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Drunk Hunt : A Drinking Game

Drunk Hunt

Lucy Morcos & Leah Fried

A drinking game for all. The premise is still safe, drunken fun but is less about your safety and more about the fun. We are inquiring how you can turn someones BAC level into something for your and everyone else’s selfish enjoyment.

Breakdown of the game:

The game can have 2-4 players (could be unlimited but we only made 4) racing against one another to collect the most drunk people as possible.

The player must wear two things :

1. The headband which features one small and one large LED light strip and one mq-3 alcohol gas sensor.

2. The fanny pack (Look Ma! No hands!) holds the potentiometer, button, Arduino and the rest of the batteries and wires.

The objective of the game is to run around and find drunk people, guess how drunk they might be, get them to breathe into your headband, use the potentiometer to make an educated guess of the value (Sober <—> Drunk) and press the button.

The breath sensor is located above the wearer’s ear, so they quite literally have to whisper drunken nonsense into your hear in the most awkwardly, flirtatious way possible. The tiny LED strip (3 pixels) is right above the sensor and displays a color value that matches the BAC value. This is to give the drunk person an idea of what their level is. If it’s blue, they’re pretty sober. If it’s red, they should go to a hospital. etc

The knob and button are located on the front of the fanny pack (because this game needed to be more awkward). So you can have free hands.

What happens?

If you guessed correctly, you get a point! The point will be displayed on the larger light strip by two illuminated LED pixels.

If you guessed incorrectly, nothing happens!

First one to get a total of 6 points (12 LED pixels total) your head band will go into PARTY MODE (rainbow flashing lights) and is declared the WINNER.

Quick code breakdown:

The code works in a pretty simple way. The values are read from both the potentiometer and the breath sensor. There is a switch case that is determined by their amount of points. If the button is pressed while the two values are in the same range, it moves up a case.

Video of the first time we got it to properly add points and respond to our code:

Leah modeling it:

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DIY Microscope

I created a stand for the camera we worked on in class to act as a microscope. I used illustration board, acrylic and multipurpose transparency film. I left a wide space for the transparency film to allow as much light as possible to come through. I also added a thin, vertical acrylic strip to enable height adjustment. The clip on the camera easily latches on and can slide up and down to go closer or further from the stage of the microscope.





This microscope worked very briefly, until of course the camera died. I tried to reconfigure it and hot glue it shut. This only made matters worse. It was sad. The microscope stand was so ready to do science.


C.P. Snow – The Two Cultures

In C.P Snow’s “The Two Cultures,” he discusses the very large divide between two different sects of the greater group of intellectuals. Using a negative tone, he concludes that each side selfishly refuses to acknowledge the equal importance of the other.

Ironically, he portrays his colleagues as viewing one another through their narrow scopes, while missing that this is not unlike his own view. He lived in a very specific area, attended a very specific university and frequented very specific work environments. That is not the world; that is his world. And if he only meant to make this comparison regarding his own experience, he was unclear with his defining boundaries. On the other hand, if he was attempting to define these intellectuals at large, his entire approach needs to be revisited.

It is ridiculous to split intellectuals into only two large groups. It is as ridiculous as the notion that people can simply identify with only two political parties, two genders, or two personality types. If only the world could be so clean cut. In these circumstances, a severely oversimplified duality was not the original intent, but it unfortunately became the outcome. I’m unsure whether it is easier to understand or it is easier to explain it this way, but I don’t believe it was his intent to forcefully push unique human beings into two very broad categories. When only two types of intellectuals are discussed, the reader will assume the writer believes there to be only two types of intellectuals.

Even if a person is placed into the category of a “scientist,” what qualities must they exhibit to relate to all of the other scientists? A love for learning, very analytical and literal thinking process, no artistic abilities present, a generally grim outlook on life and religion, a keen sense of curiosity, needs glasses etc. Is this the same for all scientists? Only scientists? No, it’s just a generalization.

Snow does begin to acknowledge this when he discusses a younger generation of scientists. They have broken away from some of the older generation’s views on religion and politics. They have sparked variety into their culture. But what I find most important in the points he makes is the idea that both groups of intellectuals could only benefit from embracing the other. They are only harming themselves by abstaining from leaving their own realm. He wrote that he is often tempted to ask a group of literary intellectuals how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It is the equivalent to asking a scientist about their knowledge of Shakespeare. The response he receives is cold and negative. It’s all unnecessary.

Hybrid intellect can be incredibly beneficial. Each group of intellectuals can both learn and teach. For example, he brings up the scientists’ optimism. Their impatience for things to get done, and inclination that they often can be done, is an optimism many others badly need. Instead of greeting our misunderstanding of others with hostility, we can choose to learn. This might even solve Snow’s original problem with overgeneralization. Black and white cultures beginning to turn gray as a healthy mix of cultures between groups of individuals. This, instead of the portrait of the suffering dichotomy he painted for us.

superpowers based on weaknesses – mobile lab

Weakness Analyzer for the Allocation of Sensory and Psychological Enhancement

I aimed for the wordiest title possible.

To summarize, it’s a device that reads both sensory and psychological weaknesses and then goes on to allot a superpower based on the weakest points. By using this device, a person can change what is weakest about them and turn it into a superpower.

So for example, a person with weak vision wears the device. The device then reads this as their weakest point and gives the “superpower” ability using technology. That can result in magnification, thermal vision, infrared, night vision, etc. So they go from having weak eyes, to super powered eyes.

To sum up my inquiry: How can I make a device that tracks human weakness in an attempt to nullify it.

This is a quick sketch of my concept



Here are some precedents/inspirations:

We already have sensory enhancing devices. These sparked interest (and the first one I used as a template for my sketch):

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Superheroes are of course an inspiration for superpowers. But especially those who use devices to bring out their superpowers. You wouldn’t mess with devices like these.



Hi, I’m Lucy


I’m Lucy Morcos. I’m a second year in MFA Design & Technology.  I went to undergrad in Philly for Interactive Design but that’s not important. My interests within this program are in physical computing, code, games, bio, storytelling, illustration, sound design etc. I’m really interested in pursuing product design or something in the physical market, so long as it’s creative and isn’t soul sucking. But we’ll see. On a less serious note I love robots and space. I’m not sure why but it’s often a theme in my work. So yes, some of my favorite movies do include Star Wars and the Iron Giant.

I also hate being called Lucille. I feel like I always need to make sure I say that.

Stuff that inspires me


I’ve decided to include some art that inspired this whole robot ramble. I love to look at art and illustrations, especially colorful ones. For whatever reason they inspire me, even when they aren’t related to my project topic.


(no idea where these exact pictures are on the site, but the artist is Eric Joyner)

Mixed Media

A project I recently found interesting is a mixed media storybook. I’m looking into mixed media for my Thesis project, so this project was especially interesting to me. It is a storybook, and when the pages are flipped, the app communicates with it. I think it opens up a lot of possibilities for children’s storybooks and games. This group also has a few other interesting projects if you want to check them out.
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I know I have plenty more physical computing projects that I love but I’m completely blanking on it. I’ll come back to edit this when I finally remember some.