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  • How to make neopixel jewellery, a colour sensing, fun wearable
    This neopixel jewellery wearable tutorial takes inspiration from a tutorial on Adafruit to make a neopixel manicure. I loved this manicure idea. Previously, I incorporated NFC chips (with an led) into a manicure, so I wanted to take a new step in a slightly different direction. I’ve modified items used,…
  • The Epic Rosehall, a dreamy home once again?
    This epic abandoned property has been on offer for £2,500,000 (2021), and when we saw it had been sold (Jan 2021) – we made the trip up to visit it while we still had a chance. Rosehall had already been undergoing some changes to the property and doors were being…
  • Tips for the top.. a review of Soldering Iron MiniwareTS80 solder tips: B02, BC02 & K4
    I’m a big fan of the TS80. I got the TS80 soldering iron as a gift a couple of years ago, and I can’t remember life before it. It’s still my go-to soldering iron, even when I don’t need portability – which is the main feature of this beauty! I…
  • How to install a Library in Arduino (1.8 onwards), using Library Manager
    The library manager you will use a lot when you’re making fun projects with Arduino. Libraries provide your sketches with extra functionality. From the Arduino website, “Libraries are a collection of code that makes it easy for you to connect to a sensor, display, module, etc. For example, the built-in…
  • Old Farm buildings, abandoned and desolate, but with a view
    My abandoned photos are available as NFTs. Visit my collection CryptoBando on OpenSea to see which are currently available for auction. These images are tagged as collection Steading #1440. This is a short post as I haven’t been able to find out much information about this abandoned building. It looks…
  • Want to print your wow character? How to use Wow Model Viewer.
    Using Wow Model Viewer you can 3D print a version of your character. I had a few issues when using the software so I’m writing a post about it. Kit Information I’m using a Windows laptop (gaming), and Alpha version v0.10.0.766 Windows 32 bits of Wow Model Viewer printed by…
  • The Old Farmhouse, Abandoned and beautiful
    An abandoned farmhouse. This is a short post as I haven’t been able to find out much information about this abandoned building. It looks like it’s more a case that this was a farmhouse. Maybe it just became unused over the decades. Some of these images are available to purchase…
  • TS80 Miniware I love you ~
    I got this lovely Miniware TS80 solder iron about a year and a half ago as a gift, and it’s easily become one of my most loved items! You can view the products on the official Miniware site. It’s quick to heat up to temperature and works like a charm.…
  • Non-fungible what’s? Going for broke. A guide to NFTs
    Note: The best way to learn is to jump in! So, I created some NFTs of my abandoned building photos. Visit my CryptoBando collection. A huge story in the news is about a non-fungible token being sold. This is the first virtual non-fungible token (NFT) artwork sold in an online…
  • Lockdown Arduino. How to Create a Chain Reaction across the internet.
    Chain Reaction was an idea for a project by Mil Stricevic at The Glasgow School of Art. Over the course of the week we provided tutorials and ran the week-long teaching Arduino event for the Product Design students. The Writeup Previously, this would be a week-long event that happens in…
  • How do I use the Library Manager in the beta Arduino IDE (2.0.0 beta.11)?
    An quick guide to installing a library in the beta version of Arduino.
  • Silent School: explore the pain of an abandoned beauty
    [UPDATE Oct 2021: We have been back to visit this beautiful Schoolhouse, and it looks like it is now being saved. the gardens were cut back massively and we heard from a local that it is now being renovated and fixed up. We will probably have another visit to see…
  • Flickering Flames: Deadbugging an ATTiny
    information This is a guide that brings together a series of guides and information I discovered when looking for fun projects. It uses deadbugging to create a stand-alone functioning circuit. This is based on the beautiful project on Tinker Log for a ‘geeky advent’. It’s my first circuit sculpture! I…
  • Easy to use ‘over the air’ OTA (wifi) to program your ESP32!
    This is an information post mostly for myself – I spent a lot of time trying to program my ESP32 using the OTA functionality of it and some of it is a bit clumsy. I created a board that I will be soldering the chip version of the ESP and…
  • What’s in a drop? Happy times with the Ashes of Al’ar!
