems.Each micro system has a proper environmental nature,in which the main agents influence directly the evolution of his micro life.
The hexagonal STEM prototype is representing at the same time an important ecosystem diagram of the biodiversity and an incubator of life,in which the main agents are modified like parameters in order to show their influence on the speed of micro systems life evolution.

Friday, 3 April 2009

STEMcloud v4.0

STEMcloud v3.0 project proposes the development and further testing of an architectural prototype operating as an oxygen making machine. Its technological matrix operates as a breeding ground for micro-ecologies found in local ponds of London (Victoria Park, Regent’s Canal and Hertford Union Canal).
The prototype consists of 9 interconnected blocks that allow for water percolation.
The starting point of the experiment is artificially defined by us and provides what scientists call a primed condition necessary to promote interaction. The prototype is filled through the top 3 blocks with river water collected from 3 different parts of Victoria Park’s pond. The three different origins of the initial state enriched with the same concentration of nutrients are gradually mixed as the water percolates through the interconnected blocks. The final concentrations of each block cannot be predicted. It is impossible to tell what kind of equilibrium will emerge within the interrelated systems or what kind of algae ecologies will grow.
The colonies present in the pond water (enriched with nutrients) interact with natural and white spectrum light and CO2 on a 24/7 basis and as a result oxygenate the enclosed gallery space where the prototype is currently built (London Fields).
The transparency and porosity of the architectural system allows for the process to be visually and materially exposed and interfere with the microclimate of the gallery. The uploaded images are captured real-time (every 20 mins) by a webcam monitoring the growth process of is micro-ecology.