Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2010 about Design

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Tuesday 1st June 2010

  • Housetruck: Building a Victorian RV

    by John Labovitz

    As a "software person," I found the hard technologies of building with steel and wood made for a very different creative and hacking process. At the same time, I discovered many parallels to software development, embedded hardware, and even open-source philosophies.

    I'll talk about my methodology of finding inspiration, determining values, establishing functions, researching materials and methods, finding domain experts, building the structure, and solving problems. I'll also present some ideas to "sensorize" and network the vehicle, while keeping true to the overall design philosophies.

    Inspired by gypsy caravans, British "showman's wagons," 1960s housetrucks & buses, Japanese architecture, and rustic shacks, the 8'x14' cabin is handmade of steel, wood, and wool, and is mounted on an Isuzu NPR truck.

    With luck, the housetruck will be present onsite for touring and as a host of possibly the tiniest hacker lounge ever.

    At 4:45pm to 5:30pm, Tuesday 1st June

Wednesday 2nd June 2010

  • Building Interactive Displays with Touchscreen 2.0

    by Rob McGuire-Dale and Peter Krenesky

    Touchscreen is a platform for creating interactive kiosk and dashboard displays. Its built with well known technologies making it easy to create custom content for your own display.

    Touchscreen 2.0 powers presentations about the Open Source Lab's data center and the network operations center. It provides our admins and our visitors with graphical representations of real-time data about our network operations.

    Come Learn about:
    * What touchscreen is, and what it can do for you.
    * How version 2.0 was built (and our successes and failures along the way)
    * How to implement content plugins for touchscreen including:
    ** Using Raphael and SVG for graphics and animation
    ** How to quickly mash up content sources with jquery

    At 2:30pm to 3:15pm, Wednesday 2nd June