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Re: Multi-sensory room instrumentation and control for people with autism

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:34 pm
by firesoot
Total newbie (may as well apologise now), I've searched the forums and come up with some useful bits, but nothing to help me pin down requirements for a project.

We are setting up a multi-sensory room as part of building refurb/extension (run as a not-for-profit and soon to be registered charity)  primarily aimed at people with autism.  Equipment, lighting, audio set-ups for sensory rooms are shockingly expensive - mention SEN to any supplier and you would be surprised at the cost.... we have a limited budget, but think that we could use the R-Pi for several things. Thoughts are:-

1. Connect R-Pi to a hdmi projector to project video/images onto a plain wall (the room will generally be dark/subdued lighting), we will install CAT6 in the room next to the projector so it can be networked to a file server.

2. Use wiimote for interacting with projected images/whiteboard (this is a bit complicated, but other interactive software/motion tracking seems very expensive), have been looking at wiimote project, but doesn't seem to support linux (R-Pi)

3. Audio linked to interactive display in 2. above and speakers (maybe active speakers so they have their own amplification)

4. Lighting control - we will have LED strip lighting and a UV source for fluorescent sensory objects, we would like both dimmable lighting and multi-coloured LED lighting.

5. Media Centre using XBMC.

Ideally, because equipment needs to be out of reach due to possibility of damage, everything should be capable of remote control.

If anyone is doing something similar, or has some ideas please let me know.

Re: Multi-sensory room instrumentation and control for people with autism

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:55 pm
by northerndiver

2. Use wiimote for interacting with projected images/whiteboard (this is a bit complicated, but other interactive software/motion tracking seems very expensive), have been looking at wiimote project, but doesn't seem to support linux (R-Pi)



You could try the python based whiteboard found here:- https://github.com/pnegre/python-whiteboard/wiki/

Re: Multi-sensory room instrumentation and control for people with autism

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:59 pm
by oninoshiko
from what we know at this time, it should all be doable!


easy
concensous seems to be the wiimote should be easily adaptable, http://www.raspberrypi.org/for.....-interface
The stereo plug should work well for this, also audio out the HDMI port should be useable
Not sure how you plan on controling the lighting, but the GPIO pins (my first thought) will not be attached in the first run of the boards. I think the spots are there, but there will just be no pins.
XMBC guys seem to have it running beutifully!


Remote control is an interesting topic for a project like this, I think. Ofcourse a IR input is an option. Another idea though, is putting a simply wireless access point on the same network, and controling via TCP/IP. This would give you access to your full range of controls and allow you to experement with the ideal interface without changing hardware each time.

Also it would be easy to set up programed sequences this way, which may or may not be useful for you.

Re: Multi-sensory room instrumentation and control for people with autism

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:23 pm
by firesoot
Thank you for the suggestions - that's what I like about this forum, that everyone is willing to chip-in even for total novices and the wide range of applications people are looking at.  We are looking forward to experimenting and hopefully get a working system for our needs at a relatively low cost so others can benefit from our experiences.  Will post the end result on here