Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Presenting StreetBeat in TLV

Yesterday we presented our prototype on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv. A lot of people came to be part of the experience and we were very excited to see our project come to life!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Filming our concept video

On Saturday, we went to Rothschild Boulevard in order to film our concept video. It was quite interesting... So many people were interested in our prototype -- we just couldn't film the video!

Here are some shots we took:

Curious people

Filming the first scene:

More curious people:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

It's alive!

StreetBeat has come to life!
We are very excited and proud to finally present StreetBeat:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

StreetBeat is Coming

On the 14th of May, Omri went to the FabLabIL (www.fablabil.org) to start production of the actual map.

Taking the design to the laser etching machine:

It's working!

Making sure the sizes are good (AND THEY ARE):

Neighborhood cutouts:

Almost ready!!

And adding some hinges:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Designing a Map

In order to actually create our map, we had to first make a design that can be read by a laser etching machine.
To do this, we first created a web-page that holds a Google Map (V3) object and styled that map to be completely grayscale and to contain only layers of data that we find relevant (roads and parks).

This map was used to create our base image which was automatically traced in Illustrator to create map base. On this we separated the different neighborhoods (definition of neighborhoods taken from the very nice Tel-Aviv municipality map).

Turned into:

To these we added the relevant markings of the android devices, the peeking windows, the switches, the audio jacks and several street names.

And finally:

Saturday, May 11, 2013

What's behind the window?

The user will be able to view extra pieces of information when using the 'peep-hole' in each neighbourhood on the StreetBeat map. 
Behind each peep-hole, there will be a smartphone. Since the peep-holes are shaped as circles, only a part of the screen will be visible and the user will be able to learn more about the neighbourhood that he's listening to. 

Here are a few photos of these screens:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mentor Presentation

Following today's presentation, given at the IDC to the mentors, we have received the following critique (Integrated for our convenience):

  • The issue of the switch should be better explained (Oren and Guy later agreed that this will come when our demo is better defined)
  • The main psychological concept should be cultural differences alongside the bridging of them
  • We should consider allowing users to manually upload content (such as pictures)
  • The map should have more added value compared with the app (we should consider time based statistics and/or map-app interaction)
  • The presentation should give more emphasis on the issue of popularity
  • There should be more music in the presentation