R&D for an Advanced Wearable Tech Solution: Tool that Helps Improve Sports Biomechanics
The client required a service provider with a demonstrated competence in embedded programming that would be capable of integrating a technical solution into a piece of smart furniture within a short timeline. The prototype was expected to be showcased during the upcoming HD Expo 2015 in Las Vegas, which was swiftly approaching. Having embedded software engineering among its core domain practices for almost two decades, Softeq has amassed significant hands-on experience in the field. For NunoErin, Softeq’s proven subject-matter expertise and its ability to deliver workable solution against tight deadlines were decisive service provider selection criteria.
The team was to develop a technical proof of concept for a smart furniture prototype that featured a set of 17" LED panels integrated into a table top.
The prototype is capable of displaying tweets and images, as well as playing back a greeting message on detecting a human presence. It also supports multiuser game playing. This is achieved by pairing a user’s mobile device with the table top via Bluetooth and sending static images to the LED enabled table screen. Besides, the user can use their mobile devices as game controls for playing the preinstalled Pong game. The LED panels are controlled by a tiny Raspberry Pi computer running Linux. The user control of the panels is performed via an Android smartphone.
The team had to work around several issues to be able to implement the required functionality. They include connecting Raspberry Pi to LED panels and dealing with the Twitter authentication issues caused by obsolete software frameworks, which failed to support the modern Twitter authentication model.
The team employed a conventional Waterfall-based software development process due to well-defined requirements availability.
Softeq delivered the prototype in time for the HD Expo 2015. The solution provides an arresting sensory experience and interactivity through touch-responsive micro LED lights, social integration, and games thus reinventing guest experience in Entertainment and HoReCa business.
Happy with the pilot collaboration results, NunoErin expand their exploratory activities in the field by continuing leveraging Softeq’s programming strengths. The next sensor panel enabled smart furniture will utilize the power of the LCD technology.