Author Archives: Gregory Garrett

Engaging the User – Arduino

Tying the lights and sensors together is the Arduino. It is the nexus of the Step Up! system, enabling the functionality that makes these system components engaging. An Arduino board is a programmable microcontroller, which can read input from sensors … Continue reading

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Engaging the User – Sensors

Part of the challenge for a project like Step Up! is engaging the user beyond the short-term. Curiosity is enough to get most people to try similar systems, like the Piano Stairs, and their desire to explore will keep them … Continue reading

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Engaging the User – BlinkMs

In the Step Up! project, we wanted to encourage user engagement through a number of different means. One of our first ideas for doing this was through the use of lights. Previous research has demonstrated that ambient lights can be … Continue reading

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Gregory’s project ideas

Last week at the Aware Home presentation I brainstormed a number of ideas that I thought might make for a happier, healthier home. My first idea promotes sustainability by encouraging reduced water usage. My second idea falls under the category … Continue reading

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