Our goal this summer is to create a project that can be used to entertain kids that have little access to forms of entertainment. This project is mainly targeted towards children in hospitals to get their minds off of their lives in the hospital. The idea of the project is to create a puzzle that tells a story as the pieces are being put together. It will tell a story through animation on the screen and it will also animate the story using speakers. The story will also use subtitles so that children that are deaf can also understand the story being told. We will use the laser cutter to cut out the individual pieces of the puzzle.
July 7, 2016
Today we did rapid prototyping and completed the imagining worksheet. At the moment we have many different concepts of the puzzle and we are not positive on which idea we are going to use. One of our concepts is to form a circuit so that the story will only be told when the circuit is completed and every piece is connected. To do this we would have to put copper tape on the bottom each piece. Another concept was to use the makey makey so that when a puzzle piece landed on a certain space it would tell a part of the story. Our group is also deciding on whether or no we will use the raspberry pi ardunio for scratch. We created a prototype that had a frame to keep the puzzle pieces in and it had a circuit on the base so that the puzzle pieces could be used to complete the circuit.
IMAGINING (TBD) Funny bunnies
Group Members: KB(Original Bunny), Cypress(Baby Bunny), Betty(Elder Bunny).
What is the problem you are trying to solve or what issue are you addressing?
-A form of entertainment for kids in hospitals
-Boredom, for kids in hospitals
What will you build?
-Puzzle that tells a story with a screen once the puzzle is completed
Who will use it?
-Children in need of entertainment
What are the most important thing it will do?
-Animates story (visual)
-Narrate story (audio)
Most important parts or features
-Screen -> Scratch
-Various buttons & switches
WHAT ARE THE THREE TECHNOLOGIES YOU IMAGINE NEEDING & how will you use each?
watch example video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7UR70ojHmQ
July 8, 2016
What will the power source be?
How will the pieces be designed?
- Traditional puzzle piece shape
What story are we gonna choose?
- Short children stories
Proof of concept design
We are going to create a circuit using copper tape and make a small puzzle piece that completes a circuit which then connects to scratch and will animate a story.
July 11, 2016
Today we are trying to solve two problems. One, what will the story be? Two, what will the the puzzle look like? Cypress is researching different types of puzzles with a similar concept as ours. The rest of us were searching up different nursery rhymes, while KB also tried to do a design for the puzzle on libre.
After lunch we will create a materials list and sketch out our final product.
Here is a video of our proof of concept. Thus telling the story Cypress made on scratch:
July 12, 2016
Today we had our project design review where we presented our project in front of a panel of judges. The judges enjoyed our prototype and the gave a lot of feedback on what we can add to make it better. One of the ideas was to use a program called flash to animate our story. Flash has more complex animations so it will me way more detailed than the animation made from scratch. Another piece a feedback was from, our college mentor, Naeem who told use a certain piece of code in our animation that would make it so that certain puzzle pieces could trigger certain parts of the story. One judge added the he would like to see a puzzle that had animals with mix and matched body parts for a comedic effect. And lastly we were told that each piece should represent a character in the story and that when a piece is placed in the puzzle it would show the backstory of the character. The story would then be told when the full puzzle is completed. We have to make sure that the puzzle is aesthetically pleasing to the audience. Later that day we designed a bigger puzzle that had an etch of Green eggs and ham on it.
Video of our our kick starter:
July 13, 2016
We used the laser cutter to cut the puzzle design that we made earlier. We also have to make a base for the puzzle to go on and rest in. We also added some more touches to the story.
•2 feet of wood and acrylic (1/4 wood 1/8 acrylic)
•A screen (for animation)
July 14, 2016
Today we are practicing by making bigger puzzles with more pieces.
July 18, 2016
Today we are testing out the copper tape on the bigger puzzle piece.
July 19, 2016
Our mentor Naeem Wilson has given us tasks for today which include:
-2 puzzles that has no more than 6 pieces.
-Test out different circuits. With one puzzle, try to make the different switches idea we all had instead of the one circuit idea.
– someone (anyone) to attempt to make that scratch code.
In this research, find out three things: