A tree, a webcam, check out how our Christmas becomes interactive:
Per il video in italiano: vimeo.com/55771706
We decided to take a nice xmas tree, put up colored lights (and this is quite normal), put under the tree a track with two toy cars (and this sounds already a little geeky), and attach all to a Flyport unit, connecting it the network and, last but not least allow you to control everything remotely while you see them from the web!
The hardware interface has been developed with a Flyport microcontroller (Similar to the Arduino, is programmed in C) connected to a set of relays, the device "pings" every second a url on our server that acts as a gateway and handles "multiples" users at time.
A webcam is updated every seconds, allowing users to "see" the tree in realtime.
Happy Holidays (and have fun)
from Studio Hangloose