Skill logging 1: 

Chigo: I did research about how to position the mirrors on YouTube, when trying to make it look infinite and where to place the lights too. I found out that we need a wooden frame and reflective films. The film will turn the glass into a two-way mirror and when the LED bounce back and forth between the two-way and regular mirror it creates an infinite effect. The film makes the glass reflect look very good. without the reflective film on the glass, it takes away from the infinite look. 

Will: I learned a ton about how lenses work and in what manner they are most effective. We want to ensure all the light is hitting the prism and there isn’t any white light emanating past and screwing with our piece. I mainly was focused on how to make the light parallel so that we don’t have to worry about it missing the prism. From this research I learned about focal length and found the optimal distance from the lens that our light source should be in order to create the desired effect and prevent it from spreading around our prisms. Here is an image of the lens I selected for our design. I used my research on focal length and its effects to select the lens that would be sufficient for our scale, while still minimizing the distance that the light source needs to be away from the lens to reduce material requirements. I did research on lenses and was able to select the lens I feel will work best with our piece dimensions based on the principle of focal length. Initially I thought that a focal length as small as possible (25 mm or so) would be ideal but all the lenses I could find were double convex which meant a slightly larger focal length would be needed to ensure that adequate light intensity would reach the prism. From this knowledge I selected a focal length of 50 mm (about 2 inches) which would allow us to minimize the material requirements of the light box while still providing ample intensity at the prism interface. I toyed with the lens and began building a prototype where we could move the light source closer or further away from the lens in order to alter the light that reaches the prism which may provide cool effects to the piece. The efforts made on this part of the project will allow us to have a better understanding of the principles behind the light source we have selected. Along with this it will allow the piece to have a light source that will provide light to the prism only, which will prevent light from bleeding past the prism, dampening the desired mirror effect of the piece. From this brief design work, I have worked on refining elements of our design to have a crisper and more concise piece that achieves our desired outcome in a more efficient manner.

Kieran: I learned about the nuances of lenses and what kinds of light are emitted from different bulbs. I will need to find what bulb will provide the largest amount of color when shining through the prism. I will also need to construct some sort of box that will hold the lens and light focused on the right distance. I looked online at a few different diagrams with different lenses and how each one affects the light. I also looked at what sorts of bulbs create different colors of light.
I cut a few slits in a piece of cardboard to test the theory of creating a new pattern. It didn’t quite create the effect we wanted as the light we used was too weak and it was a hassle to find the right distance between the slits. I think I will learn some woodworking skills while creating the box as there is a lot of woodworking involved in our project.
I learned about the nuances of lenses and what kinds of light are emitted from different bulbs. I will need to find what bulb will provide the largest amount of color when shining through the prism. I will also need to construct some sort of box that will hold the lens and light focused on the right distance. I looked online at a few different diagrams with different lenses and how each one affects the light. I also looked at what sorts of bulbs create different colors of light. This knowledge will help me create the largest variety of color and focus the most amount of light.

 

Alex: One of the skills I wanted to improve on is my coding and electronic control. However, since our project doesn't contain any need for programming I was working on a simple project and seeing how far I could get. In the future we will most likely implement elements that require programming and when that time comes, I will use the skills I am developing. My teacher for this little exercise was a ton of forum reading on stack overflow and googling but what was actually a fantastic tool was Chat GPT. I was working in visual studio code using Python. I have a tiny bit of python knowledge but it's very minimal. I also didn't want to just ask GPT to make my project for me, so I set it to only help with syntax, processes as well as suggesting methods to achieve what I want. This way I learn new coding principles while not getting stuck on where exactly to put the comma or if I should use brackets or parentheses. I learned an absolute ton about coding. I might not be python fluent, but I certainly understand how computers interpret data and execute commands. 

I recently got back from a trip to Las Vegas for a friend's birthday party. It was the first time I have been, but I was fascinated by the virtual blackjack machines. I only know how to write a little bit of code, but I understand how computers work so with Chat GPT helping with the syntax I wanted to give it a shot at making a digital blackjack game. I also have never dabbled in using art in my code so I created a separate library of ASCII art that I can call on to make the game look nicer. I coded it just like playing a real game. First a deck is made then it is shuffled. One deck and one shuffle per game. Once the deck is shuffled an index is created to ensure that no duplicate cards are drawn, or the same card can’t be drawn twice. From there the cards are delt like in the real game. Player gets the first card; the dealer gets the next card, and it alternates.

