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How to Make a Human Camera - the Making of Touchy

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My name is Eric Siu, a media artist from Hong Kong and the creator of Touchy, which is a collaborative project with Tomohiko Hayakawa and Carson Reynolds. Touchy is a social interaction experiment that focuses on the relationship of giving and receiving by literally transforming a human into a camera. The person wearing Touchy is blind until you touch their skin, then the eyepiece opens and they can take photos for you. This human camera, with its unique properties, aims at healing social anxiety by creating joyful interactions.

For this project I transposed the functions of a digital camera to a wearable helmet comprising of a pair of automated shutters, a functioning camera and an interactive screen. The shutters are used to blind the wearer of Touchy, only your touch will activate their opening and allow Touchy to see. When a human contact is maintained for 10 seconds, the front facing camera captures an image, which is displayed on the back facing screen for the user to access.

Metaphorically, Touchy lives in an isolating cage built by the experience of total darkness, as if they are encountering the same sensuous withdrawal as some social disorder patients. An effortless touch by someone else is an action of giving vision and taking photos, which heals the anxiety and generates a playful interaction that invites people to have fun and reinterpret the way we think about and use cameras.

Some obstacles are solvable by accessible technology and moderate electronics knowledge, others require more expensive solutions or intensive technical research (such as the sensor), which is still a work in progress with the sensor research team. Moreover, in this instructable, I will also include comments from Tosa Novmichi@Maywa Denki, my project adviser, who has been valuable in Touchy.

This Instructable is divided to following parts:
  1. Design
  2. Prototype
  3. 3D modeling (Solidworks)
  4. Mechanical and Electronics design
  5. The Touchswitch Sensor Research and Experiment.
For further reading into Touchy please check out touchtouchy.com
 
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Step 1: Design

At the beginning of the design phase it's important to produce a lot of sketches, conduct studies, and research your design choices. Compare the advantages of each in terms of aesthetic and practical means.

The first sketch of Touchy illustrated something way simpler (as a pair of goggles) than the finished product and of course that was overly optimistic because there is no way for me to embed all electronics in this design. After further brainstorming I decided a key point that guides my design - the device should be able to make direct association to a camera object. Like when people see it they should say "Look, it's a camera! On someone’s head?!" The sketches extend to this direction and in the third image I try to reference Polaroid cameras because they are fun and toylish. However, this idea is still not very realistic and it doesn't direct our association to camera precisely.

Next I thought to convert the entire head to a camera instead of just the eye. In this sense, the eyes would be the lenses of the camera and the head/brain of the person is the body/brain of the camera. I compared the camera helmet idea to the camera goggles and created different evolution of possible design.

Note:
As an artist who has never really worked as a product designer working on this product-like project, there was one question came into my mind - should I design the object from outside in? Or inside out? This was a very critical question. When I started from the outside, I always worry if it will fit everything inside, on the contrary, if I start from inside, I am afraid some decisions might make the outside ugly. It's a very difficult balancing game especially we couldn't confirm how much electronics components we have to embed into the helmet. I asked this question to Tosa, and he said he used to do outside in, so that you won't lose your desired shape and design. What happen inside is always more flexible and solvable. I agree with that and I also find it important to work within limitations that you have to pin point some elements in your project that almost unchangeable and work around it. Like Apple might have their first iPad 1 as thin as the iPad 2 if the screen and battery could be thinner (of course, despite their business strategy.)


I finally chose the design of the last image, and it still somewhat an intermediate, but it is good enough for prototyping.

Step 2: Prototype

After choosing the design, I drew four views (front, top, side and back) of the helmet for the prototyping process. Thanks Tosa for letting me to use his studio for this purpose since I don't have one in Japan.

Before jump into 3D modeling it's always good to build simple prototypes with easy to use materials, such as foam board, cardboard, paper, modeling plywood, etc. Modeling your design in software takes a lot of time, and a simple prototype model can quickly give you an idea of how your design look like in real 3D. Particularly for this wearable device project, without a prototype, I would have no idea how to define the dimensions of the object.

