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Ammy Olofsson's Glass-Sculpture Arduino 'Boards'

Gareth Halfacree

Ammy Oloffson's glass Arduino build

It's easy to get jaded by the sheer number of 'me-too' Arduino variant designs out there, but once in a while something comes along that is entirely novel - like these Arduino Uno compatible 'boards' built from glass by Ammy Olofsson.

While it's not unusual to see glass fibre being used as the basis for a circuit board, Ammy's creations - created as part of her Masters Degree graduate project, "Growing Computers, Connecting Bodies, Cutting the Cord," for the Kinstfack College of Arts, Crafts, and Design - are something else entirely. The 'board' is a three-dimensional structure built from glass, teased into interesting shapes while molten, while the connecting wires a thick copper running throughout.

"There is no breadboard, the connected sculptures with copper wires inside and electrical components soldered to them makes the circuit," explains Ammy of her creations in the project's write-up. "I have programmed them for interaction, for connecting to bodies, uploading information to them, to blur and explore the relation human-computer-body-machine or cyborg as something floating."

For those who fancy making their own, unique, glass Arduinos, Ammy has published full instructions for the process, but be warned: if you're not used to working with molten glass, you may find the process a little trickier than she did!

I made 3 glass computers based on the specifications of Arduino Uno. The breadboard is the glass sculptures with copper wire inside and connected to each other they form the circuit.

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