Part of this project is looking at integrating interactive digital/electronic elements into wall. One of the ideas that our professor Mark had was to somehow use an Arduino or possibly several of them in the project. From the Arduino site: "Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. "
I got to play with one for a little while tonight and I'm impressed. It was very easy to program. There is a self contained code editor for the Arduino allows you to create some pretty intense programs fairly easily. It also integrates the required compiler and the uploading /flashing of code to the device. There are so many things you can do with these like have them turn motors, trigger lights or even twitter. The possibilities are endless.
Here are a couple quick things I was able to do with after only a couple minutes of picking it for the first time along with a few thing from my spare parts bin. Th code for these are based on example code found on the arduino site.
Random Blinking Lights
An attempt at music