06/26/2017 – 06/30/2017

On Monday, June 6, I wired my prototype together and tested it, and I am glad to say it is fully functional! I also posted to the Facebook page to inform the world about our work from last week and our trip to the Cyberinfrastructure Building. Anne and I met with Ben at 1:00 p.m. to discuss his feedback on the paper and update him on our progress with prototyping. He also showed us how to set up the white box to take pictures of our example object. I spent a couple of hours reviewing our paper up until the Findings section. I am planning on updating the Findings and Discussion portions of our paper tomorrow.

On Tuesday, June 27, I iterated on my prototype by adding magnetic snaps to the design. Then, I  spent the rest of the day peer reviewing another group’s paper and improving our ShareLaTeX document. I also updated any broken links to images on my blog.

On Wednesday, June 28, I spent the majority of the day prototyping. I designed more aesthetically pleasing flower-shaped cardboard cutouts for the Lilypad and its sensors. While I was downstairs in the lab, I assisted SOIC students with 3-D printing and laser cutting. I tried attaching the neodymium magnets to the Lilypad cutout, but their attraction to one another may be too strong. At 1:00 p.m.,  I and the other REU students attended the Wednesday Workshop during which we learned tips on giving strong oral and poster presentations.

On Thursday, June 29, I spent the morning prototyping. I tried soldering the magnets onto the Lilypad cutouts, but they had trouble staying in place on the cardboard cutouts. I decided to finish the prototype with wire instead of magnets, which was significantly easier and more flexible. Below is a picture of the prototype.


I continued working on the outline of the Findings and Discussion portions of our paper. At 1:00 p.m., Anne and I met with Ben in the fishbowl. We discussed our progress with prototyping, and I explained my difficulties with connecting the magnets to the cardboard cutouts and then connecting the magnets together. Ben thought of putting some material between the neodymium magnets to lessen the attraction between them. After our meeting, I worked on our paper and continued brainstorming.

On Friday, June 30, I arrived early to laser cut another Lilypad cutout. At 10:00 a.m., the REU students met to discuss the week’s progress. The theme of the meeting was if you could only eat food that was one color for the rest of your life, what color would you choose? After the meeting, Tom gave his CHI presentation. At 12:00 p.m., Anne and I had lunch with Ben and Katie, and we discussed our prototyping progress. Katie suggested that I incorporate a negative rail into my prototype. At 1:00 p.m., I attended a Fabric Origami workshop with Ben and Anne. The workshop was much more enjoyable than I expected – I made a yellow fabric necklace!

Below is a link to my personal website:


Below is a link to our Reviewer Response Table for Week 6:


We are trying to publish our paper at CHI or UbiComp:

CHI: https://chi2017.acm.org/

UBICOMP: http://ubicomp.org/ubicomp2017/


Food of the Week: Omelet and French Toast from Cafe Patachou