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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Icebreaker T-shirt is a unique tool for connecting people. It is designed for use in conventions, open days, and other large social events. Plymouth University alone has approximately 23,000 students, with many of these students attending open days and freshers fairs. (University of Plymouth, 2018) With the phrase “It’s not what you know but who you know” being more true than ever; it is vital to grow your social circle and create opportunities for both now and the future.
Icebreaker mobile app
The Icebreaker mobile app accompanies the T-shirt, allowing users to input their login details as well as add in their hobbies and interests to match upon. The app is simple, allowing you to input your details and go, so your attention is always in the moment, rather than at your phone.
The interactive T-shirt makes the immaterial concept of shared interests and brings them to life in a visual way. When you meet someone you have similar interests to, your shirt will light up, telling you exactly who you have matched with and what interests you match on. The accompanying app tells you exactly how close the person you matched with is, so you never miss an opportunity to meet someone.
Icebreaker Tshirt designs
The Icebreaker T-shirt allows wearers to expand their social circle and meet new people – Perfect for university freshers fairs and open days.
Don’t want to match with anyone? Only want to match with people of a similar age? Don’t want to share your location? No problem. With the Icebreaker mobile app, you can choose from a range of privacy options.
Future updates include:
Personalisation: Customisation of colours and lighting effects based on preferences in the mobile app.
More Matches: A more extensive list of hobbies and interests to choose from.
Washable: Switching to washable conductive threads & removable LED panels, allowing the T-shirt to be reused