All posts by roula

Midterm – <3

Please refer to Enrica’s post. This is a collaboration <3


This heart will spam your email with an escalation of messages to get you to come back to it. It has a tiny PIR sensor that detects your presence and sends the data to the internet that triggers the automatic emails.



and here is what your inbox will look like


HW – FlushMotor from Delirious Things


I am investigating the ways in which hidden systems can manifest in our daily lives, if these systems counteract our intentions and behave in unexpected ways. A button being pushed exemplifies our ability to control the material, but the underlying mechanism has a life of it’s own. This is a speculative project demonstrating what it might be like to experience a future where design objects have agency. The occasional prank might be fun and unexpected, but the sociological impacts of objects living in symbiosis with humans might have profound behavioral impacts and most importantly will affect the context these objects live in.

These are two daily objects connected through the Internet using Arduino Yun. The flush of a toilet represented here by a pushed button sends data to the internet that is grabbed by the motor mounted on the turning table. The idea here is that there is a surrealist visual relationships between these two objects that makes sense of the interaction. So what if our daily objects start to communicate together and create a new system of interaction?

Here’s a video that shows a little bit more how this works.



hw3 :: delirious home :: step 1 :: motion sensor

Dali Atomicus, photo by Philippe Halsman (1948)

If our  everyday artifacts and objects were to become capable of sensing and perceiving what they are detecting, so how can we make sure the response is shaping the networks of our environments the way we want?

So I am imagining a delirious home where the internet of things is out of control… something like this :

Prototype :

As a starting point I am working with a motion sensor that I will place at the entrance door of the apartment to detect people, pets… passing by my door… the sensor will send data to the internet when motion is detected. I  will work with the data and affect another object in the home. I am using the Arduino Yun to connect to the internet and send a data stream on sparkfun.

The motion sensor is now working and lighting up pin13 on the Yun.

However, the data doesn’t seem to want to go online. So I’m still working on that.

Here’s the code

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Roula – Intro

roulaI am Roula, second-year MFADT. I’m from Beirut, Lebanon. I have BA in Architecture and Design from the American University of Beirut and a background in fine arts. I’m interested in topics such as: cinematic architecture, notions of time and space, extensions of the human body, real and digital identity, and wearable technology. For my thesis I am studying the areas of speculative design and design fiction — I want to explore the relationship of design objects within scenarios of dystopian futures to understand the human connection to technology.  So I will be looking at kinetics and mechanics in the conceptualization of these objects and worlds. Pcomp! Here’s a link to my website.