This week I will answer the big question: How could my work affect ‘the world’. How can I distribute it. Who could benefit from it?

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How can my final project this benefit others?

On one hand we have amazing information available but we suffer from information overload. An old term but easy to recognize when we talk abouts problems using screens in a family situation:

  • Children feel neglected
  • Couples don’t connect
  • We sleep less
  • We teach our children the habit of being connected all the time

In 1995 Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown came up with the term ‘Calm technology.’ “ describe calm technology as “that which informs but doesn’t demand our focus or attention.

I want to display the wind in my kitchen in a non-intrusive way using [‘calm technology’]. So this can’t be on a screen crying for attention. I don’t want to put more devices

I think there are more applications where you want to keep informed about something, without grabbing your phone all the time. Things I can think about

  • How is your sick relative doing?
  • Will It rain today?
  • How much time is left for my next appointment?
  • Does your loved one think about you?

How will I spread?

My project will be completely free. Even if an commercial party would try to sell my work, I don’t mind. The basic idea of using Thermochromatic paint on heatpaths is hard enough. Displaying information using thermo dye is actually used by big companies. (patent for Thermochromatic battery test).

My biggest question is: How could my work affect ‘the world’. Who could benefit from it? I like it to spread as much as possible.

Help others to DIY this project

While I was working on thermal paints and heatpaths I found almost no-one who had done this. I really had to find out myself how it can be done. When It comes to heating and the thermo paints I kept this in mind while documenting my findings. It is published and I’m sure someone who is interested in dynamically chancing paint will benefit from my findings.

Ready made product (Kickstarter)

If I would sell ready made projects this could be the best plan.

Sell A painting (framed an all)

Problems for this type of product (most problematic on top):

  1. They need to connect the power cord (in a wall socket or ceiling lamp)
  2. Paintings are really personal (IKEA paintings work best in this case ;-) )
  3. The buyer should configure WiFi on the microcontroller (can be done via BT with other hardware)
  4. The buyer should configure the data source (a lot of work to create the App and UI)


Someone more technical could buy a Kit:

  • Separate heatpaths
  • The Microcontroller unit
  • PowerSupplies
  • Leuco Paint (Thermochromatic paint)

Quick Start:

  1. Repaint a part of the painting/photo with thermo paint
  2. Cut the back of the painting should be cut out in the shape of the heatpath (s)
  3. Glue the heatpaths in place
  4. Glue the Microcontroller and power-supplies to the back
  5. Connect the heatpaths,Microcontroller and power supplies
  6. Change the code, upload (via USB)
  7. Hang the painting on the wall
  8. Connect the power cord

Technical Problems:

  1. The heatpaths are to hard to make (to expensive) with the NiCrome wires (handwork)
  • To research: can I make carbon heatpaths, to stick on a double side PCB?
  1. A painting on the wall would be to much. But a smaller frame standing somewhere close to a power socket can be an option.

Work with an artist

If an artist makes paintings made for this technology, She could contact me and I can produce the technology and get rich. I know Art and Paints is the way to get rich (just kidding). I’m not sure any paint artist get stoked when you tell them their paint will change color when the wind is blowing…

Development plan for dissemination of your final project


These materials I need (with a focus on materials I don’t know about/have longer ordering times).

  • Wood for the frame (40 mm X 500 X 500 MM). Could be plywood. Available in 40 mm? Or glue multiple pieces of plywood.
  • Backboard (some kind of hard cardboard, about 3 mm)
  • Acrylic of normal glass
  • PCB material
  • SMD Components (all are ordered/standard Fabacademy)
  • Paper for the painting
  • Flat cable to connect the PCB’s
  • Thermochromatic paints (I have multiple 31, 42C and 47C )
  • Silicon (for heatpaths)
  • Copper powder (for heatpaths)


  • Roland MX-2 small milling machine for PCB
  • Laser Cutter (for Acrylic/backboard)
  • Soldering stations (for the 4 PCB’s I have to make)
  • Shopbot


