Sunday, 1 April 2012

I couldn't help it…..

The processing class was great.

It all started with a piece of paper….

We had three people signed up - one couldn't make it - but in a way that made it even more fun.

Hackerspace SG processing class
left -> right : Zul (far left), Kit Sunde and Bjorn Andersson

Kit & Bjorn were great - they got all the demos working and we got through all the material in record time which gave us time to go into "workshop mode"….

We took the last tutorial and started turning it into a game……

Then over the weekend I was stuck with a really lousy internet connection so I started adding music and a final image to it. You can see the results on the ioblocks site

It may never win the world gaming awards but it was fun…. 

Thanks to Kit and Bjorn - and for Zul for both being a better lecturer than me and for turning my crazy ideas into a decent lesson plan and notes :-)


Dazzle your friends with Processing!

A couple of years ago I came across Processing in a Ken Olsen's blog where he was using an Arduino to control a model railway layout which implemented a shunting puzzle. He used Processing to create a simulation of it.

Later when we built a 3D visual inspection system I decided to use Processing to visualise the data we were getting back from the system. It was never very pretty (i didn't spend enough time on it) but it served its purpose...

3D Visualisation of semiconductor leadframe

But the main thing was that Processing was pretty easy to use. The next time I used it was when I was mentoring some students who built a data logger for a 3D accelerometer - I helped them playback the position and orientation of the sensor.

Each time, the code required was really minimal compared to traditional programming languages.

To sum up processing - you can start getting results in two or three lines of code - and you don't need to be a programmer to write them.

Come along and start dazzling your friends!

30th March
HackerSpace SG
70A Bussorah St @ 7.00 p.m.