Project 50plus – deploying sensors

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Human signboards roaming around Suntec during the event

I deployed some sensors for an exhibition called “50plus” targeted at senior citizens above 50 years old that promoted active aging and was held at Singapore’s Suntec convention centre a few weeks ago. It was sponsored by the government and corporate sponsors who showcased their products and services. My company’s project was a huge interactive installation occupying prominent space at the centre of the hall. Users stand in front of a huge screen with a camera looking down on them and see themselves on a virtual beach. The users are able to interact with virtual objects seen on the screen in some kind of augmented reality scenario. Here is a test setup that gives you an idea of what it looks like:-

A test setup during development phase

A test setup during development phase

Here is a description from the actual site itself:-

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Instruction signboard at the actual site

actual site setup

actual site setup

There are three interactive features.  The picnic basket senses if a user lifts the basket up to trigger an animation of flocking birds. I designed the platform for the basket in SketchUp that was then built with wood. The other two features are triggered by the user stepping on certain hidden sensors underneath the vinyl sticker flooring.

Test setup for the sensors

Test setup for the sensors

In the following picture, you can see the two sets of footprints where the sensors are placed under the vinyl sticker printout of a beach.

Actual setup

Actual setup

merlion and raincloud animation

merlion and raincloud animation triggered by floor mat sensors

flocking birds animation triggered by lifting the basket

flocking birds animation triggered by lifting the basket

It is satisfying to see your sensors working and people having fun with the installation. I was glad to be a part of this cool project.

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