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Hardware and software tools and components

Pure Data (Pd)

December 3rd, 2008
Example Pure Data patch

Example Pure Data patch

Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. You can download Pd for free from You can also find some tutorials and other info to get you started.…

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November 27th, 2008

OpenFrameworks is a cross-platform, open-source C++ library for creative coding. It seems to be really catching on in the new media field, and a lot of artists and hackers are now using it. Watch the video I posted here, “Made…

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January 29th, 2008

Director 8.5 (click for larger image)

Adobe Director, formerly known as Macromedia Director (and before that as Macromind Director…) is probably not really Adobe’s best-selling product at the moment. I’m mentioning it here because so many media artists have used it.…

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January 22nd, 2008

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The buglabs platform consists of a small PC with a peculiar form factor (tripod mounted!) and a number of square addons (camera, GPS, etc) that just snap on to…

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November 14th, 2007


Stripboards (sometimes called veroboards) are typically used for prototyping electronic circuits. They have little holes, evenly spaced at 0.1 inches (yes, even in Europe – electronic components usually have their pins 1/10″ (0.254 mm) apart.
The image shows the soldering side…

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Yoshi’s DIY stripboard cutter

November 13th, 2007

Yoshi’s stripboard tool

I was in the electronics lab making a prototype and was just saying how I prefer the stripboards with links, where the solder points are connected in groups of three, rather than in strips that run the full length of…

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November 13th, 2007

Processing is an easy-to-learn programming language that is geared towards visual programs. It’s completely free and even completely open source. It is very easy to make simple things and still powerful enough to do some really interesting things. There are…

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