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After a couple of weeks of hard work, we finished a project course called “Smart Environments”. Our groups project was called Ambion. One can find more info on: http://ambion.bob-loos.com/?page_id=31 we think our project was a succes. We also presented our product in 10 minutes to other students and some other interested people. This was done by Julia and me. Our stand was built up like a room, so we could walk through an imaginary door to demonstrate how the system turns on when entering the room. Once you have entered it, it will determine one of 7 moods: party, romantic, sleepy, wake-up, casual, casual sunny and casual rainy. It does this by checking with how many people you are in the room, the weather outside, the day and the time. What I did for this project was mainly programming. I programmed an arduino so that it could control 2 lamps by mimicking a remote control. Also as the groups’ “artist” I made some visual impressions of the working of the system. Another technical part I made was the user override. The team is very happy with the accomplished prototype especially concidering the amout of time we had for it,  and so were the instructors. They gave us a 9 for this course.

Artist impression

Artist impression

The arduino that acts as remote control

The arduino that acts as remote control

The E.T. (exhibition team) worked very hard last weeks to organize the first years’ exhibition. It was last thursday at the smartXp. The main focus was on the interactive videos that the first year students made. In these videos the watcher can influence the story by making certain choices. The video of our group can be found http://gotmilkthemovie.tk/ . The exhibition started with some speeches and after that every group had one minute to try to convince the audience to go watch their movie. Every person in the audience had been given a little yellow star wich was their vote and they could leave it at the movie they liked most. Although we didn’t win, people showed a lot of interest in our movie. I even think some people might have regretted their vote to another team once they saw our movie…

Another cool thing, two people from UTnews spotted us while filming, and they wrote about us and the exhibition:
http://www.utnieuws.nl/achtergrond/studenten-maken-interactieve-film

For the CreaTe course ”visual communication” we had to bring a photo. Without introducing the photo, the whole group would discuss it. I took my photo some time last year when I was in Antwerp with my parents for a day.  This was the photo I picked:

This first post is dedicated to the first assignment for the course web technology. I picked the following website: http://www.simplynoise.com/

The website Simplynoise.com says it has multiple purposes. It is a generator of audionoise. Some of the uses of this noise are: help people fall asleep, increase peoples ability to focus, smoothe migraines and block out annoying sounds. Another thing I came across is to use the noise to burn-in new headphones.

Strong points:
Extremely easy to use.
Clean and good looking design.
A name that you don’t easily forget.
The site looks like it is usable on a variety of screen sizes
The site seems very open to user-feedback and improvement.

Weak points:
Not all uses are scientifically proven.
Only the upper part of the site looks good an simple, the lower part is more messy.
Only the web-based generator is free.
There are too many advertisements.
The news feature is useless, because they don’t have a lot of news to report.