Creating more awareness for scientific research happening in Potsdam, Germany was the aim of the exhibition Forschungsfenster, which my class developed within two years in cooperation with proWissen Potsdam e.V. und the city of Potsdam . As part of the interface design team we realised the interactive parts of the exhibition – using Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, distance sensors, projection-mappings and computer-controlled light panels we augmented the presentation layer and let the users access and control audio-visual content.
With this project our class won the Designpreis Brandenburg 2015 award (2nd place up-and-coming design).
Because the exhibition featured so many interactive stations we also needed to set up a server to manage the whole exhibition – using a web-interface the exhibition staff could then e.g. restart specific stations.
Setting up the touch interface, which was used to play back multimedia content and placed behind glass, was a bit tricky at times. Because of the nature of capacitive touch sensors they were prone to interferences (e.g. with near-by screens). To make our lives easier setting them up I developed a calibration tool, which made it easy to adjust each sensors values remotely over the network. Building helper-tools was one of the big take-offs of this project for me. The other one was «evaluate the most obvious options before you develop your own solution».