Lab: Multimodal Media Madness (M3) - SS 2019

Multimodal Media Madness (M3) is our hands-on lab ("Praktikum") for Bachelor students in Computer Science, although we also invite students with strong skills from other disciplines to apply. Build an interactive system with an unusual user interface in hard- and software that creates an awesome user experience! It's a great gateway into our lab's research and teaching focus on User Interface Design, Human-Computer Interaction, and Personal Fabrication.

2019 Topic: Digital Fabrication Tools

This year, you will design, program and build using different digital fabrication tools created at our chair.
These tools include but are not limited to VisiCut and CutCAD for the work with laser cutters and Sketch & Stitch for smart textiles.
The unique iterative design process of working with digital tools, that you can change, adapt and extend according to the needs of your physical project will be a focus of this lab.

You will learn:
  • How to use the digital fabrication tools in our Fab Lab, from our laser cutter and our VisiCut software, to our various 3D printers, to make your physical enclosures;
  • How to use the free Eagle PCB design software and our PCB mill to design and produce your own electronic circuit boards;
  • How to use the beginner-friendly ATmega-based Arduino microcontroller boards and the Arduino IDE to program interactive behavior in embedded software.

After some quick introductions to these tools, you'll then have most of the semester to iteratively design physical prototypes and adapt our digital tools using your programming skills.


Prof. Jan Borchers, Adrian Wagner

Please contact Adrian Wagner directly with any questions about the class.

When and Where



Join our L2P-Lernraum: TBA

Grading Policies

To take this course for credit, you must complete all assignments, lab exercises, and the final project. The grade of this course will be a combination of the assignments and final project. Note that you must achieve a cumulative score above 4.0 and complete all exercises to pass the course.

You are expected to be aware of, and abide by, the ethics policy for courses taught at our chair.

Assignments/lab exercises will be assigned weekly. They are to be completed in groups of 2 or 3. If you do not complete the lab exercise during the scheduled lab section, you must complete it on your own time and submit it by the due date. Lab exercises and assignments will be graded on the following scale:
  • 1.0 - exceptional work that clearly went above and beyond what was given on the exercise
  • 2.0 - exercise was completed satisfactorily as per the assignment specification
  • 3.0 - exercise was completed, but has some problems
  • 4.0 - incomplete exercise
  • 5.0 - little or no effort was put into the exercise
Late assignments will be graded with a penalty of 0.5 per each beginning 24 hour period after the due date. Exceptions will be granted only for valid (i.e., medical) reasons.

Great M3 Student Projects from Previous Years


Doris (M3 2018) is an Escape Room game in the steampunk theme built in the FabLab. In SS 2018 students built different Escape room games using techniques like laser cutting, 3D printing and different sensors and actuators.


The FabArcade (M3 2013) is a classic games arcade that can be built in any Fab Lab around the world. It runs classic arcade games from the 80's as well as custom-written games our students wrote for it.


The Weatherella (M3 2010) is an umbrella that lights up whenever you should take it with you!


The FriendLocator (M3 2010) is a wristband that helps you find your friends at a concert.

Previous Offerings

Previous Offerings:

SS 2018 - SS 2017 - SS 2016 - SS 2015 - SS 2014 - SS 2013 - SS 2012 - SS 2011 - SS 2010 - WS 2008/2009 - WS 2006/2007 - WS 2005/2006 - WS 2004/2005

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