The option to hit or stand is presented and if the player hits another card is drawn and the players total is automatically updated. 

This code is not directly related to our project, but it will be very useful in the future once we start using servos or motors. In that case understanding how python imports information from other programs and libraries will be instrumental in completing those tasks

Carver: Skill logging 1: I researched planetary gears and learned how to make a conceptual model of the gear. I learned about the math that goes into calculating the diameter for the planet, ring, and sun gears. I also did some research into finding cads for making the gear set. I found this info on Autodesk Instructible. I am working on redesigning a cad model for a planetary gear set using tinker cad to make work for our project. I need to make it work for 2-3 prisms and need to get the sizing right.
This gear set will help create more interesting effects with the light refracting of the different faces of the prisms.

Skill logging 2:

John: 

The skills I developed were for working with the one-way mirror film and plexiglass. This included how to cut plexiglass and the techniques for cutting and applying films. The technique for cutting the plexiglass involved first creating the template for the shape I wanted placed onto the plexiglass firmly, and deeply marking the plexiglass with an X-acto knife around the template. Then using scissors, I followed the cut mark finishing the job. For the one-way mirror film the technique I learned was to use the cut plexiglass as a template and cut the film around it. Then I take the protective film off the one-way mirror film and the film off the plexiglass. A spray bottle with a bit of soapy water is sprayed onto the plexiglass and I put the film on. I then use a squeegee to squeeze all the water and air out starting in the middle until they are perfectly fitted to each other.  What I made was the Bottom and Top of the project, which are the mirrors that create the infinity mirror effect. Using my learned techniques, I cut the plexiglass into the correct shapes and then applied the one-way mirror film to each in the same way as I described the technique above. skills, I learned allowed me to take two very different materials, and to shape them and then combine them in a way that allows me to make use of each of their properties to further the project. The plexiglass provides a strong and clear materials to build with and the one-way mirror film allows for the infinity mirror affect to be created when the top and bottom pieces I made are put around a light source.

Chigo: During this project, I delved into the physics of light and reflection to understand how infinite mirrors create the illusion of depth. I consulted "The Art of Reflection" by M. Ray (2023) which provided insights into reflective patterns and light behavior. Additionally, I explored several DIY forums and watched YouTube tutorials by creators like Reflective Designs and Mirror Makers, which offered practical advice on constructing an infinite mirror. I experimented with different mirror placements and LED configurations. The infinite mirror project encapsulates the course's focus on interactive design and user experience. It demonstrates the practical application of theoretical concepts we've studied, such as user engagement and sensory feedback. Our team aimed to create an exhibit that not only showcases technical skill but also evokes wonder and curiosity, aligning with our project's goal to blend art and technology.

Will:

For this week I learned a good deal about refraction and how prisms work. They work to bend the light at different angles through the prism which spreads the light over the whole spectrum. This is most effective when the prism is a pure crystalline structure which provides the best refraction. With the prisms we purchased we actually see that there is very little refraction and it only occurred at very specific angles. Due to this we decided to use lasers of different colors and focus on expanding the infinity mirror effect as opposed to focusing on the refraction. These skills definitely improved our adaptability and ability to overcome slight setbacks. This skill is going to be very prevalent moving forward in any group work/project I have once I graduate as well as continuing through this project. I think this ability to quickly come up with alternative solutions will greatly help our group in completing this project before the art show.

Kieran: The other day we learned that it might not be possible to create our desired rainbow effect using the prisms we initially bought. We might however be able to buy a special reflective crystal that will reflect color nicely. I looked around on amazon and learned that there are crystals that had a good variety of colors that could be reflected. One reference was a video posted on one of the amazon links that showed light being reflected into many different colors. Our group experimented with our prototype we created a model hexagon and tested the light shining through the prism in a variety of ways. We also brainstormed a few ideas for how we will contain the light source in such a way that it holds in place. I may get a makerspace certification of some sort depending on the difficulty of obtaining one and necessity of it.
This effort is helpful as one of the course topics is development of ideas which we have done a lot of this week. We did this by prototyping a lot and experimenting with different lights and prism setups. This effort also helped a lot with the teams' goal to create an interesting and cool visual experience. 