I created my prototype by measuring my head, getting the approximate dimensions of the enclosure of the helmet and the shutters location from the distance of my eyes. I also knew that there was going to be a space limitation from the motors I used , they are located quite close to the eyes so I have to make sure it won't hurt myself when designing the prototype. From the first version of prototype I found the camera hood blocks too much of the eyes, so I decide to take away this cool feature to simulate a camera with normal lens.

Prototyping further the design was getting closer to what I wanted, but still felt bulky. Once approach to reducing the bulk was to make the top curve inward and reduce volume. I simulated this by layering several foam boards on top each other and sanding down the edges.

Prototyping can be a very long process (James Dyson made 5,127 prototypes before the first model DC01 launched). After I was satisfied with the rough prototype I took the design into Solidworks for 3D modeling, referencing my physical prototype for scale and dimensions.

Step 3: 3D Modeling (Solidworks)

Solidworks is a great 3D CAD software mainly for engineering and product designers. This is not a step-by-step Solidworks tutorial, but I will share the key phases of the development of the project.
  1. The first task I wanted to process was the mechanical design of the shutters, I was most worried about this part as I am not an Engineer. As a newbie of Solidworks it was a good task for me to practice the software. The shutter is an off-the-shelf product, which is simple enough to hack. I measured all the dimensions of the shutter and modeled it for gear design.
  2. After I have the dimensions and the model of the shutter, I search for approximate gear from sdp-si and modify their model to fit my designed gear, which has to have certain structure to push some end-stops (I will explain in the next section). Solidworks can also simulate the gear motion by gear mate. You can check this tutorial to learn how to do it.
  3. The gear mechanism was the only part that I designed inside out, which provided me the possible dimension of the lens. I then modeled the housing for the motors/shutters and also a motor mount for gripping the motor. (I ended up combining the housing with the helmet body to make things clearer and simpler.)
  4. The shutters and the gear mechanism extend to the lens design, which comprises a less chunky lens hood (I somewhat reference it from this lomo camera,) a lens plate and a pair of lens rings. Below the lens plate hides a miniature LED and a hacked webcam, which actually used for image capturing.
  5. Then, it comes to the body design, and I separated the body to three parts – top, mid and bottom.
  6. The top houses an off-the-shelf flashlight and the batteries. In order to ensure the top is rigid enough, I added ribs to strengthen the structure.
  7. The mid part is another complicated part. The one you see is the latest version. At the front, it directly houses the shutters, which locked by two pairs of setscrews. The helmet mid also houses the electronics and the back LCD. I added eight ribs at the corners to strength the structure – four at the top are for mounting a hat like things from the inner part of an industrial hard hat, which I will show in the next section. The inner walls have some hooks for routing the cables.
  8. The bottom part follows the structure of the mid and I added filets to shrink the volume and visually balance with the top.
There are more models I had to make as you can see from the exploded view. Then I prepared the .step file and BOM (bill of material) and send to China for the CNC process. For a complex builds that embeds mechanical function, it might easier to pay a service which could build and evaluate in 3D modeling, and have a fabricator produce it by machining like CNC or 3D printing. I found a few Chinese companies that make high-end prototype for later master mold and mass production, some they take single or low quantity orders. The advantage is they always have good turn around time and offer affordable deal, the down side is that shipment is required for back and forth evaluations. If you don't live in China, don't speak Chinese or require multiple revisions this can be costly. Luckily there are a number of businesses that are set up international for this, made-in-china.com or alibaba.com might be helpful.

Step 4: Mechanical and Electronics design

After the parts have been manufactured it's time to combine the physical product with the electronics and mechanics. Usually parts will fit as you designed, but sometimes you have to trim the object a bit to join things. I sent over matching components to the manufacturing company so that they can reference them at post-production, eliminating possible misfits.

