While I was setting up ScreenThings for Maker Faire something very interesting happened. I finally had it up and running when one of the screens started to turn pale, then blink on and off. Then it would just shrink into a little dot and go black. I pushed its power button and it turned back on but then, a little dot and darkness. At the same time my father-in-law was in the hospital due to, amongst other things, failing eyesight. It was his right eye which was suffering the most. Likewise, my screenThing had lost it’s right eye. I was able to replace the monitor in time for opening, however my father-in-law stayed in the hospital another three weeks. His vision has not returned and there’s no clear diagnosis. I’ve been helping to advocate for him and it’s been exhausting, emotionally draining work. One day soon I’m sure that this experience will work it’s way into my artwork. Like people, machines are subject to failure and death. What would I have had I not been able to replace the broken monitor?
Getting screenThings ready for maker faire. Working on iPhone app. If anyone’s gotten openframeworks to work with the external video output on iPhone, let me know.
Congratulations! We are happy to inform you that your proposal – Maker #6994 – ScreenThings – for the 2nd Annual World Maker Faire 2011 at the New York Hall of Science has been accepted.