Ohm Sweet Ohm: Interactive Ornament Series Part 1

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 in Craft, Sensors
Ohm Sweet Ohm: Interactive Ornament Series Part 1

Handmade Christmas ornaments often have stories locked inside them, nostalgic promises of memories and modes of being that resurface each year. For me, a combination of kitsch and handcraft formed a powerful imprisoning mechanism. No key could stop the sentimental here.

In this series of ornaments, i wanted to play with this intersection by including an interactive layer within it. Each ornament offers a promise of togetherness to its owners (i.e. my own family who I don’t see as often as I like or should). To accomplish this, the interaction mechanic engages the user in the story of the ornament. In Ohm Sweet Ohm, the hearth lights become brighter the longer the road (conductive yarn used as a variable resistor) becomes, a reminder that home is ready to embrace you however far you may be. This one was a promise for my mom and stepdad.

Instructable coming soon…

Ohm Sweet Ohm: Interactive Ornament Series Part 1 from Liza Stark on Vimeo.

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