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Applications: Physical Computing

Tinker with sensors and actuators. Explore real-world interfacing. Add sensors to robotic devices. Create musical toys. Make fancy alarm systems. Instrument rooms and turn them into responsive environments. Design ultimate control panels. You can do all that, and more, with I-CubeX sensors ! They can capture a variety of events and signals - see the list below. Browse our demo section for some examples !

How does it work ?

Sensors and actuators are connected to a computer, using one of the following thumb-sized interfaces:

  • USB-microDig: 8 analog/10-bit inputs at > 5 KS/s and 8 digital outputs (for actuators), via USB or MIDI.
  • Wi-microDig: 8 analog/10-bit inputs at > 1 KS/s via Bluetooth wireless (legal to use anywhere in the world) with 100 meter range, includes BatteryPack.
  • With I-CubeX software you can now configure the interface to process the sensor signals and map them to a variety of MIDI messages as control information for sound, music, video, graphics and/or robotics devices. If the interface also has outputs, the software can configure it to respond to MIDI messages with output signals that control actuators. Use Cycling '74 Max with I-CubeX: check our support section. There is a wealth of software and devices that you can use in conjunction with I-CubeX to map the sensor data as control information for output devices of your liking.

    For more information about I-CubeX, read the About page.

    Sensors

    Whole-body motion

    • Flash + SeeLaser-Red or SeeLaser-IR: crossing a line of upto at least 10 m length
    • LoungeOn: lying or seated on a sofa or bed (or not), 67 x 38 cm
    • SitOn: seated on a chair (or not), 35 x 25 cm
    • MoveAround: temperature of 8 objects, 5 m within 41 by 6.0 field of view
    • MoveOn: motion (or not) within a space, 2.5 m within 60 angle to 5.0 m within 10 angle
    • TapTile: contact force, upto ~ 100 Kg within 30 cm diameter
    • ReachClose: distance, 0.05 - 2 m within line of sight
    • ReachFar: distance, 1.0 - 5.5 m within line of sight
    • Advance-645: distance, 0.152 - 6.45 m without acoustic obstructions

    Limb motion

    • BendMicro: flex angle upto at least 180 with a min. 5 mm flex radius along 37 mm strip
    • BendMini: flex angle upto at least 180 with a minimum 5 mm flex radius along 63 mm strip
    • BendShort: flex angle upto at least 180 with a minimum 5 mm flex radius along 87 mm strip
    • GForce3D-6: acceleration, upto 6G, and inclination, 360 range, both in 3 directions
    • Orient3D: heading (yaw), pitch and roll, 360 heading range, 90 pitch and roll range

    Proximity, distance

    • ReachOn: upto 2 mm from behind a cover
    • Magnetic3D: upto 15 cm with included magnet
    • Reach: upto 15 cm from behind a cover
    • ReachClose: 0.05 - 2 m within line of sight
    • Advance-645: 0.152 - 6.45 m without acoustic obstructions

    Touch, slide, turn

    • Bang: pickup taps and other impacts applied anywhere on a surface
    • TouchMicro-03: contact force upto ~ 40 Kg within 3 mm diameter area
    • TouchMicro-5: contact force upto ~ 100 Kg within 5 mm diameter area
    • TouchMicro-10: contact force upto ~ 70 Kg within 10 mm diameter area
    • TouchMini: contact force upto ~ 100 Kg within 13 mm diameter area
    • Touch: contact force upto ~ 100 Kg within 37.5 x 37.5 mm area
    • TouchStrip: contact force upto ~ 100 Kg within 13 x 609 mm area
    • TouchMiniOn: touch (or not) the button, 10x10 mm
    • TouchGlove: glove with TouchMicro-5 sensors on each fingertip and palm
    • ReachOn: touch (or not) the surface, 30 x 30 mm
    • Slide-050: contact position, upto 50 (x 7.0 mm)
    • Slide-100: contact position, upto 100 (x 7.0 mm)
    • Slide-170: contact position, upto 170 (x 7 mm)
    • Slide-200: contact position, upto 200 (x 7.0 mm)
    • Slide-300: contact position, upto 300 (x 7.0 mm)
    • Slide-400: contact position, upto 400 (x 7.0 mm)
    • Slide-500: contact position, upto 500 (x 7.0 mm)
    • Slide-750: contact position, upto 750 (x 7.0 mm)
    • SlideRound: contact position, upto 360 within a 46/56 mm inner/outer diameter ring)
    • SlideWide: contact position, upto 165 (x 160 mm)
    • Push: contact position, upto 100 mm
    • Push2D: contact position in 2 directions, 5 mm
    • Turn: rotation, single turn upto 300

    Object manipulation

    • GForce3D-6: acceleration, upto 6G, and inclination, 360 range, both in 3 directions
    • Orient3D: heading (yaw), pitch and roll, 360 heading range, 90 pitch and roll range

    Body neurophysiology

    • BioVolt: heart contractions such as in an EKG (electro-cardiogram)
    • BioVolt: muscle tension such as in an EMG (electro-myogram)
    • BioVolt: brain waves such as in an EEG (electro-encephalogram) and
      eye movement such as in an EOG (electro-oculogram)
    • BioEmo: skin resistance or GSR (galvanic skin response)
    • Stretch: in/exhalation
    • Hot: body temperature

    Environmental sensors

    • Air: air pressure, 15 - 115 kPa
    • BendShort: airflow speed
    • Flash: light intensity, upto 1000 Lux within a 20-wide cone field of view
    • Hot: temperature, -40 - 100 C
    • Humid: relative humidity, 0 % - 100 %
    • Light: light intensity, upto 10,000 Lux, within 180 cone field of view
    • Loud: sound loudness, 61 - 122 dB
    • Magnetic3D: magnetic field strength
    • Vibe: vibration amplitude

    Actuators

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