This project comes from week three of Experience Prototyping during the fall of 2012 at Umeå Institute of Design. This prototype (one of two) was completed under the direction of two incredibly talented mad scientists
Adam Meyer and David Sjunnesson from the office of Tellart.
For this project, partners Siri Johansson, Marlene Kettner and I experimented using an application program interface (API). As a group we were interested in the nostalgia of things brought home from traveling. We we also interested in time travel and old ham radios. In the end we found this globe on Blocket which became the center of our prototype.
Strategically placed RFID tags inside the globe are tracked by an Arduino. Depending on how the globe is positioned, the Arduino uses serial communication to initiate the pull of live Twitter tending feeds from the internet. This is accomplished via a Processing sketch. After the Twitter tags are downloaded (as JSON) they are parced apart and passed back to Arduino and displayed on a small 20 character backlit screen.
The first two screens we hooked up didn't work so late Thursday night Siri, and Marlene had to assemble a new one. It was amazing to have the opportunity to work with Adam and David.