    This is just a post of pure celebration. I’m a long time player or World of Warcraft – on and off… and I recently made the decision to have one last try for the Ashes of Al’ar mount on the game. For those of you who don’t play Wow, this…
  • Dangerous Structures, the haunting sadness of abandoned buildings
    Note: Some of the photos listed in the post have been minted and for sale through auctions at OpenSea as NFTs. Visit my collection CryptoBando and these are listed as Citadel #912. My fascination with abandoned places is growing. I find them a bit creepy and scary, but also often feel a…
  • Swindled, the podcast more interesting than it sounds
    A podcast more interesting than it sounds https://swindledpodcast.com/ white collar crime. I’ve been listening to Swindled for a few months. I’ve listened to every episode and now have to wait every 2 weeks for the next one. I wish I had saved them more and not listed to them all!…
  • Quote
    forgetfulness impacts an individual’s life in a negative way – leading them to change routines and feel ashamed
  • OLED & Arduino Heaven
    I posted images online of prototypes I had been working on, and Marcelo Souza commented about trying an OLED. I had thought about it before but the ones I had looked at (or even ordered to play around with) all were relatively expensive. If I wanted to incorporate one it…
  • 10 Arduino hardware items, get started for a tenner!
    Sometimes it’s hard to get started (and for a tenner) when you are unsure where to begin. Things can sometimes look more difficult than they actually are only because we are at a learning phase. I can tell you that I started with Arduino and knew nothing about it at…
  • Cheap ways to get started with Arduino ¢ ¢ ¢
    Starting Arduino doesn’t have to cost a lot. This post aims to cover the cheap ways to get started with Arduino. This is useful for when you are trying out a project and want to be sure it will work, without paying a fortune. You can always upgrade and swap…
  • My work & the importance of Prototyping
    I presented a talk at the Glasgow School of Art that was about my work, particularly some of the earlier artwork collaborations, projects Secret Deposit Box, and a selection of my PhD research. I then focused on the importance of prototyping, the types of prototypes that can be used and…
  • Breaking up Arduino: how to make your own arduino!
    I’ve been looking at breaking out the ATMEGA328P-PU chip (that is used in many Arduino boards) to be able to reduce the footprint and power consumption of the boards. This post will show you how to make your own Arduino. WOOP!
  • Sonic Bodies: Being Human Festival, Leeds, UK
    As part of the Being Human Festival, I was involved in the technical support for the Sonic Bodies installation. This is a project by Maria Kapsali. It brings together Sonolope and some new explorations. Bringing sculpture to visually impaired people was one of the overarching goals. Artwork ‘Pan’, and ‘Kiss’…
  • House: a site-specific performance, behind closed doors for a conversation in the dark
    House was an exciting project I was involved in as a technologist. I implemented Sonolope (designed and created by Maria Capsali and Simon East) to add interactivity to the performances happening over the week of Tuesday 30 January 2018, to 3rd February. Details of the project: HOUSE begins with the…
  • Secret Deposit Box, read the secrets of others & share yours
    The context for this piece was to create something that would have engagement and appeal to someone who would use it. Ultimately I wanted to try to create a “machine” that could in some way provoke a reaction, an emotion or a need to use it again for that hit.…
  • ilyware: my site launching electronic handbags
    (head over to ilyware to see the site) I’ve been working on my electronic handbags for a long while. Now I’ve been focusing on creating unique handmade handbags and accessories to sell through ilyware to help further the development of my circuits. These circuits will be used to embed technology…
  • Apps and Hats: a quirky iPhone application review show
    This is a bit of a retro post for me. I wanted to capture some of the Apps and Hats show that myself and the lovely Hattie did. This was back when the iPhone was first launched and the App Store was just getting started.
  • Learning Circuits & Code with Arduino: Is this for you?
    Hey – I’ve been making things with Arduino for a little while now (mostly a mess and a few small fires!) but I love it so much that I want to help others who are thinking of giving it a try. I’d like to launch a short course on getting started…
  • Travelling Christine : Postcards
  • Android accessibility? Is there any?
    UPDATE Note [Nov 2020] Many changes have happened to mobile operating systems, so I am going to update the accessibility information for Android and Apple platforms. Both offer huge options to make your devices much easier to use!  “How can you make your Android easier to use if you have…
  • VisionSim; simulator for visual impairments
    Do you know someone with a visual impairment? Are you trying to learn a little more about conditions for sight loss and how vision can be affected? VisionSim is a good start to discovering some of the ways people can be affected by sight loss. If you are a friend, family, carer…
  • How-to: Delete an app in iOS using Voice Over
    Delete an app in iOS while using Voice Over is easy enough to do once you know how. By default when Voice Over is on, it reads the icon that it is on and tells you that double tapping will open it. But what about when you want to delete…
  • Aipoly Vision versus Tap Tap See: Apps for visual impairment
    Aipoly Vision and Tap Tap See do very similar things. They are object recognise apps for visually impaired,  to help someone understand their surroundings. You only need to point your phone or iPad at the object and press a large on-screen button to turn on the artificial intelligence. Brilliant for visually…
  • Easy Access Accessibility Settings
    If you find you are using the Accessibility settings often or want to easily and quickly be able to make changes, you can include a link to it in the top bar of your mac screen. This post will quickly walk you through it. A pdf version of Quick Access to Accessibility…
  • Super Scroll Gestures!
