Tinder Robot Prototype

Here is the prototype for my soon-to-be-fully-realized Tinder Robot.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/109085943 w=640]

It’s pretty basic: a 555 timer that drives a solenoid through a TIP120 transistor. I use two potentiometers and a 100uF capacitor to control the speed of the solenoid, and voltage regulator that allows me to power the solenoid at 24 volts.

Here’s the Eagle schematic:
Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 9.22.29 PM

The board layout:
Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 9.21.44 PM

And the finished circuit:

I messed up the Eagle schematic a bit – the base pin for my transistor was different in real life than what showed up in my schematic, so I had to do some weird wiring to get the thing to work.

Here are the parts I used:

  • 555 timer
  • 100uF capacitor
  • 10k ohm resistor
  • 2 10k potentiometers
  • TIP120 transistor
  • LM7805 voltage regulator
  • Solenoid



This summer Pam Liou and I created “Rubbernecker” an interactive piece that inserts you as a spectator into various historical contexts. It’s currently on display in Manhattan outside the Tisch building, on the corner of Broadway and Waverly. You can also see an online version at rubbernecker.tv (it works best in Chrome but should run in Firefox as well).

Thank you to Audun Mathias Øygard for creating the CLMtracker library that Rubbernecker uses to find, track and deform faces, and thanks also to Brian Clifton and Devin Curry for all their help.

Here are some screenshots:

Rubbernecker shot 1

Rubbernecker shot 2

Rubbernecker shot 3