About the reason I chose this topic to start prototyping, an important reason is that the functions/interactions of windows/lights/screens have a chance to merge, integrate and evolve to a single powerful device in the home. Again, the example of iPhone, one single concentrated product/platform clear obstacles for more developers and designers to give more births to next generation of killer applications. That's why I always suspicious about multiple different kinds of devices connected at home. Why not just a few kinds, but more powerful and expressive, with difference scales and be able to tessellate to a larger system. So this post is the step 1 of my attempt to combine as many "visual apps" in our home. And of course, the other reason is that according to the hotspot test in the last post, blinds and windows probably have the most painful interaction in my apartment.
This post is more about the documentation of part 1. prototype. Potential interactions and functions will come in the next post.
HD Demo Video of part 1.
Electronics Prototype Process
( Arduino + Relays + Unity + LeapMotion + PDLC film)
( SLA printed parts, Lasercutted Acrylic board, SmartTint Self Adhesive)
( C# + Unity, Arduino IDE, Ardunity Plugin)