    Scroll Gestures are great for everyone, I have this enabled on my mac and it could be something you find useful too! This enables you to press a key (Control key in my example) and then just move your fingers up or down on the trackpad for a super quick zoom…
  • Contrast for Readability
    There are settings on a mac that can make working on the computer much easier for anyone with a visual impairment, but also, some of these settings make things easier to view for many users. This particular setting I have enabled on my computer because it seems to make things…
  • Accessibility Plugin for your WP site
    Installing a plugin for your WordPress site is a great and easy way to be sure it’s as accessible as possible. I’ve installed WP Accessibility and it monitors the site and lets me know as I’m inserting images what are the potential issues. Installation is quick and easy, the same…
  • Accessibility and Chrome, setting up accessibility features
    This is a guide for setting up accessibility features on Chrome Browser. The guide in this post is for accessibility and Chrome – how to set it up with extensions that are available. It is also available as a Chrome Accessibility PDF Guide if you prefer for offline browsing and reference. 
  • Electronic Handbag: Smart bags demo of RFID integrated circuit
    A short video to explain how these smart bags work. They are currently available for pre-order from ilyware. There is a video to follow to demo the standalone version that you can attach to your own bag!
  • PICAXE for Wearables, a hookup & using guide
    I’m looking at an Electro-Fashion sewable PICAXE control board from Kitronik. There are a few wearable systems now that keep getting better and are getting easier to use and help people get started with so this was great to see another system. One huge advantage of being low cost (just over…
  • LIMiTED: ilyware
  • A Creative Creator Fair
    It’s been another crazy maker weekend – this time a creative Creator Fair at the Space Centre in Leicester was hosting a creative weekend with makers from around the country. I was showing some of the message bags I’ve been working on over the last many (many many) months and…
  • HELP! Five Fabulous Forums
  • EVENT: wuthering bytes, a festival of technology
    Technology festival Wuthering Bytes is happening again this year at Hebden Bridge and I am privileged to be a speaker there on the final day, Friday October 2nd. Tickets are a tenner per day that you want to attend which is a really great way to do it so you…
  • EVENT: Creator Fair, National Space Centre
    Hey I’m really excited to say that I’ll be bringing some of my stuff over to the Creator Fair at the National Space Centre in Leicester which is happening on September 19 & 20th 2015. It’s an event to showcase some of the creative and interesting projects that are being made…
  • Venice Biennale 2015
    I was lucky enough to travel to the 2015 Venice Biennale, and it was my first time going. I wanted to put some photos on my site that captures some of the art I saw. I was amazed at how huge the Biennale was and it felt like a life…
  • Uploading a sketch: Arduino
    There are only a few steps involved in running a sketch on an Arduino board, and this post will take you through it step-by-step, making it quick and easy! You’ll need an Arduino board, a USB cable and Arduino software on your computer to follow along. Oh – and about…
  • Wearable Technology 2015 Excel, London
    The Wearable Technology show at Excel during March 2015 was a huge display of most current products on the market now. Queen Mary University of London was exhibiting there. Our work was research based and mostly in prototyping stages which made it one of the most unique stands there. One…
  • Derby Maker Faire: Making, hacking, playing
    Just a little post with images from the Derby Maker Faire. I had read about the Bloodhound in Wired magazine and so was pretty excited to hear that there was going to be a lot of information about it at the event!
  • York Hackspace at Manchester Mini Maker Faire
    Our York Hackspace group set up at the Manchester Maker Faire over the weekend of Saturday 26th / 27th July. On the official site this event is described as: “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place…
  • Internet of things Printing…
    Here is a great link to a superdooper (yes really!) tutorial for hooking up your mini printer to the Internet. There is an Introductory Blog Post to get things off the ground. This initial post – is long and very detailed. It discusses reasons why they made it, how they did…
  • Leeds Creative Labs… collaborative projects
    [UPDATED] This year I’ve been selected as part of the Leeds Creative Labs cohort, which brings together Academics and Creative Technologists for collaboration. We have all met so far for an initial session to get to know each other and to be paired in our group of partner(s) who we…
  • The Fashion of Jean Paul Gaultier
    I went to visit the Jean Paul Gaultier show at The Barbican in London this month (June 2014) which has over 165 of his couture and ready-to-wear garments and from a huge time frame of 40 years of his work. It was a view of his powerful fashion in one…
  • CHI
    [Photo from my demo table. Thank you so much if you were one of the people who came to talk with me, it was such an amazing experience!] Today is the last day of the CHI conference  (2014) and I have had an amazing experience.
