With time short and the deadline that is the science fair breathing down our necks, we went to tackle the build. Small note, Jana will include a separate post on the creation of the replica, as that is too interesting to not give it its own post.
We used the different 3D prints and the replica, as well as a reference image on the computer to get a good feeling for the size our rig will need to have. The speakers can be seen as well, confirming that our audio track works. The rig itself will be a simple box with room for the projector and tablets on top to ensure a nice “stage” for the core of our concept. The box will be large enough to place the speakers inside, as well as all the cable work, the raspberry pi and even a keyboard and mouse should something need to be tweaked tomorrow.
The button was a fairly standard large arcade button. Not highly original, but very easy to mount and use. This is one of the examples of having our work to be distinctly different from what a museum might show. An experienced exhibit designer or curator may have a good idea on what a switch in a museum would need to look or feel like, where they might not have an immediate insight on how to build a replica from a 3D scan and what to do with it from a technical perspective. The same philosophy goes into the rather simple box, making the design portable (just needs a single power socket if we add a small extension cord!) and the stands for the tablets, showing both an opaque and a translucent material, and their effects on the projection.
Comment – Electronics, software and video all come together in this test rig.
This sums up all interesting things we can cover in this blogpost as most of it was software and video-editing and unless you are a video-editing or “python programming for beginners” enthusiast, these blogs might get very boring if we cover everything in detail. Come out to IO tomorrow (nov 1st) and check out our work!
– Samir den Haan