Western News: Google gadgets unboxing

Western News: Google gadgets unboxing


A team of us from the Digital Humanities Research Group from Western Sydney University and the Institute for Culture and Society were successful in
being sent a Google Research Internet of Things award so Google at Mountain View California
has sent us this exciting box of equipment and I’m going to open it up and see what’s
inside So we have a congratulations certificate Ok so it looks like we have a pile of things We have some little peripherals things like an LEDs, wires
and a breadboard – it’ll be exciting to see what we do with those.. I guess they go with the Edison boards these
I believe are kind of like upscale Arduinos let’s take a look Ok so that looks like the brains of the board and
I bet there’s something else underneath there we go so that’s the board which we
will have fun plugging the LEDs and other sensors into we’re going to have to figure out how
we can use it for exciting research purposes Ok so this is the Chomebit so the Chromebit
is basically an OS on a stick and you can plug it into a monitor or a TV and then you
basically use it to run a kiosk software or something you want the public to interact in where you can run a computer through a tv in a public without having a big computer in a public space where things could happen to it so we’ll be using that for a project Teresa Swist wants
to get up and running with kiosk around Western Sydney university So we have a couple more of these Edison boards And then these are really cool these are tiny
little things we only asked for three of these but it looks like they sent us about 20 they’re
great, they’re beacons and I’m not sure what the brand is on these ones it looks like
it says beaks so these beacons are constantly sending out Bluetooth signals and when you
walk past a place which has a beacon planted say on a bookshelf or in the ceiling and you’ve
got your phone or your iPad with you it broadcasts information to your device so what we want to do is plant
these around campus and broadcast information to staff and students who are walking through
the space and that could be anything it could be information about the campus itself like
what’s going on in this building or it could be stuff about a research project that’s
going on or you could have content like what indigenous people we’re doing in the space
before colonisation. We have heaps of ideas on how to use this and it’s really exciting
they sent us so many of these So when we asked for this stuff from Google
we gave them so proposals for what we wanted ot do with the equipment like the kiosk idea
and some of the thoughts about the beacon but they’ve sent us more than we were expecting
and we also said we’d get input from the wider Western Sydney University community
to see what other ideas people have for using the equipment in teaching and research spaces. So if you’ve got ideas we’d love to hear from you.

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