  • How Elderly People Deal With Forgetfulness in Everyday Life
    This post is notes about a paper that I reference and find important in memory / forgetfulness information. These are just notes and quotes from the paper and links for where to find it. Becoming Forgetful: How Elderly People Deal With Forgetfulness in Everyday Life Abstract: Studies show that complaints…
  • Charging an electronic handbag with a USB cable
    Here is a video clip showing how to charge your LED bag. It also is a good way to see how it looks when the LEDs are blinking, rather than just in the static images.
  • Black 1950s Electronic Vintage, 5 LED handbag
  • 30 Second Brief of Message Bag
    Message Bag – Project explained in 30 seconds from Christine on Vimeo. Brief of Message Bag. This is the project I will be presenting in the Interactivity track at CHI 2014, Toronto, Canada. I will be there demonstrating the bags at a table so please come and try them out!
  • Subjective forgetfulness is associated with lower quality of life in middle aged and young-old individuals
    Post with notes from this paper and quotes that are relevant. Links and information to reference the paper are given at the end. Aging & Mental Health Subjective forgetfulness is associated with lower quality of life in middle aged and young-old individuals: A 9-year follow-up in older participants from the Maastricht Aging…
  • CogSci Launch Event
    The research group at QMUL, Cognitive Science, is having a launch that includes previewing some of the amazing work that this group does and a panel to discuss “Cognitive Science; What is it good for?”. Details taken from the CogSci website is below…
  • Lilypad connection : Fixed
    Sometimes when you are working on a project, it’s hard to think of all the possible solutions to an issue. This post is about a problem I  had when trying to upload my code to a Lilypad (any board really). But it left me wondering what the heck, and becoming…
  • Yo! What’s in Your Bag / Backpack / Purse / Satchel… ?
    I’m trying to figure out what exactly are we carrying with us, what items are important to us, and how do we feel if we forget these items… also, is this unique to us as individuals or do we have more in common with others than we may realise?
  • Augmented Human ’13 overview
    “USE THEM OR DO SOMETHING ELSE” Details about the conference and presentations. Website with proceedings and information. Published paper: Message Bag: Can Assistive Technology Combat Forgetfulness? on ACM, so membership may be required. This is a look at Augmented Human conference. I had a fantastic experience going to this conference, the…
  • First iteration prototype Crumpler 1.0, how it’s made
    First iteration prototype Crumpler 1.0  Write up of some of the details from the Crumpler Prototype I created for testing after a proof of concept prototype had been made and tested. Details: iteration 1.0 This change was the first proposal after working through the proof of concept prototype there were…
  • Wearables : Initial Questionnaire : Specification
    This write up follows an initial few months of research into wearables / an initial questionnaire to establish if people did in fact feel badly when forgetting items, as well as a general specification for a few parameters. To meet Weisers’ concept of disappearing computing and technologies requires that users…
  • Iterating a prototype. Making and breaking components.
    This prototype (Message Bag 1.1) builds on the initial message bag, and has the basic features of it enhanced. It serves as an initial testing prototype to work through initial flaws and design decisions as well as features and how they would work, or what purpose they would serve. The initial…
  • Slow Technology: Programming the Interface
    This post examines The interface described will be coded using Xcode, using the interface builder (fig. 20) section of Xcode as well as coding the elements that will not be immediately visible on screen (fig. 21).
