So leading on from the essay I wrote I have been researching into what makes robots approachable and what makes somebody want to actively interact with a robot successfully!
Having a looked around for a few projects similar to the ones I am planning, I found this :
The above robot relies on being cute for people to interact with it, so after digging a little deeper into what people find cute and why we find specific things cute, I found the video below which I think sums it up pretty well!
Having blogged about my website as it developed I forgot to blog about the semantic app concept I came up with!
Here is a mockup of the app:
The idea uses multiple social networks and social media platforms to aggregate the locations of your friends using a mixture of geolocation and other location technologies.
The application would use platforms such as Facebook, twitter and Instagram to gain the locations of your friends!
The reason this is not possible now is that it is currently not possible to aggregate the data needed using semantic coding, this is due to the individual platforms not being coded in a way that conforms to the new semantic web coding conventions.
My website is now live!
willpanchaud.com (Best viewed in latest version of Chrome)
since uploading I have however noticed a few issues still occurring in any other browsers other than google Chrome. Generally I have had good feedback about the design and navigation of the site though which is good!
Today I created a contact page/form for my website, when filled in this form then sends me an email with all the details entered, this will be a good way for people to contact me directly from my site without me giving away my email address for spam purposes.
I have also created an about me page with a few personal details about me!
To do still :
Link CV pdf
FTP Website to hosting
Test Website/iron out problems.
I have managed to sort out some of the issues I was having with the zooming since my last post however am still having problems in any other browser apart from Chrome… Not just with the zooming but also with the rotation and placement of my project ‘icons’.
I have designed the project pages now that will pop up when the project icons are clicked on, I am hoping to use jquery Lightbox to show the project pages however having started to work on this I may have to resort to opening a new page for the projects, I think the problem is due to the fact I am trying to use Lightbox’s inside an iframe which isnt ideal as I need the iframe to keep the page from zooming/rotating all over the place.
Here is an example of the design of my project pages:
I was set a group task to come up with an innovative business idea that would later be pitched to a panel made up of Lecturers, Business Students and Entrepreneurs, this project is not an assessed part of our course however it is an opportunity to pitch an idea, receive feedback and possibly receive funding for it if we come up with the concept the panel likes the most.
1st Mockup of Application
We started off wanting to included ebay and amazon shopping suggestions but found that currently the API’s for both of these platforms are very seller based and don’t give enough data to be useful.Our idea stemmed from looking at the popularity of flipboard, our original idea was to create a sports events app which collated sports events, with videos, pictures and tickets all in one place, this idea however has now changed. We are aiming to create a suggestion application for a variety of platforms which is account based and can retrieve information from sources such as grooveshark, facebook, netflix etc to narrow/refine the suggestions to suit the user. The app will suggest a variety of media that the user may be interested in such as videos, films, music, tv shows, books and more and then giving in app price comparisons and links to purchase/view the media.
In the 206 lectures this year we have been going considerably further in the production/implementation of our ideas instead of just developing and presenting a concept we are required to implement the idea if possible or create a working mockup/video of the finished concept….
For the first project we created an in-car computer system powered by the Raspberry PI, we built Photoshop mockups of the UI and also made a demo video of how the finished product would work…
In-Car Computer Demo – Rasp PI from Will Panchaud on Vimeo.
For my current project for this module our initial idea is to use an Xbox Kinect integrated into a ‘smart house’ system to use voice commands and hand movements to control your home. We will probably alter this concept though to make it more unique and fit the emerging technologies brief better.