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by Chris Hand
Wed Aug 04, 2004 9:59 am
Forum: Cube Culture
Topic: (OT) Lecturing job in Interactive Media Design, Scotland
Replies: 0
Views: 96359

(OT) Lecturing job in Interactive Media Design, Scotland

We have a lecturing position (equivalent to assistant professor)
going here in Dundee, Scotland. See details below.

In the IMD studio we make extensive use of iCubeX and Max/MSP
for prototyping interactive environments and artefacts.

Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.



Interactive Media Design Lecturer

School of Design/Division of Applied Computing

Faculty of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences

Interactive Media Design Lecturer (GBP 27,989 - GBP 35,883)
Permanent contract (with probationary period)

The University of Dundee has established two new cross disciplinary
BSc degrees in Interactive Media Design (IMD) and Innovative Product
Design (IPD). These programmes are unique in the UK in the way they
cross boundaries between design and technology; products and media;
software and product. The two degrees are proving extremely popular
and we now wish to appoint a new Lecturer to work on the development
and delivery of the Interactive Media Design programme.

You should be a committed interaction designer/design educator with a
good understanding of commercial design practice. You will have a first
degree in a relevant subject and ideally a postgraduate qualification.
An understanding of how knowledge can be developed through research is
essential. You should be enthusiastic and experienced at working across
the design - technology spectrum with clear ideas for research in these
emerging areas.

The University has committed significant funds to the establishment
of an Interaction Design Lab to serve as a focus for research activity
in the areas of interactive media, product and space design methods
and practice. The successful applicant will play a key role in this
development helping us combine a commitment to exploring real world
design problems with a playful and experimental approach.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Tom Inns at the School
of Design on 01382 345290, email .

To request an Application Pack contact Personnel Services, University
of Dundee, DD1 4HN, Tel: 01382 344817 (answering machine). Please
quote Reference: DJ/404/WW

Closing date : 27 August 2004

The University is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes
applications from all sections of the community.
by Chris Hand
Thu Jun 17, 2004 5:29 am
Forum: Cube Culture
Topic: Does anyone have a switch?
Replies: 2
Views: 29585

DIY switch actuator

Someone was asking recently about switching electric motors on and
off using the iCubeX output...

The outputs can only source 30mA each (according to the digitizer
manual), which isn't enough for motors.

I've *finally* managed to try out a small cheap reed relay, similar to
the SWITCH actuator sold by infusion. The one I used has a coil
resistance of 500 ohms, so at 5V that's 10mA.

Worked fine switching an LED on and off in a test circuit... I see no
reason why it shouldn't switch fairly heavy loads but I don't have any
motors or anything to hand to test it with.

The relay I used is part # JH12N from Maplin (,
which cost me 99 pence. Its max rated load is 1A @ 100V (cf. 200V, 1A
for infusion's), so it won't switch mains equipment, but will cope with
pretty much anything else.

Hope this helps.

by Chris Hand
Mon Apr 26, 2004 7:42 am
Forum: Cube Culture
Topic: Motors question!
Replies: 2
Views: 14341

Motors question!

Here's a link to another great site on physical computing:

by Chris Hand
Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:04 am
Forum: Cube Culture
Topic: Motors question!
Replies: 2
Views: 14341

Motors question!

Tom Igoe's excellent minisite on Physical Computing has motor
control circuits:

(Almost any hobby electronics book would have some in, too.)

I've not used Infusion's Switch actuator, but it seems to be able
to switch 200V dc / 1 Amp, which would easily be enough for any motor.