On March 18th, 2018, TechHive participated in the Innovations and Inspirations Benefit Event at the Lawrence Hall of Science. The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity for attendees to support and invest in a new program at the Hall, the Inventors Lab, which will be a space for visitors to explore new media and AR/VR technologies while solving engineering design challenges. Since the mission and projects of TechHive closely align with this new learning lab, we were asked to showcase the project our interns and volunteers have been working on for the last several months.
We chose to present the second iteration of our "AR Box" (augmented reality in a box). Our interns had created a "jungle themed" AR box to educate visitors on the different animals, flora, and other aspects within a jungle environment. They programmed several arduinos and created mechanisms to make sloths, snakes, and trees move while using neopixel LEDs to light up the surrounding flowers inside. They were extremely creative and artistic as they tried to make their project appealing to a variety of visitors.
Inside the AR Box was also a Raspberry Pi camera which would stream the content to a phone within a Google Cardboard headset, creating the augmented reality experience. We also streamed to an external monitor so that all participants could enjoy the AR Box.
All of the attendees enjoyed wearing the headset and taking a peek inside the AR Box as we manually controlled the rotation of the camera inside!
The most impressive part of the showcase was watching how well our interns presented the work they have been doing. They were able to give perfect elevator pitches about the project as well as answer any question the attendees asked. Attendees seemed impressed to see how high school interns could work together to create an interactive project like this!
Overall, thank you so much to all of our interns, volunteers, and staff for working hard to create this project and presenting at the event!