#Funny Bunnies

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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.

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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

-Puzzle-> Makey-Makey

-Various buttons & switches

WHAT ARE THE THREE TECHNOLOGIES YOU IMAGINE NEEDING & how will you use each?

-Laser cutter

-Scratch

-Makey-Makey

-Raspberry Pi

watch example video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7UR70ojHmQ

https://www.phoenix-society.org/resources/entry/helping-children-understand-hospitalization

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.

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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.

 

Materials list for : #FunnyBunnies
 

•2 feet of wood and acrylic (1/4 wood 1/8 acrylic)

•A screen (for animation)

•Makey-makey with wires
 
 
•Raspberry pi 
 
 
•Conductive paint
 
 
•Copper tape (thin and thick)
 
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July 14, 2016

Today we are practicing by making bigger puzzles with more pieces.

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July 18, 2016

Today we are testing out the copper tape on the bigger puzzle piece.

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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.

-Every time one of the keys is activated, the variable goes up and vice versa when a key is released. It is that way that you can have multiple switches/circuits not the same puzzle.
 
-You all can use the conductive paints but I need you to actually draw out the circuits before you do anything.

 

In this research, find out three things:

– videos on how to setup a Makey Makey and scratch to a raspberry pi
-Makey Makey projects that are similar in that complex/ different circuits are made
– can we use alternatives to conductive paint? So we can use other things besides the paint itself. 
 
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We experimented with the copper tape and found that we prefer putting it on the side of the puzzles and using 1/4 acrylic.
 
July 20, 2016
 
Today we attempted to make short stories on scratch and used one of our small puzzles with a circuit that works to make sure the scratch program would be able to work correctly with the Makey Makey.
 
 
July 21, 2016
 
 Betty was teaching, Cypress and KB were learning a scratch lesson.
 
July 25, 2016
 
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July 26, 2016
 
Today we started to work on another type of circuit that would make it so that each puzzle piece triggered an action in the story. We soldered wires to the copper tape so that we would have one ground.
 
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July 27-28, 2016
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August 1, 2016
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August 2, 2016
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Button ideas

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Our mentor naeem gave us an idea about how to set up our circuit

August 3, 2016
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August 4, 2016
 
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Idea sketch

August 8, 2016