The National Sealife Centre wanted to try something a bit different and meet a tight budget with touch screen interpretation which was cheap and very quick to update, easy to replace and looked different.
I came up with some laser cut sea life and a budget touchscreen, the laser cut model would be covered in a vinyl print for extra effect.
The touch screens are managed by a central linux based system which can be centrally managed online quickly and easily with little IT knowledge making a somewhat budget yet effective soltion.
I was asked if it was feasible to automatically size aquatic animals using stereo vision. After doing some feasibility work, it quickly became a homework project out of hours. Stereo sizing has been done usually using disparity maps and blobs, this is a slightly different approach and its very exciting, with some amazing work taking place between me and a colleague in Canada – thanks for your help Doug!
I finally see the fruits of my labor in a really nice enclosure for a top client of mine the Tropical Marine Centre. They wanted to stand out from the crowd with there 6 figure (£) exhibition stand at InterZoo, Germany.
They went really high tech and implemented 3 I.T. projects being:
- An iPad application for showing off brochure information on there state of the art lighting range
- An Arduino based ultrasonic sensor to detect distance at equate this graphically to the user to show light intensity of their top product
- A “Technology Center”, an interactive iPhone application that reads their product barcodes and shows full product information, whilst creating a twitter like feed on their home page showing user activity and what people were looking at
Today saw the launch of the Futures Band iPhone and iPad app developed by myself with the creative input of the band.
The app itself features a number of marketing tools such as
- the bands blog, which allows the fan base to keep in touch
- a map for gig/venue dates (allowing fans to quickly find a venue near them) and online booking tool
- an interface into iTunes so fans can quickly and easily purchase and download the bands albums
- a QR code scanner that allows the band to put exclusive content on their CD covers and promotional material
- a mini app for users to take pictures at gigs and upload them directly on the bands website gallery
On top of that the app also allows for push messages to be sent to all the fans, a cheap and easy way for them to keep in touch with new albums, blog updates and band news.
This project was continuation of the splash screen already developed. This phase saw a full stock control system and e-Commerce system implemented using the open source project OpenCart.
Customised pages were created so that OpenCart admin function could be easily used in a scenario where bulk updates could be made.
Stock control aspects were also created as so inventories could easily take place in the warehouse with an iPad and specially formatted web pages.
This e-commerce app interfaces into Actinic, the online shop’s ecommerce system via a set of customised XML pages that feed the iPhone application with products and categories as well as a search feature.
The app also takes advantage of the brand new PayPal iOS library for seamless payments through paypal.