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Interactive Garden: Frequently Asked Questions

Sensory Interactive Garden at Beakerhead

You’ve seen the building process and the final result, but there’s still more to say about the project. These are some of the common questions I got asked as visitors came around the garden and interacted with it. If you’re wondering something, and

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The Sensory Interactive Garden Show at Beakerhead

Sensory Interactive Garden at Beakerhead

Because of an early snowfall hitting Calgary, the interactive garden rested a day before greeting the public on Thursday morning. School kids rushed in, running their hands through the plexiglass rods, smacking the aluminum flowers, and asking a ton of

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Bringing It Together: The Interactive Garden’s Finale

Building the Interactive Garden

Two weeks ago, serious construction of the interactive garden began. It was crunch time. Our 2450 LEDs had arrived, along with 3180′ of plexiglass rods. We got to work. First, we drilled the holes in each board. We used a CNC

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Priming and Painting the Garden

painted grass boards

The clock is ticking to get the interactive garden up and running. So far, all tests have been really successful, and the parts for the final installation are coming together, but the LEDs and acrylic rod have yet to arrive,

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Finding the Right Tools for the Garden

Interactive Garden in Max 6

I ran some tests with different sensors and found the vibration sensor affixed to even just one of the plastic rods works great. Being affixed to the plywood board, it also seems able to pick up movement from the other rods as well. I

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The Garden Makes Sounds

Although I don’t have too many  updates for the interactive garden this week, I did get some work done on the sounds that will be made when touching the flour stalks and moving the grass. Right now, the sounds are

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How does your Garden Grow?

Interactive Garden prototype

The interactive garden is finally starting to look like something impressive. With the base of the prototype built, I began hooking up the LEDs. I used the lights with an intensity of 3000-4000mcd and 1/16” diameter plexiglass rods. With the garden destined to be

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