Carver: For this week's skill logging I explored symmetry and optical illusions by reading about them and looking at artists' works. I read about the principles of symmetry and how mirrors can be used to create perfect reflections, leading to mesmerizing patterns and designs. This led me to some interesting articles on the science behind optical illusions created by mirrors, and how artists such as Fred Eerdekens and Anila Quayyum Agha utilize the science behind the principles to add depth and complexity to their artistic creations. Specifically, I found Anila Quayyum Agha’s art very interesting because of how she uses shadows and their reflections in her art pieces. I also found it interesting how she connected her art to islamic motifs in her artist statement.
This week I gathered photos to make a slideshow to show our thought process in making our art piece for the prototype presentation. While documenting our process it made me think about what our art piece could represent. After reading about Anila Quayyum Agha's artistic philosophy it made me think about what the significance of the art piece was. I thought about what emotions and thoughts we wanted viewers to contemplate when experiencing our art piece. Using this reflection I started a very rough draft of an artist statement that could accompany the art piece when it is displayed.

Skill logging 3: 

Chigo:

I learned cutting glass was simple that it only a sharp Knief and special oil to cut glass. We did it in class, we applied a sort of oil to the glass and cut over the glass, then applied pressure to the cut glass to break it off. Had to do research on which was the best wood or mirrors for the walls. which brought out the best infinite look and I found that the mirror would look better than wood.

Kieran: 

I learned about glass cutting I didn’t know anything about the process before and now I could confidently do it myself. I learned about it from John who has done glass cutting before.
We made the final hexagon with the mirrors we cut. I learned how to cut glass with a scoring tool and oil which I had never done before. The process involved taping a line to cut along, putting oil in various places along the line, scoring the glass with a tool, and applying pressure along the scored line to crack the glass. This effort relates to learning new skills topic in this class. It also connects to the design and development aspect of our infinity mirror.

Will:

For this skill logging I mainly focused on examining how creating the entire piece of mirror would alter the results instead of having a white backdrop. Many sources found online talked about how a light source with all mirrors would create a blur instead of the distinct repeating images we desired. After cutting out our bottom mirror we had leftovers, so John and I decided to test out using all faces of our hexagonal prism, including the sides, as mirrors. We found that there actually was the desired infinity effect as opposed to the hypothesis John had that they would create a color blur within the piece. We determined that this was an effective alteration to our piece and decided to cut out sides from mirrors to use on the final piece. Overall, this created very interesting visual effects that weren’t present before and enhanced our piece before the showing.

John:

I learned the tools and skills needed to safely and effectively cut the mirrors and glass that will be used to make our Infinity Mirror. I am also including in this the sanding and drilling of the glass and mirrors for the final project. I started my search with Google and found Home Depot’s guide on how to properly measure, mark, score, and cut the glass and this is what I used when practicing. For the drilling and sanding I went to Home Depot and talked to some of the workers on tips and tricks as well as for what types of sandpaper and what bit will work for my Dremel for the holes.

How to Cut Glass - The Home Depot

I cut out the bottom and sides from a mirror, and the top from a pane of glass. I then sanded all of the edges and drilled two holes in the sides for the lasers to shine in. This skill let me safely and effectively take materials and an idea and turn them into the core building blocks of our project. With the lasers, crystal, and one way film applied to the top pane of glass our project was complete. What I made was the Bottom and Top of the project, which are the mirrors that create the infinity mirror effect. Using my learned techniques, I cut the plexiglass into the correct shapes and then applied the one-way mirror film to each in the same way as I described the technique above. The skills I learned allowed me to take two very different materials, and to shape them and then combine them in a way that allows me to make use of each of their properties to further the project. The plexiglass provides a strong and clear materials to build with and the one-way mirror film allows for the infinity mirror affect to be created when the top and bottom pieces I made are put around a light source.

Carver: For this week the majority of our group's focus was on cutting the class for the one-way mirror that will be used in our final art piece. I had some experience cutting glass prior to this class but never anything on the scale that we did for our project. Cutting that large piece of glass took many people and a fair bit of safety equipment that we had to borrow from the makerspace downstairs. What I found very interesting was the oil that we used to guide the glass cutter when it was scoring the glass. We also had to section out the giant pane of glass to leave extra glass just in-case we messed up and needed to redo the piece due to a bad break.

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