Here are some early tests and prototypes of my first homemade multitouch surface on a small and large scale.
This is a quick prototype of the donation mechanism that will live next to my multi-touch table. This is where participants drop their donations when they engage with the test. The servo is a little jittery at the moment but this prototype is helping me work out some of the final design and engineering issues. I wired a rotary knob and a reset button so I can control the movements during testing. The final version will be controlled by the multi-touch table and a signal will be sent to the donation box to tilt the floor according to the outcome of the game. I'm planning to have all of the pieces laser cut so everything should move as smooth as silk when finished. The donation box will be divided down the middle – if you win, the floor of the donation box will tilt to drop your money into the “matched donations” side of the canister and if you lose, the floor will drop your money into the “unmatched donations” side.
How much personal information are people willing to give up for a slice of free pizza?
During a recent workshop session at Parsons, I had an opportunity to use a Sensable haptic device to "carve" a virtual cube. You use the haptic pen to interact with the virtual cube and it actually feels like you're touching a solid object. We're also using 3d software to model objects which can be printed on our 3D printers. The wrench (below) was created using 3d modeling software and "printed" as a single object – no assembly required. It's pretty easy to see where we're heading as this technology continues to get cheaper. [gallery]
I'm looking forward to working with my fellow Parsons MFADT (Design & Technology) classmates in partnership with the International Red Cross to develop a "non-digital" disaster and flood preparedness solution for the Zambezi River Basin Initiative. We will be focusing our efforts on a region of Namibia that experiences frequent flooding. Our challenge is to develop a lightweight, portable and engaging "game" system that will help the villagers prepare for future floods. The challenge for us will be to fully understand the region, the culture and the people while developing a meaningful gaming experience that can be deployed in a region with limited access to the basic necessities that so many of us take for granted. [gallery link="file"]