This is a picture of my second Arduino project. It was done as part of a University of Michigan initiative to explore arts-driven inquiry. Arts on Earth sponsored multidisciplinary faculty teams to develop work that explores environmental issues. Our team was Karl Daubmann (Associate Professor of Architecture), Werner Dahm (Laboratory for Turbulence & Combustion, Department of Aerospace Engineering and currently the Chief Scientist for the US Airforce at the Pentagon) and myself John Marshall (Assistant Professor in the School of Art & Design). We were given the element of fire to work with.
We began by asking how to design fire, rethinking or repositioning its characteristics and attempting to use its broad range without ever having to strike a match. The resulting installation tries to use the characteristics of fire to extend the way we might consider technology and experience. 'Fire', a cluster of 22 digitally-fabricated, augmented objects that together form a complex system capable of responding to people, digital information, and the physical environment in which they are situated. The piece consists of 22 laser cut aluminum 'cones', 24 Arduinos, 660 super bright LEDs, 17 passive infrared sensors and a whole load of wiring held together by a CNC routed frame. The structure is located in the approach to the University of Michigan's Duderstadt Center.
See here: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Fire/145571
We have been asked to keep it on site until February and there is talk of making it permanent. We have no idea what the impact of the Michigan weather will be on it. It was never intended to be there that long. So far it has survived the rain and snow. Does anyone have any experience of using Arduinos in freezing conditions? Other than being under the canopy of the building the boards are uncovered.