Netscapes: Insight – IVT Testing

Today we did our final build and first live test in the Immersive Vision Theatre (IVT). We started by fitting the Raspberry Pi and touchscreen inside the plinth, then transporting the equipment to the dome ready for our presentation.

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Fitting Pi3 + Touchscreen

Chris added wooden beams to support the weight of the Pi, as it will be under a lot of pressure when the touchscreen is in use. This should prevent the touchscreen moving away from the pinth.

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Setting up in the IVT – Modifying Code

Whilst in the IVT, Gintare updated her code to work better within the shape of the screen. She moved some of the key elements of the visuals so they were more centered within the dome, bringing them to the viewer’s attention.

 

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Setting up the visualization

We transported the physical part of our project to the IVT and decided where to set it up. We then tested the project within the space to understand how it will look and feel to the viewers and how the colours will display in the dome.

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Glass head with touchscreen interface

We took this as an opportunity to double-check our database connections were working. During this time we ran into issues with page refreshing (which I quickly resolved) and with internet connection, which we resolved by using a mobile access point.

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Glass head interface in front of the projection.

We even invited Luke to test out our user interface, and have a go at inputting his own data into the visualization!

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Luke testing out the user interface!

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Head test with visualization within the dome.

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Netscapes: Further Idea Development

After our session today on MongoDB databases and Node.JS, we took some time to further develop our idea and plan our next steps.

How the Visualisation will work:

  • Butterflies instead of Jellyfish – More original, not making a “copy”
    Wing & body colour determined by 5 different personality Traits
  • Total of 10 butterflies at a time maximum
  • Possibility for animation in background – such as clouds passing by.
  • Visualisation accessible on website and mobile app.
  • Real-time projection into Immersive Visual Theatre.

How the Data will be stored and Processed:

  • Names can be stored with butterflies and displayed in visualisation
  • Data will be stored with a Primary Key – easier to handle calls
  • 10 butterflies max –¬†data is updated so it “loops” and replaces previous data as new data is added – keeps database small and lightweight

How we are going to build the app:

  • Create basic interface on phone gap – Needs to be short to keep interest (i.e. 3 to 5 questions)
  • Questions will be personality based and Inspired by the CANOE model.
  • Interface will contain sliders instead of radio buttons .etc – this allows for more variety of input (such as the body of the butterfly¬† being more yellow for extrovert and more purple for introvert)
  • Phone gap app on GitHub – easy collaboration & Version control

How we are going to distribute the app:

  • Cards, flyers or posters with QR code – These should have details about the display also and should follow the design/identity of the rest of the project.
  • QR links to a webpage with download links for different mobile OS’s – Must look professional and legitimate.