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Michael Barton-Sweeney

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This user joined on 07/15/2014.

Things I've Built

Blinky

An interactive light sculpture inspired by simple creatures that uses wireless power.

Black Anemones

A kinetic sculpture inspired by sea anemones that has a magnetic instead of hydrostatic skeleton.

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Ted Yapo wrote 03/21/2018 at 19:28 point

Are those anemones made of ferrofluid?

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Michael Barton-Sweeney wrote 03/22/2018 at 23:25 point

Hi Ted! The body of the anemones are made of magnets, magnet wire and magnetite. Here's some video of it moving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9tH2-1kkvc It's kind of subtle, but if you look close, the magnetite spines move up and down. The magnet wire coils are being driven by a small analog neural net.

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Ted Yapo wrote 03/22/2018 at 23:39 point

Cool, I see them moving.  It's a nice way to animate something that would otherwise be very difficult.

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Vishnu M Aiea wrote 03/21/2018 at 17:17 point

Thanks for the follow :)

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mike wrote 09/13/2014 at 07:03 point
Thanks :-)

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