Microcontrollers are micro computers which are embedded within a variety of everyday objects such as mobiles, TV remotes and computers. What these tiny computers do is control information such as the iMac's timing controller. What it does is controls the graphics so the LED's are on, in the right places and showing the right colours. All this enhances the persons experiences since technology is improving and objects are doing more and still becoming quicker. Furthermore, Apple has also embedded a microcontroller within their iPhone chips which controls motions such as the accelerometer data. This microcontroller then relays this data to correct place within the phone, saving battery life and enhancing the users experience so the main chip can do more complex data.
In, the last workshop we experimented with 'Little Bits' and 'Arduino'. The first one i used was 'Little Bits' this allows users to create objects by using different components such as batteries and a variety of other segments to create something. i used batteries and a sound component to create a buzzer sound effect.
The second was the Arduino kit which was drasitcly different and more complex to fathom because it is more technological in the sense that every component had to be in the correct order and connected correctly. At first my object failed to work since when i was constructing it, I miss placed a wire which was not in the right order causing nothing to happen however this was easily resolved by rearranging wires. I didn't use Arduino for long but recognise that it was open-sourced meaning everyone can create how they see fit and this can be used for creating numerous electronic concepts.
Overall, I've felt that I have acquired a vast amount of knowledge about the technological world that some take for granted. These three weeks with Clive have made be more aware of the advancing technology and where we are heading in the future.