For this project, I have a lot to get done- I need to create the designs, build an interactive circuit, construct a couple of huge boxes, weave a bunch of branches together and then move it all to campus. Here are what I can see being my top 5 contraints/challenges to overcome.
- Time. With the number of things to get done, just budgeting my time to get everything finished by the expo/show is going to be the hardest thing.
- Code. I’m familiar with Arduino for simple interactions, but I’ve never had to code multiple sensor inputs and connect them to different lights running in tandem. I’m pretty bad at writing code, actually, so I’ll be looking for assistance on this.
- Materials. I can get most of what I need for free, but I’m not sure how much of that I’ll really be able to use. The wood I’m thinking of for the box is discarded crate wood, but a lot of it is in terrible shape, and will need some serious work to get it looking good for the project.
- Money. I don’t think this is too much of a problem, but I do need to buy paint, lights, a micro controller, and other materials to prep and finish the overall piece. I’m broke, so I’ll be trying to use salvaged or recycled items wherever possible.
- Space. This is supposed to be a 12 foot long by 8 foot tall installation, and I don’t have a lot of indoor space to work on it. I live on a farm and can work on it outdoors, but if the weather turns bad (as I’m sure it will, because Spring in Colorado is crazy), I’ll need to be able to put it away quickly.