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Materials:

1 Pulse sensor
1 Arduino uno
1 Usb connector
50 Sheets of A5 120lb paper
Cutting Master 3 machine and program downloadable here
Cutting Master 3 cutting tools

Drawing Materials and Textures
1 Sharpie
1 Paper mate intro highlighter
1 Pula Man ML120/ fountain pen of your choice
1 Fombow ABT brush side 942 pen of your choice
1 Foray permanent marker
1 Staedtler non-permanent Lumocolor (F)
1 Ballpoint pen
1 China Pen
1 Water Soluble painting crayon
Assortment of paint brushes
Paints Watercolor Paints

Anything you want! go crazy! get wild! anything you want! go crazy! get wild!

Code to start with
heart sensor and processing sketch

Step 1: Connecting Heart Sensor

Connect the heart sensor to an Arduino, and begin working on the code. The pulse sensor I used can be found here [you can also find the code to get started on their site]. To connect the pulse sensor, connect the black wire into ground, and the red into 5V, and the purple into A3.

Step 2: Detecting Pulse Sensor and Testing in Processing

Once the pulse sensor is detected and you are able to receive information in the console, open up processing and test the sensor.

Step 3: Create a Sketch

Creating a sketch in processing. I really wanted the sketch to be minimal so I decided to do a simple sketch. For every heart beat detected, a random line is drawn.

Step 4: Take a Closer Look at Your Sensor

Step 4. I quickly learned that the pulse sensor was not the most accurate sensor, so in order to get rid of ghost heart beats, I put in a line of code to filter out phantom beats.

Step 5: Generate a Drawing With Your Heartbeat

Put on the sensor and generate a drawing. Experiment and enjoy! Keep the sensor on for 10 seconds, then 20 seconds. Do some jumping jacks - have fun! When you are done experimenting, take a look at the pdfs saved in your code folder. Choose one of the sketches and open it up in illustrator.

Step 6: Preparing Your Sketch for Print

In Illustrator expand, rasterize and image trace your file.

Object > Expand Object > Rasterize Object > Image Trace > Make and Expand Step 4; Print on Cutting Master 3 with any type of writing utensil .

In this case I used a fine point Staedtler pen. Below are the settings I used; speed: 34, acceleration: 2, cut force: 16.

Step 7: Repeat Step 7

Repeat step 7 30-50 times with different utensils and materials.

Experiment with different types of papers, pens, brushes, paints!

Step 8: Creating a Box

To create a box to display your work, measure your cards and go to box maker to create a template. Import to illustrator and cut using a laser cutter.

<p>This looks interesting! A little introduction explaining what it is exactly, and why you made it would be helpful though :)</p>

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