Brush Up on Your Digital Vocabulary with Michael Shaub

On July 14, Michael Shaub of Gensler will join digital experts from Leviathan and Digital Kitchen for the 2017 SEGD Xplorerevent.

In his session, Audience Engagement: Real-Time Sensor Data Visualization with Arduino, attendees will prototype engaging digital experiences using the open-source Arduino microcontroller and Processing software to connect several sensors to real-time data visualizations on your laptop. This session is sponsored by Reality Interactive.

The focus of the session will be hands-on using the sensors as a means for directly engaging audiences in designed experiences. Participants will connect the various sensors to several provided processing visualizations, exploring the features and limitations of each device. Afterward, the group will discuss which sensors can enable different digital experiences, next steps for experimentation, sources for learning and hardware and how to grow prototypes into projects.

Here, Michael shares key terms you should know for this exploratory session:

Open-source hardware and software is free to use or change and supported by a community to be accessible to a wide user base and to encourage education and skill development

Processing is an open- source programming environment that allows designers to use programming to “sketch” graphics and interactivity on many platforms and can export applications that run natively, on the web, and on Android mobile devices.

Arduino is an open-source microcontroller, a small computer with programmable inputs and outputs. These $30 circuit boards don’t have screens or keyboards, but rely on programs downloaded from your computer to control a wide variety of motors, lights, and other devices and respond to inputs including switches, sensors, a traditional computer, and many more.

Real-time data is a stream of information being generated continuously, rather than being read from a historical record or storage. A source of this information may be a nearby sensor, a device sending freely available data through the internet from anywhere in the world or a paid subscription to proprietary information about stock prices or air traffic.

Data Visualizations are graphic representations of information that allow viewers to see variations, patterns, and trends in the data. In this workshop, the term will apply to a variety of styles of computer graphics that are generated in real-time in response to a constantly changing stream of data.

Join Michael Shaub for 2017 SEGD Digital Xplorer,July 13 (tours) and 14 (event) in Chicago. Space is limited—register today!

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