Conceptual Information Arts (CIA)
Links: Physical Computing, Electronics, Motion Detection, Alternative Interfaces, GPS

Stephen Wilson, Professor, Art, Conceptual/Information Arts Program, San Francisco State University
Information about the Conceptual/Information Arts program    Wilson web page

Guide to Artists

Theory, Reading


Physical Computing Courses

Tom Igoe (NYU)

Do It Yourself Culture DIY, Hacking, Open Source, Open Culture

Interface Box Resources - Arduino  

(Arduino is an opensource hardware/software system for creating self contained microcontoller events and sensor/control interfaces for computers)

Wilson guide to arduino serial interface programs  and demonstration of Director software

Programming environments that allow use of sensor and control Electronics


Electronics Tutorials & Resources

how to solder (aaron cake)
soldering guide (electronics club) -

Electronics Project Information

Electronics Books

 Electronics and Robotics Supply Sources

Mainline Sources

Surplus and Hobbyist Sources
Bay Area Stores

Chip Specifications  Interesting Sensors/Devices - Technical Information

Sensor Information

Sensor Wiki -
NYU Reports on sensors -


Other Interface Boxes for sensors,actuators

EZIO Board Information  (EZIO was developed by artist  Michael Rodemer (U. Michigan) and used by many artists for installations) Making Things

Interface boxes of defunct companies - some out of business - no longer supported

TrackThemColors xtra  

(Track them Colors is an add-on to Director that allows video tracking and motion detection)


Artists, Theory How to Information, Software, Hardware Reserch, Tutorials

Topics in Electronics

What is electricity, voltage, amperage, resistance, watts, power, ohm's law?
What is alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC)?
How does one work safely with electricity?
How do batteries , transformers, rectifiers, voltage regulators work?
How do power supplies work?

What are analog electronics?  How do tubes work?
How do transistors work?  What are emitters, collectors, bases, gain, bias?
What is the difference between a NPN and PNP transistors?

How do switches work?  What kinds are available?
How do relays work?  What so relay ratings mean?
What is an optoisolator?  How does it work?
What is a triac?

How do digital electronics work?
What is a truth table?
How does an AND, OR, NAND, and NOR gate work?
What is the difference between TTL and CMOS chips?
How does a multiplexer work?
What kind of other digital chips are available?

How does one work with breadboards?  How does one solder?
What is a multitester?

How do motors work?  What kinds of lights are available?
What is an LED?

How does one interface with a computer?
What special considerations must one be aware of?
  rev 1/20/07