Ark Navigator Fiduciary Pinax

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A portable cyberdeck for creating holographic audio reactive composite compositions.

miller-hooksMiller Hooks 10/04/2023 at 03:020 Comments

I am working on a pinax to host the AR fiduciary. It needs to light up an spin. It needs to be able to detect magnetic fields and movement. I've been working on this for a long time and many iterations but the current iteration I'm calling the Ark Navigator. For starters I like a knob. The next version the knob may float.

Here is a version from 2016.

Ark Navigator Prototype 2017


It was pretty cool and had a little LCD with a lens on top, changed colors and was responsive to capacitive touch. It was bluetooth and did not rotate.


I did a the AEC Hackathon in Seattle the previous year and focused on streaming maps and AR. This is when I discovered that it is really difficult to find a good marker that works in all lighting. Paper markers that are shiny can reflect too much or be impossible to see in low light. Something with internal lighting that can be responsive to the lighting in the room but also whoever is looking for it.

That brings us to now. Casting various floating and not floating hockey pucks.

Slip Ring FAFFE

Basic Levitation

Up to now and we have a robo pinax with wireless LEDs inside. It's pretty ugly, but I was doing a lot of experimentation to get here figuring out magnet configuration, internal reflection, all sorts of stuff. Here's a video.

above the bldc is a hall effect sensor and the wireless power antenna and amp.

Also some seriously overpowered exciters for haptic feedback and sound.

I shot a short film with a friend a weekend ago. It’ll be the first full composition to be attached to an AR marker.

Coming Soon! Chess with Sasquatch!