Denton's Darcy Neal Has Gadgets and Gizmos Aplenty

I don't get to tour the entirety of Darcy Neal's house, but there are no working televisions in the space. She leads me through the back door of the house she shares with her roommates on Bernard Street, one block east of UNT, and into a small living room area. Here, along with other temporarily dead electronics, there is a television, but it resembles the T-100 in the second-to-last scene of the 1984 classic, Terminator. Its black casing is stripped all along the body, waiting to be transformed into a more artistic electronic medium.

"Everything that's in here is art projects that are going on," she says. "My roommate is circuit-bending this TV right here. He's a new media student, so he does a lot of weird, electronic stuff as well."

She leads me down a narrow, long hallway made heavier by her paintings, and into her room. Her work table and the adjacent shelves are a graveyard for the guts of small, old electronic, more specifically, microcontrollers. She's not completely fluent in the language, but has been studying it, so she designs the hardware and and a programmer takes care of the coding aspects. She points out items with names like PBASIC, Propeller, Arduino; prototyping boards with built-in potentiometers.

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