After I assembled the shutters and motors I did a mechanical test. Luckily, the gear simulation in Solidworks didn’t disappoint. You might see there are some snap switches at both ends of the gear, they are called end-stop and are an important element when you use a stepper motor. Though stepper motors can do very precise movement like when used for driving CNC machine, they don’t actually know their position as servomotor do and they never know if they have actuated something to the end all not. End-stop is a switch (sometimes optical switch) that moving part hits at the end of a motion to determine if the part has reached the end (or the start.) For example, when a scanner starts up you can always see the scan bar is moving towards the bottom (or top) of the scanner, such action reset the scanner and make sure it starts scanning from the start location.

The motors are driven by a pair of stepper motor drivers that take commands from an Arduino Nano, which also takes the end-stops signals and touch sensor signal as well as controlling the front LED, LEDs for lighting up the wearer’s eye (because the eyes are too dark to be seen when covered by the helmet) and the flash light.

The image capturing and displaying are done by a Gumstix, which communicates with Arduino to receive the data of touch and to time the image capturing.

The entire system was tested in a perfboard with a custom circuit. After confirming proper operation on the perfboard I used Eagle to design my PCB and produce the printed circuit board from China. Seeed Studio produces pretty high quality board at a nice price and turn around time with very user-friendly ordering system (take order/communicate in English as well.)

Step 5: The Touchswitch Sensor Research and Experiment

Picture of The Touchswitch Sensor Research and Experiment
Unfortunately, the touch sensor is still under research and development, and I cannot share the current model. Our goal of the research is to have the sensors interact with the environment such that: 
  1. People can touch me anywhere (skin) to interact.
  2. People don’t have to hold/attach to any device when touching.
  3. The sensor has to be portable, so the wearer can move anywhere.
We are still researching existing technology that can fulfill all these requirements. We are currently experimenting with the theory of Theremin, capacitive sensing and radio transmission. If you happen to have some suggestions, please let me know!

Regarding the difficulty of the research, I am now creating an intermediate (touch sensing) version of Touchy which relies on a very simple technology as using human bodies to complete a circuit with transistor, this video shows how it works. The down side is, the user has to hold something before touching me, but at least it can kicks start the social experiments!

This is a quick summary of the project. I hope you enjoy it. Please comment and let me know what you think.

Stay in touch with TOUCHY!!!
Ever seen the movie "9"?
ericsiu (author)  JamesRPatrick2 years ago
Yes, I have seen the movie. For sure I am not the only one obsess with the aesthetic of shutters. LOL
that's actually referred to as an iris.
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Where can I get a Touchy to find someone who wants to touch me?

elimogol11 months ago
Wow. Setting this up as a social experiment project could very easily branch it out worldwide.
j4jackj2 years ago
you'll need a blind man's cane if you use this. paint it yellow.
denislav1552 years ago
I just wanted to say this is amazing! Keep working and good luck!
ericsiu (author)  denislav1552 years ago
Thank you very much. Touchy will keep growing and growing. Check out our Facebook to see how has Touchy been since the working prototype was ready! Stay in Touchy!
chad18Z2 years ago
You are genius. Honestly, great work!
ericsiu (author)  chad18Z2 years ago
Thanks for your kind words. I hope the the project will draw attentions to our overvitualize communication model today. Since Touchy can't reach you physically, let's Stay in Touchy on our Facebook page for now!
ehudwill2 years ago
Amazing idea!
ericsiu (author)  ehudwill2 years ago
Thank you! Always enjoy spreading ideas. Stay in Touchy in Facebook!
panny19962 years ago
what's what i call as creativity
ericsiu (author)  panny19962 years ago
Thank you for your comment. Stay in Touchy on Facebook!
l33tg4merz2 years ago
Fantastic work. As are the sketches (look a bit steampunk-ish). I took a university class in cybernetics (yes, it's also an legitimate scientific discipline) some years ago and this would definitely have been a great starting point for discussions.
ericsiu (author)  l33tg4merz2 years ago
Thanks for the comment. I like that you use the word steampunk. I have also received a comment say Touchy is spooky fun from someone who played with Touchy in a performance. Yes, Touchy is in action, check out one of our performance video. Stay in Touchy on Facebook if you are interesting in seeing Touchy's update. And yes, always happy to discuss more! :)
Awesome! I saw this project on FashioningTech and I'm so glad to see how these were made!
ericsiu (author)  SelkeyMoonbeam2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  SelkeyMoonbeam3 years ago
Thank you! I didn't expect FashioningTech would blog our project. Bet because it is a wearable device. :)
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I always love seeing prototype sketches along with a final concept. This is such a neat project idea, thanks for sharing!
ericsiu (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Thank you! I enjoy seeing those too, so I thought will be nice showing them!
That's absolutely fantastic - I love the way it looks!
ericsiu (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thank You!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it here.
ericsiu (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
Thank you!
blackdogg3 years ago
This is just wow.
It motivates me to make art-gadgets too :)

