Adaptive Environments (Arduino) workshop (BNE, Jan 2014)


The Cube at QUT (BNE, Australia) is running a 3-day Arduino workshop in Jan 2014. Info below, or to book head to

How do buildings like QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre (SEC) influence our behaviour and feelings? From motion-sensing lights to automatic roller blinds, these modern building systems are designed to make us feel comfortable. But do they? Yasu Santo, lecturer in Architecture and Interactive Design at QUT, will work with participants over three sessions to develop working prototypes that have the potential to improve the conditions of people in shared spaces. Whether it’s an alternative window shading device or an interactive working environment, participants will use Arduino to develop prototypes in response to the SEC and discover how to connect their physical surroundings to the digital world.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Responsive behaviours
  • Sensing, processing and actuating
  • Output behaviours (lights, sound, motion with simple outputs)
  • Adaptive environments
  • Kinetic systems
  • Interactive systems

Participants will be required to attend all three sessions on:

  • (Session 1) Tuesday 14 January 2014, 10am - 1.30pm
  • (Session 2) Thursday 16 January 2014, 10am - 1.30pm
  • (Session 3) Tuesday 21 January 2014, 10am - 1.30pm

Note: Though beginners are welcome, this is an intermediate course. A basic understanding of Arduino and a solderless breadboard is preferable. All materials supplied will be loaned to participants for the duration of the workshop.