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Instructions for the Arduino-ÜberPen September 22, 2011

Posted by reto wettach in innovative interfaces, physical interaction design.





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Philipp Gräßler, one of the MA-students I currently supervising, has a 6-page-instruction on his Über-Pen in the current issue of the Weave-magazine, a German mag on “interactive design, conception & development”.

This Überpen is a extension of the regular Wacom-pen with the following features:

  • by sensing pressure at the side the pen turns into a pipet (or color picker)
  • by adding a scroll wheel to the pen zooming or scaling becomes easy
  • by adding another rotary encoder for the back part of the pen (like opening a screw driver), one can execute commands, which are also important, but not as ofter, as changing sound volume or switching applicatons

Philipp and his colleagues are describing in detail how to build such a pen with Arduino – in only 15-20 hours… Great project!


PS.: Sorry: no online-version of the article available… 😦



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