Week 1: What is Physical Computing

In this class we will be going over what you can expect through out this semester, what tools you will need and types of projects you will be working on. I will be doing an overview of what Physical Computing actually is and showing some example projects to help you better understand what we will be doing in this class.

Lecture Slides

In Class Assignment

  1. Sign up for Slack and have Professor Woo add you to the QC Design group and private class channel.
  2. Setup your blog (use either Medium, WordPress or Tumblr) and add the link to the Slack channel. Check out Danne’s ITP Blog, Lisa Maldonado, Andy Poon and Anne Peng’s blogs for good examples on how to document your assignments for this class.


  1. Choose a fantasy device that does not exist yet and design a prototype out of paper, cardboard and anything else you can find.
  2. Post pictures, videos and descriptions of your fantasy device you created in class to your blog.
  3. Other suggested tools and materials to purchase for this class. If you go to the QC Makerspace you will have access to all of this for free:
    Digital Multimeter, (~$10)
    22 Gauge Solid Wire, (~$15)
    Wire Cutters, (~$10)
    Wire Strippers, (~$7)
    Tool Box (~$10)
    Soldering Iron (~$35)
  4. Find a physical computing project online that you find interesting and post it to your blog with a description as to why you like it and what makes it successful. Many can be found on the Arduino blog (blog.arduino.cc).