The Machine of Boredom

This project was called “Wooden Hand Playing Fidget Spinner”, but now I like to call it The Machine of Boredom.

An LCD screen shows “PRESS BUTTON,” and once the button is pressed, a high torque servo will trigger the fidget spinner. The time of spinning and RPM, tracked by a hall effect sensor, are showing on the screen. After about 1 minute, the spin stops and the screen shows how long you’ve wasted watching this machine playing, and how much does that time worth calculated to NYU tuition.

Concept:

As its name reveals, this project explores the idea of boredom.

The human can be stressed, hence playing fidget spinners. But can a machine be stressed? Does it feel relieved? Or does it feel much more bored after it plays fidget spinner?

How does the human who is watching a machine playing fidget spinner feel? Is this the ultimate of boredom?

Show

I put my project in the corridor, and with a GoPro, I recorded the reaction of ITPers, here is the video.

Read more:

Concept:

Bored Machine? – PComp Final Project – Concept

Making:

Creating WHPFS

Technology involved:

Raspberry Pi, Servos, LCD screen, Sensors.

Source Code: Github

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