Jie Qi has been fascinated for some time with intersections between electronics design and visual art — creating her own interactive electronic artwork and sketch books that explicitly incorporate + demonstrate the circuits underpinning their behaviors. Her dedication to spreading an understanding of the basics of electronics and circuit designs with the world lead to Circuit Stickers, launched this past year via Chibitronics, her collaboration with hacker/engineer bunnie Huang.
I’m doctoral student in the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab. Before I came here, I got my bachelors of science in mechanical engineering at Columbia University. I also worked in electronics design and fabrication at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, on the littleBits project.
My research investigates materials and techniques for blending electronics with traditional arts and crafts media to create personally meaningful technology. I’m interested in the questions that arise when we use circuits and programming -– i.e. interactivity and logic -– to express ourselves. What magical experiences can these techniques and materials enable? What new stories can we tell? And how does this change our aesthetic understanding of modern technology?
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.