The goal of our project was to enhance the social interaction among customers during their time spent in a Chinese brunch with a global context. This was to be achieved by the use of IoT devices enabled by basic inputs and outputs controlled via the internet.
Dim Sum restaurants are a traditional place for Chinese elder people to spend hours hanging out with friends or families and are thus spaces for social interaction. We envision a future in which these restaurants are popular among the younger generation, as well as outside of China.
In this situation, how can we use ambient devices to ensure that the social environment is maintained and is not taken over by people checking their smartphones?
How might we motivate people to stay away from their smart devices and interact more with others? The key to this question is to establish a positive reinforcement, or a reward, for staying away from their smart phone while dining at the table.
We achieved the above by rewarding patrons with a painting inspired by Chinese art. An IoT device senses whether or not each person has placed their phones on the phone tray. If they have, an electronic painter starts creating a painting. The painting will get interrupted if they pick up their phone, but will resume painting if the phone is replaced. This motivates them to stay away from their phones and interact with friends.
1) A peristaltic pump to drop the paint. it is reliable as the pump is exterior and we would get paint to drip slowly enough for our purpose.
2) Motor with belt drive to achieve the linear motion from Left to Right, back and again as a cycle.
3) Switch with extended arm to act as the phone sensor.
4)Potentiometer to denote the time spent at the table which would determine the finishing time of the painting.
INPUT: phone in phone tray (press down switch) and the timer being set (potentiometer)
OUTPUT: Painting (movement of the pump and the motor)
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