Introducing the state-of-the-art in freestanding, prognosticatory devices. With version 2.0 of Oracle a in Box, the future is literally at your fingertips. The Oracle utilizes the latest in electro-biometric sensory to deduce (actually induce) your probable outlook with a light touch of the fingers on the advanced, ergonomic control interface. Within just a few seconds, the Oracle will respond with its prophecy in the form of a custom tailored sound and light pattern. Will your fortune be dark and foreboding? Or will it be bright and cheery? Only your touch will tell.
Oracle in a Box uses all the latest technologies and manufacturing techniques to achieve this marvel of prescience. Originally conceived as graduate project in 2004 with industrial designer Jayoung Sung, MFA (Ohio State, 2005), the Oracle pioneered the product segment of futurism hardware. Fast-forward to 2013; version 2.0 is reborn from the ground up brand new autonomy circuitry. It utilizes the Arduino open-source platform based on the Atmel micro controller. Both the Arduino UNO and MEGA act in concert to peek into the future. In the present, the Oracle addresses the needs of energy consumption and efficiency as well. The Oracle's awareness and feedback mechanisms are made up of low power components, low voltage LED illumination, and the MOZZI sound synthesis library openly distributed by Tim Barrass.
The form-factor of the Oracle in a Box v2.0 is all-new and cutting edge. Developed with the tenets human-centered design, Notre Dame industrial designer Mike Elwell evolved a SketchUp concept into an object perfect for any decor using 3D software SolidWorks to prefabricate the form and a computer-controlled CNC router to fabricate the entire precision assembly out of acrylic, MDF and particle board. Notre Dame master craftsman George Tisten offered his expert advice concerning implementation of the critical feedback surface. While beautiful on the outside, the interior houses and hides the wizardry including a 12" woofer, 2 cubic feet sound chamber, amplifier, power supply, and the mysterious circuitry made possible by the input and electronics integration advice from Andy Murnieks, University of Cincinnati senior studying Information Technology Science. Why wait until tomorrow? Upgrade today.
This work and related research is made possible in part by support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.