How long did it take to make the closing lenses?
ericsiu (author)  blackdogg2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!

Btw, just find out your question on closing lenses. It's like 0.2 - 0.5 sec, which I didn't really calculate it, but it's quite responsive take people can keep tapping my skin to play with blinking shutters! LOL!
ericsiu (author)  blackdogg3 years ago
Thank you! Yes, make some cool gadgets!
coolmilo3 years ago
Excellent work!! and not to mention cool!!
ericsiu (author)  coolmilo2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  coolmilo3 years ago
Thanks!
duncan_a3 years ago
Brilliant...!!!

At first I thought it was totally bizarre - but then the full social impact of it suddenly hit me.

This is a real world demonstration of the value of touch and social interaction to the world of the visually deprived and is emotionally very moving.

The device is superbly made, the girl is beautiful and the video is stunning - together they brigthened an otherwise very ordinary and boring day for me.

Congratulations and thanks.
ericsiu (author)  duncan_a2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  duncan_a3 years ago
Thank you! Glad it brightened your day!
duncan_a3 years ago
You say "The shutter is an off-the-shelf product, which is simple enough to hack." - off the shelf from where?

Can you provide a link to a source for these?

Thanks
ericsiu (author)  duncan_a2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  duncan_a3 years ago
http://www.edmundoptics.com/
search "iris", you will find a lot of options.
mk20113 years ago
the project is unique and ofcourse i'm amazed but sorry to act like a psychologist right now but it sure does not in any way promote help in social anxiety. anyway, congratulations on this awesome work and I hope we hear from you in the future!!!!
ericsiu (author)  mk20112 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  mk20113 years ago
Thanks for your comments. We look forward to see how people respond to it when it is ready for social experiment. :)
Wow, what an amazing concept. The video was emotionally moving. I would love to wear one! I wish you all the best with this project.
ericsiu (author)  jonahoffline2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  jonahoffline3 years ago
Thank You!
aleji77a3 years ago
I love the concept and the project itself is really beautiful!!! :) Thank you for sharing!
ericsiu (author)  aleji77a2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  aleji77a3 years ago
You're welcome. Thank you!
darthbindy3 years ago
The concept and idea of this are absolutely amazing! the video was touching and you could see the connections from this to social disorders. i hope this project keeps going.
ericsiu (author)  darthbindy2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  darthbindy3 years ago
I am glad you agree with the connection. It's encouraging! Thx
This is an amazing project! I'm a big fan of all things that flirt with the gap between humanity and technology, and bridging that gap, and also messing with or experimenting with people's perceptions of things.

I wish you the best in your endeavors and don't listen to the naysayers!
ericsiu (author)  DeusXMachina2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  DeusXMachina3 years ago
Thank you! I think it's an important topic for today's world, and thanks for supporting the idea!
this is so cool! i hope you finish soon. god bless
ericsiu (author)  super knex builder2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  super knex builder3 years ago
Thank you!
i love this! Ive always imagined me being able to take pictures with my eyes. I blink in a certain way!
YOU ARE SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!!
by the way, do you like chocolate?
Because if you do, search for 'chocolate legos' which my dad thought up.
Actually it might be 'lego toffees'
ericsiu (author)  TheInstructableGirls2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  TheInstructableGirls3 years ago
Thank you! Your dad's post look cool. It will be a nice weekend entertainment. :)
Lindie3 years ago
It's very cool!
ericsiu (author)  Lindie2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  Lindie3 years ago
Thank you!
This is amazingly imaginative and refreshingly intuitive! Such an involved work of art is rare these days.
I'm looking forward to the launching of the social experiment! It would be such a tremendous thing to experience, and I hope to follow it as it goes. Keep us updated!
ericsiu (author)  CallMeShirlie2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  CallMeShirlie3 years ago
Thanks for your kind words!
walterr3 years ago
This is more than one work of art. The presentation of this project here is a work of art by its own means. This is packed philosophy for people to develop.
If there's a proof that humanity needs art to remain human, your project bears it :)