  • Slow Technology: Last Planet
    Last Planet is introduced as a retail solution designed to increase dwell time, reflection and interaction. The project set out to investigate the use of Slow Technology[1] (ST) in a retail environment, this is a point of departure from a study (Boehner et al 2005) where a museum exhibit raised…
  • Last Planet: The Iterations for the Design
  • Yo! Create (iOS App)
    Yo! Create (iOS App), Oct. 2011 An app to help creativity, through the use of exercises and activities to try. Coded in Xcode.The app needs work and a lot of additions still but was an initial idea to try to incorporate ideas about creativity, and idea generation exercises to help…
  • Shandy Hall (iOS App)
    Shandy Hall (iOS App), Sept. 2011 Created for the Shandy Hall Museum. iTunes Link I have been working on creating an app for the historical museum Shandy Hall, which is just a nice little informational app. Perfect for reading about events and the history of the house. Features in the…
  • Macgasmic
    Amazing Macgasm, I totally loved doing a writing stint for the Macgasm site from May 2010 until May 2011, covering everything from Zombies to WOW, apps, facts and interesting Apple finds. Was a great time and you can read my posts here: http://www.macgasm.net/author/cmoz/ Initially I wrote a guest post focusing on…
  • Travel Cash (iOS App)
    Travel Cash (iOS App), March 2011 I completed this app after noticing that feedback and comments suggested that my Allowance app was also useful for creating an extra generic account and some had used it for holiday budgets. Made a clean simple, essentially one function app – to keep track…
  • Psyche & Muse at Beinecke Library (Exhibition)
  • Re-writing Freud (iOS App)
    Re-writing Freud (iOS App), Feb 2011 The re-writing Freud app became available to purchase in the App Store from February 4th. It is the next logical incarnation of the artwork Re-Writing Freud which was first created back in 2005. This was my first Universal iOS app. It took a lot…
  • Pavel Büchler: making nothing happen (Documentary Film)
    Pavel Büchler: making nothing happen (Documentary Film), 2010 This is a film that I edited with Final Cut Pro and was finished in late 2010. Pavel was the 2010 Northern Arts Prize Winner which was a great affirmation of the quality of work this artist produces. Filmed in several locations,…
  • Lil Tweet
    Lil Tweet was the first app I made as a challenge to create a small creative way to use the social service Twitter. This app enables you to send a tweet from the app, anonymously, as a dedicated account. It is a 59p app that was created to take through…
  • ‘Making sense of a social networking world’, Annual Business Lecture, JCI
    Annual Business Lecture, JCI (Panelist)May 2010 This non-profit group for young business people have a yearly ‘lecture’ for it’s members and I was invited to be on the panel with 3 other professionals including the VP of marketing at Linkdin. My focus was apps and how they are changing the…
  • Allowance (iOS App)
    Allowance  (iOS App), November 2009 This app is one that we have been working on for months. From the initial concept to its updates and maintenance. We spent a long time planning and focusing exactly what people would need from an app like this and were constantly revisiting the design…
  • AppsFire.com, über-jury for App Star Awards
    AppsFire.com (über-jury for App Star Awards) International, Nov-Dec 2009Selected to be one of the Judges of the App Star awards, and the winners were announced at the LeWeb 09 conference. Other jury members include Michael Arrington, Loic LeMeur and Robert Scoble among others. This was the first time this was…
  • Girl Geek Dinner (Speaker), using video to make an impact
    Girl Geek Dinner (Speaker), Leeds Oct. 21 2009An exciting event where I spoke on the topic ‘Using Video to make an Impact’ to over 80 professional women & men in the industry.  It was held at The Loft, Leeds. Information about the event http://www.ntileeds.co.uk/news/geek-chic-leeds-girl-geek-dinner-5/ I realise I look a bit shocked in…
  • Black Page, Exhibition at Shandy Hall
    The Black Page exhibition at Shandy Hall celebrates the 250th anniversary of Vols I & II of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne. Page 73 of Volume I is a Black Page which marks the death of Parson Yorick. 73 artists/writers have each been asked to create a ‘Black Page’ for…
  • Apps and Hats (iOS App Now Available)
    Apps and Hats (App), May 2009 I made this tabs based design app that loaded the web pages about the show, which taught me a lot about iPhone app design. It’s a free app to support the show. The Apps and Hats app was to accompany the quirky iPhone app…
  • Apps & Hats: The quirky online show reviewing iPhone apps
    Concept created early 2009 and the first episode aired in March.  We were a “Quirky online show reviewing iPhone applications”.  We wear unusual clothing items from Victorian to sharp suits. Video Webcasts show there is a lack of females in the UK presenting these. The show was viewed on Miro,…
  • Sucking on words Kenneth Goldsmith (Documentary Film)
    Sucking on words Kenneth Goldsmith (Documentary Film), 2007 Film work has included editing a film on New York based poet Kenneth Goldsmith: Sucking on Words. The film was screened at Shandy Hall in Coxwold, UK, where Lawrence Sterne wrote Tristram Shandy, and in London. The film was premiered at the Eccles…
  • Re-writing Freud (touch screen kiosk edition)
    Re-writing Freud (touch screen kiosk edition), 2005 Arts Council and British Council funding received. This was first exhibited in the exhibition Un Art de Lectures, in Rennes France. It has since toured Scotland, London, Leeds and an electronic festival Prog:Me in Brazil. I created the technical aspect to the work,…
  • Re-writing Freud (book)