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Project Sheeperd

Promoting exercising with a drone shepherd

Promoting exercising with a drone shepherd

An outdoor multiplayer drone game that promotes physical activitiy.

Role: research, interaction design, project management, video 

Team: Ahmet Burak Aktas, Emre Çaglar, Yavuz Paksoy, Aslihan Tokat, Pinar Simsek

Interactive Prototyping for Industrial Designers Course
Middle East Technical University, Fall 2014

Hence the game is intended to be played outdoors in the dark, the drone is to be controlled by one player, while other players try to stay in the circle projected by the drone above with the help of a high power light source.

 

Drone is the 'shepherd', 
players are her sheep.

The goal of the game is to stay in her light no matter what.
Stepping out of its light means the player is no longer in the flock.

Last Player Standing Gaming

When a player steps outside of the circle, s/he starts losing points. If a player cannot stay in the circle for a total of 15 seconds, s/he loses the game. After all players have been eliminated, the last player standing wins the game.

At the event, we had problems about stacking two projectors vertically, which wasn't possible. Then we decided to go with a single projector, and aligned our template, prompts etc. accordingly. Our most affecting problem was the noise of LED flickering of our lightbox. We overcame it digitally.

At the event, we had problems about stacking two projectors vertically, which wasn't possible. Then we decided to go with a single projector, and aligned our template, prompts etc. accordingly. Our most affecting problem was the noise of LED flickering of our lightbox. We overcame it digitally.

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From Calibration to Play
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Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.

Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.

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Stand outside the light with other players.

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Press the button on the right of your cap in order to start calibration.

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Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.

Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.

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Stand outside the light with other players.

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Press the button on the right of your cap in order to start calibration.

System Schematics
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System I/O Diagram
 

Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.

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Circuitry Diagram of the Headsets Source Code
 

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Logic flowchart of the main headset sw.
 

Component List

QUADCOPTER COMPONENTS
1 x Multiwii Pro Flight Controller
4 x ESC Motor Drivers
4 x Brushless Motors
4 x 10x4.3 or 9x4.5 Propellers
1 x 8-channel TX module DJT-II (V2)
1 x 8-channel receiver D8R-II Plus
1 x Radio TX
1 x 5000 mAh Li-Po Battery
1 x GPS Module
1 x Glass fiber frame
1 x CREE XM-LT6 LED lamp

 

 

HEADSET COMPONENTS (per)
1 x Arduino Pro Mini/Nano
1 x Prototyping board
3 x Photoresistor (LDR) 10 mm
1 x Vibration Motor
1 x L293D Motor Driver IC
1 x Push Button
8 x Red Flux LED
4 x AAA battery
Various resistors (220Ω and 10K)
As tools: soldering station and hot melt gun

Design Process
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Assembled the glass fiber frame and the main components of the quadcopter.
 

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After the assembly, sheeperd is ready for first flight.

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Because of the bad sensor readings; the first crash has become.
 

Because of the bad sensor readings; the first crash has become.
 

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To have a proof-of-concept, a T6 Cree LED headlamp has mounted on.

Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.

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Software logic has been elaborated for a better experience in the final stage.
 

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Mini breadboards are also used for duplicating functional headsets.
 

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After ensuring the first successful flight, ideation started with sketch models.

Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.

s6-5

The realization of the idea is a must with available components on the market.
 

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On the other hand, technical skills such as soldering have been practiced.
 

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Circuits have been embedded to hats for the prototyping purposes.
 

Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.

s6-10

Final version of the software has been uploaded to the four headsets.
 

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Proof-of-concept prototypes of headsets are tested before the video shot.
 

© 2017 Meriç Dağlı 
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© 2017
Meriç Dağlı.

© 2017 Meriç Dağlı.
All rights reserved.