Category Archives: Education

What makes a good portfolio website?

A checklist to find out if your portfolio website meets minimum requirements. This is a summary of recommendations given in the lessons of Web Technology. 1. The entire site should have a clear identity which is visible on all pages. A clear identity can be a name or an alias and/or a logo. 2. The … Continue reading What makes a good portfolio website?

Include a processing file (.pde) in a webpage

To show your processing creation in a webpage (or WordPress post or page*) you can use this example code: &ltscript src=”https://home.et.utwente.nl/slootenvanf/div/processing.min.js”&gt&lt/script&gt &ltcanvas data-processing-sources=”/slootenvanf/div/processing-example.pde”&gt&lt/canvas&gt * in WordPress, simply switch to text-mode to enter HTML-code in a post or page. Please take note of the following: If in Processing you have multiple files, you must combine them … Continue reading Include a processing file (.pde) in a webpage

Using sound on the NXT

Sound files on the NXT Sound-files on the NXT should be in the .rso format. Use wav2rso.exe to convert .wav files to .rso format. .rso files should be copied to the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\LEGO Software\LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT\engine\Sounds before they can be used in the NXT software. Create a “Sound” block, select “Sound File” at … Continue reading Using sound on the NXT

Workshop Idea Generation with LittleBits

Monday I give a Littlebits-workshop for students doing a project on “Design for Specific Users”. We are going to practice building small, interactive circuits. Aim is to investigate design possibilities in the idea phase of the design process and quickly try-out different directions for idea’s. Students are encouraged to experiment freely by building circuits, mixing inputs … Continue reading Workshop Idea Generation with LittleBits

Build a distance-sensor with LittleBits

By utilizing the Arduino-bit and the Proto-bit, all kinds of electronic circuits and components can be connected to a Littlebits circuit. In this example, we connect an Ultrasonic sensor to the Arduino-bit with the Proto-bit. The distance measured by the Ultrasonic sensor will be displayed on the Number-bit. This example is based on the Bat … Continue reading Build a distance-sensor with LittleBits

Why learn programming with Java?

Sometimes I get a question from a student or colleague on why we choose Java as our base for the introduction to programming classes. Here are some quick reasons: It is a ‘proven’ language to quickly learn programming It is used as first learned programming language in a lot of other universities and high schools It … Continue reading Why learn programming with Java?

Embodied interaction with LittleBits

Tomorrow I give a Littlebits-workshop for students following the course “Embodied interaction”. We are going to build small, sensory action-reaction type of circuits which are worn by the participants. Aim is that every participant has an output and an input-circuit on his/her body. While walking around, the circuits may trigger reactions on the other participants output circuits. … Continue reading Embodied interaction with LittleBits

What do you think of peer-reviews?

This week my students had to perform a peer-review on each other’s websites. They also had to summarize the review (and their opinion on it) on their Blog. I was very pleased to see a lot of quotes like the one below.

Project ‘Virtual Product Development’ – sites presented as part of Digital explanation

Updated Jun 2016. These are some examples of partial results of the Digital explanation which where presented as a result of the Project ‘Virtual Product Development’ from Industrial Design Engineering: DASH AUGMAX Interface for a Luggage storage service system The ‘bibliotheek’ To Go Peek-a-band Note: unfortunately, most of the sites for this project have already been … Continue reading Project ‘Virtual Product Development’ – sites presented as part of Digital explanation

Add RFID identification to a Java application

If you have an RFID reader module attached to your computer (via a USB serial connection) you can read RFID data from a Java application. For instance, you can use the unique id (Card UID) to identify something or someone. You can learn how to build you own RFID reader here. To use serial communication in … Continue reading Add RFID identification to a Java application