A Watched Pot, 2020.
A watched pot never boils. This project makes this adage painfully literal. Facial recognition through a camera and OpenCV ensures that viewers are never able to actually observe the pot boiling. No matter how long they wait, it’s only the second they leave that the pot will start to bubble. The boiling itself is simulated with small aquarium pumps and water misters through an arduino and relay switch. But, how does it look? Viewers will never know.
B.A. Cognitive Science, 2020
| UC Berkeley
Bonney Ruan is a first-generation college student, in the Cognitive Science class of 2020. She grew up and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she enjoys taking walks with her dog Bobi as well as playing tabletop and video games. A lot of her inspiration comes from whimsical projects that she stumbles upon such as The Office slack channel and the world’s smallest park in Portland, Oregon. She hopes that her projects can bring a moment of that same whimsy to someone else’s day.