Braincademy live at indiegogo

Posted on Saturday, September 8th, 2012

As some of you know I have been working for over a year on my project Braincademy.
Initially, it was ‘only’ a part of my Master’s thesis, but after the CeBIT, I knew that this application should not disappear in the drawer.
 
So I decided to participate on a contest that was announced in partnership with IndieGoGo and Google on entrepreneurship.de.
Objective of the current phase of the competition is to find sponsors to help raise money to put the idea into action. Google sponsors the best of the successful projects by doubling the collected seed capital.
 
Now it’s up to you. If you can not donate anything be so kind and share the project on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever else you are logged in. I really want to realize this project in a professional manner and I can make it with your help.
 
You can find more informations about Braincademy – and a list of stuff you can get for supporting us – at indiegogo.com
 
 

 
 
 




Call me Master of the Universe… or another!

Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Now it’s official and I can call myself a Master of Science (M. Sc.).
After my outstanding performance in my master’s thesis (jepp, 1.0 … what else?) I allow myself to relax a little and do a little holiday.

Although standing in my testimony that I would have taken four semesters (the 4th, which begins right now and ends in 5 months …), but only because I had to matriculate for the submission of work, and my master’s colloquium, although the work was written in the last semester. But knowing that I actually needed three semesters instead of the usual 4 makes me proud. ;)

It was also suggested by several people to submit my work (in revised form) at the CeBIT Award 2013.
If I am there I will of course write a post (after the “Making The Game” series) about the development of my new application, but one by one.




CeBIT 2012 – Recap

Posted on Sunday, April 15th, 2012

I’m a little late with my CeBIT report because I had a lot to do with my thesis and some other projects …simply too much. But better late than never.
 
As mentioned before, I had the honor to present my master thesis and another project I worked in (Smart Home Control) at the CeBIT in Hanover.
 
Arrival:
As the CeBIT opened its doors on Tuesday, we arrived on Monday afternoon, to set up our exhibits. What surprised me most was the presence of security measures that existed on the site … there were no. Without authentication, we strolled with our computers and other utensils to our hall and snatched up already one or two interesting insight into some buildings, where it looked more like a dump than an exhibition.
 

CeBIT 2012 - Monday, Arrival

CeBIT 2012 - Monday, Arrival


After a short walk we took our stand. Although everything looked like it was built only a few hours ago and was put down, but even so there was enough time to remove the protective film and unsightly places by building staff.
 
CeBIT 2012 - Monday, Arrival

CeBIT 2012 - Monday, Arrival

CeBIT 2012 - Monday, Arrival

CeBIT 2012 - Monday, Arrival

CeBIT 2012 - Monday, Arrival / Smart Home Control

CeBIT 2012 - Monday, Arrival / Smart Home Control


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Since we only had to set up our computers, and a model house, all the work was done but in a few hours and we could call it a day early.
 
 
Trade Days:
CeBIT 2012 - Tuesday, Entrance

CeBIT 2012 - Tuesday, Entrance


The first four days of CeBIT, Tuesday through Friday, were as every year the trade visitors days and it was not surprising that the Hessian Broadcasting and other media outlets came on the first day to our booth to look around and take an interview about our developments in the field of home automation. (Video in german)
 

 
 
One lesson I’ve learned over the week is that you need in any case a eye catcher to attract the audience. While we had a model house with light and water effects at the Smart Home project I missed programming a nice stand-alone minigame in the preparation phase. So I extracted a minigame from my “Braincademy”-Application. In the end of the first Day i had a simple mini-game where the player had to catch falling diamonds with his hands.
Although I made some videos of playing guests but due to german law I’m not allowed to publish them without the approval of the people in the video.
CeBIT 2012 - Braincademy, Webcam-Game

CeBIT 2012 - Braincademy, Webcam-Game


 
 
Visitor Day:
Saturday was free for all visitors, and so there were a lot of people who simply wanted to get a free stuff.
During the week many visitors asked how the projects were implemented and whether they would buy it, the main issues that day were: “Have you anything here to give away?” or “Can I take this for free? *pointing at my MacBook*”.
 
Therefore, the the best choice was to run the eye catcher and make pictures and videos of the visitors. (Here are a few insights)
CeBIT 2012 - Braincademy, Webcam-Game, Collage

CeBIT 2012 - Braincademy, Webcam-Game, Collage

CeBIT 2012 - Braincademy, Webcam-Game

CeBIT 2012 - Braincademy, Webcam-Game

CeBIT 2012 - Braincademy

CeBIT 2012 - Braincademy

CeBIT 2012 - Smart Home Control, model house

CeBIT 2012 - Smart Home Control, model house


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conclusion:
All in all it was an interesting experience, even though I my feet ached for next three days after the event.
At least I could walk off with the big poster of my project, which now adorns my wall.
CeBIT 2012 - Poster

CeBIT 2012 - Poster


 
 

Download:
And finally, for those who demand more information on the two exhibits the Flyers: (mainly german, but with an english explanation in the bottom)
 
Flyer: Braincademy Flyer: Smart Home Control
 
 




Long time no see

Posted on Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Through a lot of tasks since December – CeBIT, lectures, my master’s thesis and other projects – I was not able to post anything as initially promised.
However, since I finished my thesis I’ll make up a little more time to describe step by step the development of my program and discuss interesting and important aspects of the development of NUI applications.

See you next Week!
 
 




(Deutsch) Natural User Interface Vortrag am 05.12.2011 in Darmstadt

Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.