Picture Perfect Story

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Picture Perfect Story

The Problem
The walls in the hospitals are really boring. They have the same painting for years and are only one color. Kids have nothing to look at in their rooms. Walls are boring. most people put art in their homes and offices in order to liven the space. for example, in children’s hospitals, the waiting lobbies lack life and turn out to be very boring. Children in these areas are often looking for entertainment and end up disappointed.

Our Solution
Have a storyline on the wall in a big single frame or in multiple frames. The pictures in the frames would move to tell a story such as the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. There could be a switch to start the story or have motion sensors in the pictures so that as you walk along the wall, the pictures move along with you, telling the story. You could also interact with the pictures by coming close and blowing on it so that the LEDs would light up. Once the story ends, curtains would go down, and behind the curtains the story could either restart or switch to a different story to have a variety.

Technology & Modules Utilized

  • Digital Fabrication – Needed to cut up the gears for the servo motors as well as the frame for pictures.
  • Graphic Design – Needed to design the backgrounds and pictures of the story
  • Scratch Programming – Needed to program with the Raspberry Pi to move the servo motors and use speakers

Concepts & Design
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These pictures are showing the design of our project. The story in these pictures is the Three Little Pigs. The pictures are showing how the wolf would move close to the house and “blow” the house down. 

Materials Needed

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Acrylic
  • Wood
  • Sensors (still thinking of which ones)
  • Buttons

The Audience / Consumer

The audience that we are targeting is kids, we are leaning towards more of those kids in hospitals.

Update Log / Journal

  • 07/08/2014
    We did rapid prototyping, as in we got our minds thinking by making a mini prototype of a prototype to get our minds thinking about how we would want our project to be. For the rapid prototyping, we used a styrofoam plate, long sticks, drawing of a house and a wolf and clay. The styrofoam plate representing the picture frame of our project, the long sticks showed how the house and the wolf would move when the gears and the servo motor moved (the clay represented that). Once we finished the rapid prototyping and got approval from the project reviewers, we had approval to start our second prototype, this time with materials of our choice. For the second prototype we would have to make our picture frame and showing how a wolf or a pig would move across the picture frame. We would also have to use a button and a servo motor for this prototype.
  • 07/09/2014 — 
    Today we began to do our second prototype. For this prototype, we had tasks assigned to people in the group. Thu worked on the background, 
    Simon worked on the wolf, Jamison worked on cutting out the gears and the frame, and Naeem worked on the programming for the prototype. This prototype is showing how our wolf would move across the picture frame.

  • 07/10/2014 
    Today we had a group design review. We also discussed how big we want our final project to be. We decided to add another layer in the frame and what the frame would be made out of, which would be wood to give it a more classy look instead of acrylic. We also decided which scenes we would want to use. This layer will be pushing the background more forward and closer to the wolf, this will also be covering up the gears and all the wires. Behind this layer we decided to put the wires, Raspberry Pi, etc. We also discussed the materials that we would need for this project which would be, a Raspberry Pi, wood and a wind sensor. Thu and Naeem went out to get the book, Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the three bears.
  • 07/14/2014 — 
    Today we Made the prototype out of cardboard and built to actual size. We also switched to hobby motors so the gears could go further forwards and backwards which is how we want them to function. Our group members sketched multiple scenes of the background for the multiple frames we plan on producing(3). We didn’t have enough time but we started and made it halfway through making the cases for the motors to be held in.  
  • 07/15/2014 — 
    Today we finished designing the pigs, the wolf (wood), the clouds (acrylic) and birds (wood). Out of these, we had the wolf and the birds cut out in the laser cutter. We also finished cutting out the motor box out of acrylic. We finished drawing and coloring the background for the final project and made a new prototype frame but bigger this time.
    photo 1 Prototype: Motor box
                      photo 2 Prototype Background [Colored Pencil]
    photo Final Pop-up birds
    photo 2-2 Prototype Wolf
  • 07/16/2014
    Majority of the day we had circle ups with both L2TT2L and the System of the Body. We also wrote a poem, rap, or song that represents the way we feel about science, technology, engineering, math and art. Afterwards, we worked together to make up the master list of what we had to do. We spent most of the time redesigning our project, discussing the pros and cons of making the frame larger. We decided to make the frame larger, thus changing the size of everything. Also, we discussed different possible interactions in the 3 frames, the set goal, which include using the wind sensor, LEDs, and metal sheet with magnets to move objects such as birds and clouds. In the end we decide to set the frame to be 12in by 20in and started the progress of resizing everything. We were only able to cut the clouds out.
    photo-2 Clouds
  • 07/17/2014 — 
    Today we resized everything making it bigger. Naeem designed a new motor box as well as the gears. Simon and Thu worked on a new background but instead of using color pencils, they used soft pastels to color it. They made a rough draft and a final. We decided to not include the tree and bushes in the final background. Simon had cut out the new wolf-gear and the bushes. Jamison cut out the new motor box and tree. Thu painted the tree with Acrylic paint. We decided to incorporate a “pop-up” feature into our project, thus the tree, birds, and clouds.
                photo 1-2 Rough draft [Pastel testing]

                                      photo 1 Naeem putting together the wolf-gear and motor box
                                 photo 2 Simon and Thu working on the final background
    photo 3-2 Final background
               photo 3 Final Motor box + Wolf-gear
    treeee Final painted tree
  • 07/21/2014 — 
    Today we cut out the house and had that painted (Jamison), we also had the wolf and pig drawn and colored (Simon). We outlined on wood where we would cut the pieces of the frame and then cut it out with the table saw (Naeem and Thu). We also found the button we are going to use (Jamison).


  • 07/22/2014 —
    Today we were able to nail to wood/ pieces of the frame and it was done by Jamison, Naeem, and Thu. Thu had taped to Brad about the shopbot and learned the basics of it. Simon colored the birds and had put the drawings (pig and wolf) onto the acrylic with rubber cement. We all foam taped the birds, clouds, trees, and bushes onto the background. Simon also glued the motor box together with weld-on. Jamison, Simon and Thu used wood stain for the frame. 
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    Jamison, Naeem, and Thu nailing the frame together
    IMG_2822 This is what we plan on how we want the final project to look like.
    photo The frame after we used wood stain on it
  • 07/29/2014 —
    Today Jamison and Simon had glued the top of the frame together with wood glue and supported it with glue from the hot glue gun. They also use wood stain on it. Thu and Naeem worked on programming the wind sensor and they got it to work.
    photo(1) The complete frame
    photo 2 The wind sensor
    photo 1 The wind sensor


  • 08/07/2014 —
    Today Jamison and Simon hot glued pieces of the wood inside the frame so that the second layer that pushes the background/picture forward. Naeem worked on figuring out how to program and code the tri-color LEDs and Thu worked on figuring out how to program/code the servo motor for the gear and the wind sensor with a RedBoard.
    photo 3(7) photo 2(11) The frame with the second layered pushed up
    photo 1(8) The wind sensor and servo motor
     photo-2 The LED light
  • 08/13/2014 —
    Today Jamison was able to get the sweeper trigger to work, once the wolf reaches the house, it will trigger the audio.
  • 08/14/2014 —
    Today the group recorded the story and Simon edited the recording using audacity.

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