Great. (words fail me)
ericsiu (author)  walterr2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  walterr3 years ago
Thank you for your very kind words. I am happy that the project is generating some discussions and interpretations in internet. Though, some good some bad, but more importantly people talk about it, which means we care about our social conditions today. Your words are very encouraging. Thx
kwazai3 years ago
when I was a kid we did something similar using our hands. I'm pretty sure to at least a small degree it is useful in developing photographic memory. try taking a picture (using your hands as the shutter) and then closing your eyes to see the picture you took.
ericsiu (author)  kwazai2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  kwazai3 years ago
It's a very interesting association! :)
Lei_Kei3 years ago
Will these ever go on sale?
ericsiu (author)  Lei_Kei2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  Lei_Kei3 years ago
That's like our ultimate goal!
SkinnE3 years ago
I think this is possibly the most beautiful thing I've seen on instructables.
ericsiu (author)  SkinnE2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  SkinnE3 years ago
Thank you!
Zombie_BBQ3 years ago
i really like this idea,it would give a great perspective on our daily lives.
ericsiu (author)  Zombie_BBQ2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  Zombie_BBQ3 years ago
Thank you!
Honus3 years ago
Beautiful project and presentation. Love it!!
ericsiu (author)  Honus2 years ago
Thank you again for commenting on my instructable. Touchy has reached the stage of a working prototype with the help of TOUCHY BULB - a simple sensor that detects touch. An instructable on that will be up soon!

With the new Touchy Bulb, Touchy was able to perform in several places in Tokyo and generated much laughter. if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please LIKE us in our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ericsiu (author)  Honus3 years ago
Thank you!
taylrock2 years ago
maybe instead of having a touch sensor, you can have a pressure sensor, so it takes a picture every time you high-5 or fist-bump :)
ericsiu (author)  taylrock2 years ago
Thank you for your comment. It is an interesting approach except I don't want the touch limited to high-5 or fist-bump, but it will be interesting if I can categorize high-5 of fist-bump for particular style of picture! :)

Now, Touchy is actually in action with a temporary/simpler Technology (Transistor and open/close circuit to detect touch.) I think I will soon write an instructable about it! Stay tune!

By the way, if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please Like us on our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
If you are wanting your in-result to rely on a pure human touch - and yes, this is WAY WAY WAY out there - you might want to look at the products that Emotiv System has created to pair brain activity with real world object control. Mapping the activity in the primary somatosensory cortex when touched in a certain area(s) of the body could, in theory, result in the camera action. Just a far fetched thought.

http://emotiv.com/developers/
ericsiu (author)  davidgeppelt2 years ago
Thank you for your comment and information. I have also received an advise regarding this direction before, but never have time to research on it. your comment gives a more solid idea and acts as a good reminder. I start looking into it, which seems there are some articles discussed about how touch is reflected in our brain activity. I will definitely read more about it, though it is not really a technology I am familiar with.

Now, Touchy is actually in action with a temporary/simpler Technology (Transistor and open/close circuit to detect touch.) I think I will soon write an instructable about it! Stay tune!

By the way, if you like Touchy and on Facebook, please Like us on our new Facebook page and check out our new videos!

http://www.facebook.com/touchycamera
https://vimeo.com/50739362
https://vimeo.com/50732219

Stay in Touchy!!
ollie owl3 years ago
I see if you have 4 camera n ,s ,e,w if some touch you without your convect if all was OK you delete if not evidences it left for police