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Offline Wiweeyum

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on: December 20, 2008, 10:01:12 AM
I don't know how to program very well. I get the concepts behind it all, but I've never actually driven myself to learn any specific language. Actually I have, but I nevr get far into it. Thinking in syntax is fairly foreign for a newbie like myself. As time goes on though, this really seems to be my bane. Nearly every project I embark on gets halted at some point because I don't know how to write software.

Recently I decided to change that. I learned about Processing over at processing.org and its focus. I do a lot of graphic design and feel fairly comfortable in a visual 2D environment, so with Processings focus on creating art, I figured it would be a way to ease myself into a structured programming language. This project here seemed simple enough that I could hammer on it until I learned the basics of Processing, and also useful and important enough that I will work on it until it's completed.

Like everyone else here on these boards, I want to leverage the technology the wiimote offers for smaller home projects that would have before only been possible with huge or unreasonable production costs.

This is my idea. Create a digital guestbook to be used at weddings. First of all, the question to be asked is "Why?". The short answer would be because if it was used at a wedding, it would score some serious points with the bride. I'm making it for my future wife. :) The answer for everyone other than myself is because it opens up a ton more possibilities for memories. Having something digital is really no good for memories in the long run, but if something digital is printed or created physically, then a lot more options open up.

The concept is that guestbook signatures would be drawn onto a white tabletop with an IR pen using the wiimote whiteboard technology. Each signature could then be printed in a myriad of places after the wedding, such as a little guestbook, or maybe across a picture of the bride and groom but each signature is embossed in gold. Maybe during the video of the wedding, the editor could take all of the signatures and have them write out across a white background by using a log file of the points created during the signature. Either way, once the signatures are stored digitally, the possibilities become nearly endless with what can be done with that information.

Here I have a Powerpoint presentation that is basically a digital representaion of the flowchart I came up with for the software it would use. The only buttons that work are the navigation buttons such as 'Back' or 'Save'. The main idea is there, but there obviously are some flaws to it right now.
http://www.vioflem.com/files/wiimote/Guestbook.ppt
Oh, the file itself will only work correctly in Powerpoint. I used it in OpenOffice, and the buttons didn't work correctly. Same thing happened when I uploaded it to Google Docs.
Start the slideshow at the first slide, and you wont be able to navigate just by going through the slides. Clicking the buttons on screen is what navigates.

What I have there is an opening menu with some different screens to navigate to. The top one is the Guestbook reserved only for signatures. The middle three buttons are reserved for writing a personal note to either the Bride, Groom, or Both at the same time. The entire screen in opened for writing a note in these screens. On the bottom is a button for recording a video message. A lot of the more expensive weddings I've been to have a cameraman hired to walk around and record people saying something to the bride or groom. This would give people the opportunity to do it automatically using a microphone and hi-quality webcam type deal. The files would be saved into a folder.

A very simple setup would be something like this.


Thnaks guys,
-Scott


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Offline Wiweeyum

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Reply #1 on: February 19, 2009, 03:40:32 PM
I posted this a few months ago and realized that even as simple a project as it was, it's too above my head. I tried many things and got some very minor progress made, but nothing worth showing.

I was wondering if there were any programmers out there that would be willing to work with me in an open source format to bring this software into existence. Like I said in the above post, I'd like to use this at my wedding... and my wedding is drawing closer.

If no one replies, then I'll drop it.


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Reply #2 on: February 20, 2009, 10:25:47 AM
Hi!
Very good idea!
Perhaps there ist the simple possiblity to take a graphic program in the fullscreenmode (you only see the white background) and people can sign there!?
I'll look for a software where you can draw something and it will be insertet on a free place in a picture!
greets
lukas



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Reply #3 on: February 20, 2009, 03:20:53 PM
Imb, thanks for the reply!
Yeah, that's possible to use a drawing program, but what I'm looking to do would be to streamline it a bit more. I don't want to require someone with enough technological expertise to stand there making sure it runs smoothly. Knowing my family, that would be me... If push comes to shove though, I think this is what I'll end up using. :/

I want to make it easy enough that my Grandma could use it. :P I've decided after doing a number of tests that I'm going to go with a rear projection table instead of a top projection table. The tracking is infinitely better when it looks directly at the IR dot instead of at an angle.


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Reply #4 on: February 20, 2009, 03:42:34 PM
ok i've posted the idea on chip online, perhaps they'll fins something