05/11/2016
Live Research and Science Centre/Museum
Description

This is mainly an update on the "Using Ubiquiti in Research Projects" post.

 

Background:

Designing for creativity and innovation in informal science learning is a participatory action research and co-design project. Durham University is undertaking experiments via an exhibit pod hosted in the Brain Zone at The Centre for Life in Newcastle, UK. The research is an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account funded project, and the development of the exhibit pod in the Brain Zone has been made possible by support from The Wellcome Trust.

 

Changes:

So from the original prototype (story here) we found a few issues; namely that the cameras viewing angles weren't enough and secondly that the visitors would like to try and move the cameras, so we changed things up this time especially as this is going to be part of a fixed exhibt in our science centre with an expected lifetime of 5-8 years. We did have to use some heavy duty super-glue to make sure the dome cameras don't move when they're touched, as well as the plastic lens covers they were packaged with.

 

I wrote a script that would join all the recordings together using ffmpeg so you can automate a video export. I will once the script is fully complete release it with more details etc.

 

Hardware:

  • 3x Linx 10" Windows 10 Tablets
  • 3x Unifi Video Dome Cameras (UVC Dome)
  • 1x Unifi Video Camera (UVC)
  • 1x UniFi Switch 8 Port (Beta model)
  • 1x UniFi AP (UAP)
  • 1x Server (Dual Core Xeon, 6GB Ram, 128GB SSD, 2x 3TB HDD in RAID1) - Running Apache2, MySQL, (LimeSurvey) and UniFi Video

 

Photos:

BrainZone.jpgBrain Zonesl.jpgSocial Learning Tablet (Left)building2.jpgAndy Buildingbuilding.jpgPeople Buildingbuilding3.jpgTablet & BuildingCamera.jpgView of Dome Cameratablet.jpgUsing the Tablet (Dome in background)Tablet2.jpgView of TabletIMG_20160229_095422.jpgSwitch USW-8-150wSwitch&WiFi.jpgSwitch & WiFi AP in Cupboard

 

Camera Housing 1.jpgDome Camera Housing 1Camera Housing 2.jpgDome Camera Housing 2cameraclose.jpgDome Camera Fittedtop.jpgCamera from aboveUniFi - Switch Overview.pngUniFi USW-8-150w OverviewUniFi - Switch Ports.pngUniFi USW-8-150w Ports

CameraView.pngUniFi-Video fullscreen view

Links:

 

Find out more here

 

durhamlogo.png Life-logo.png esrclogo.png

 

 

 

Live Research and Science Centre/Museum

by on ‎05-11-2016 09:02 AM

This is mainly an update on the "Using Ubiquiti in Research Projects" post.

 

Background:

Designing for creativity and innovation in informal science learning is a participatory action research and co-design project. Durham University is undertaking experiments via an exhibit pod hosted in the Brain Zone at The Centre for Life in Newcastle, UK. The research is an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account funded project, and the development of the exhibit pod in the Brain Zone has been made possible by support from The Wellcome Trust.

 

Changes:

So from the original prototype (story here) we found a few issues; namely that the cameras viewing angles weren't enough and secondly that the visitors would like to try and move the cameras, so we changed things up this time especially as this is going to be part of a fixed exhibt in our science centre with an expected lifetime of 5-8 years. We did have to use some heavy duty super-glue to make sure the dome cameras don't move when they're touched, as well as the plastic lens covers they were packaged with.

 

I wrote a script that would join all the recordings together using ffmpeg so you can automate a video export. I will once the script is fully complete release it with more details etc.

 

Hardware:

  • 3x Linx 10" Windows 10 Tablets
  • 3x Unifi Video Dome Cameras (UVC Dome)
  • 1x Unifi Video Camera (UVC)
  • 1x UniFi Switch 8 Port (Beta model)
  • 1x UniFi AP (UAP)
  • 1x Server (Dual Core Xeon, 6GB Ram, 128GB SSD, 2x 3TB HDD in RAID1) - Running Apache2, MySQL, (LimeSurvey) and UniFi Video

 

Photos:

BrainZone.jpgBrain Zonesl.jpgSocial Learning Tablet (Left)building2.jpgAndy Buildingbuilding.jpgPeople Buildingbuilding3.jpgTablet & BuildingCamera.jpgView of Dome Cameratablet.jpgUsing the Tablet (Dome in background)Tablet2.jpgView of TabletIMG_20160229_095422.jpgSwitch USW-8-150wSwitch&WiFi.jpgSwitch & WiFi AP in Cupboard

 

Camera Housing 1.jpgDome Camera Housing 1Camera Housing 2.jpgDome Camera Housing 2cameraclose.jpgDome Camera Fittedtop.jpgCamera from aboveUniFi - Switch Overview.pngUniFi USW-8-150w OverviewUniFi - Switch Ports.pngUniFi USW-8-150w Ports

CameraView.pngUniFi-Video fullscreen view

Links:

 

Find out more here

 

durhamlogo.png Life-logo.png esrclogo.png