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Practical Course on Physical Computing

Team 1 – Guarden-Zwerg

Published on: March 4, 2018 | Author: Luca Schellenberg | Categories: 2018a, Projects

Idea:

In each garden there is at least one compulsory garden gnome guarding the property. Since we all live in the city, we have decided to create a garden gnome for the urban garden, the balcony. The aim of our garden gnome is to protect the balcony from unwelcome guests. For this reason we gave it the name “Guard-en-zwerg”. (more…)

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Different ways to build a catapult

Published on: March 4, 2018 | Author: Anja Mainz | Categories: 2018a, Tutorials

As part of the practical course “Sketching with Hardware” we built a catapult among other things to complete our project. On the way to a functioning catapult we got to know different possibilities to build a catapult. I would like to present these different possibilities as well as the structure of our functioning catapult in the following.
Generally speaking, there are four basic ways to accelerate the ball in the catapult (or whatever you want to load it with – in our case, however, it was a ping-pong ball): With the help of a spring, air pressure, a magnet or the impulse of motors. (more…)

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Team 5 – Toadal Catastrophe

Published on: March 4, 2018 | Author: Franziska Lang | Categories: 2018a, Projects

Brainstorming:

After the topic for this year (“Robotanics”) has been announced, we started brainstorming. We had some good ideas as for instance an intelligent greenhouse or a lawnmower weeding weeds.

The one idea that convinced us both the most was a scarecrow that chases away the various unwanted animals in the garden, such as cats, snails, foxes and birds. At the same time, we wanted to install a bee shelter.
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Inputs, Outputs? OK…. Sensors? Actuators? YAY!

Published on: March 4, 2018 | Author: Florian Mathis | Categories: 2018a, Tutorials

The following blog post gives you an introduction to input/output pins and shows you basic examples of sensors and actuators we used in our class and how some teams used them in their projects.

The fact that an Arduino can obtain sensor values very simple is one of the features that makes these single-board microcontrollers so powerful.


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Team 4 – Hans, the planthouse

Published on: March 4, 2018 | Author: Anna-Carina Gehlisch | Categories: 2018a, Projects

Our idea was simple: Let’s make a birdhouse for plants that need a lot of care and support. So the main feature was to bring Horst (our plant) in Hans (the house) or out based on environmental conditions like light, temperature or humidity.

The most important in a nutshell

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The Topic for 2018A: Robotanics

Published on: February 22, 2018 | Author: Bernhard Slawik | Categories: 2018a, Projects

This term is the last one taking place at our old and beloved workshop at Amalienstr. 17, Munich. And even though the weather does not make one feel like going outside, we chose the topic

Robotanics
Machines that improve garden work or make staying outside more enjoyable

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