  • Henk (lecturer) needs to open the door in Covid time. He can open the FabLab Mon-Thurs 8:00 to 17:00
  • Rutger (assistant lecturer) can open the door on Friday. From 9:00 to 17:00
  • Henk: In case of breakdown small milling machine
  • Henk: In case of breakdown laser cutter
  • Rutger: In case of problems with the Shop-bot
  • My father: to make the copper powder
  • My wife: to get enough time (not taking care of my son) to finish it. (need two final weeks full-time working at Waag)


  • The final project should be documented wel, all steps should be easy to follow and copy
  • The final video is the deliverable Neil will look at
  • The final poster/presentation PNG is the deliverable Neil will discuss with me

Open Issues

What should I research before I dive in making It?

  1. Making the painting, I have still no clue how to make the actual painting. Making parts from paint/ink. Should I redraw it? This should be addressed early in the process of making I and not to be pushed to the end in the planning
  2. Power supply. Do I want to make a power supply, and if so are all the materials available in the FabLab. If I don’t make it myself should I order it. This issue should be addressed in the beginning of the final project making.


  1. Local review: I will present my final project in the local review
  2. 1st of July 12:00: I will present my final project, including video en and .png
  3. 1st of July 15:00 I will present my final project to Neil

Chose any licenses from class page such as Creative Commons.

I’m making my final project and documentation for the final project to enrich the ways of displaying data without screens. I think screens are ‘bad’. At least in an area where a family is present. So much problems are evolving because family’s are not really enjoy their time together, every family member is in her own world on their own screens.

So If you want to see information, at the kitchen table (in my case) sharing this via a screen is a bad idea. So I would like to encourage everybody to use ways giving information not using private phones or laptops. I hope my Final project is a contribution to this. At least the technology of using Thermochromatic ink could be an contribution.

So I want everybody, including business, to build on what I have made and researched. The literal product itself is made for ‘people who are so addicted to kite-surfing the need to see the forecast everywhere’. This target group is really small so I’m not scared one big cooperation will make enormous profit from this product. So I want to grant copyright permissions for creative and academic works; ensure proper attribution; and allow others to copy, distribute, and make use of those works. But I would really liked to be credited when my work is being widely spread. So I chose the CC - BY and not the Public Domain

This is A nice overview of all the different CC

My Creative commons:

Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) This is a human-readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the license. Disclaimer. You are free to:

  • Share: copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt: remix, transform, and build upon the material
  • for any purpose, even commercially.

This license is acceptable for Free Cultural Works.

  • The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution:You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.


You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation. No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.

Create a 1 minute movie

The context of my project is most important So I like to make a little story.


  1. My point of view:
  2. I wake op in the morning
  3. Join my family on the kichen table, my young son and wife are chatting and eating
  4. I’m slowly looking at the painting above the kitchen table (Today’s tomato is RED)
  5. Zoom in on the painting. Music intense.
  6. I see flash forwards of an amazing kite surfing adventure
  7. I open the door run down the stairs, the flash forwards intensify (more flashes)
  8. Explanation of the meaning of the tomatoes and the USP

Hero Time!

if not working, You-tube to the rescue

Git problems

  1. I changed the working directory from “/Users/harmvanvugt/fabAcademy/harm-vanvugt/” To “/Users/harmvanvugt/harm-vanvugt/””
  2. I tried to push all in “/Users/harmvanvugt/harm-vanvugt/” including my 19mB video.
  3. I got a warning about size
  4. I changed the directory back to “/Users/harmvanvugt/fabAcademy/harm-vanvugt/” and tried to upload again
  5. Same warning

  6. I looked in the Pipeline, noting shows up

Henk told me to look into the history. Hyejin explained:

ah so it looks like that video is already added on your git so even if you deleted from your repo, it’s still in the history “

and asked to execute:

git filter-branch --force --tree-filter 'rm -f finalVideo.mp4' HEAD
git reflog expire --expire=now --all && git gc --prune=now --aggressive
git push --force origin master

This works. Thank you Hyejin!!!

Files & Conclusions

Final files

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