Ambient Orbs, Chumby, PS3 Dashboard, and the 1st Gen Xbox Interface are inspirations for Colossus. Colossus builds upon the idea of a dashboard with an enhanced IoT twist--you can track information that's important to you (i.e. biorhythms, calorie counter, medication reminder, stock tracker, etc...) and have it display or have a server calculate an answer for you and display the answer on an Colossus' LCD or have Colossus interact with you once it detects that are close-by via a proximity sensor.
What it does:
Colossus is an enhanced IoT device that reports info that's important to you--using either leds, lcds, or sound. The key to Colossus is that it should physically look sleek and elegant. It's more like an organic modern art piece--while remaining simple and intuitive to use.
Colossus won't be a "glass slab" but rather an enhanced IoT device that displays information in a way that is meaningful to the owner/operator of the enhanced IoT device.
How I built it:
I'm working on the 3d printed case, and it'll house a Particle unit that's either connected to lots of leds or a few lcds.
Challenges I ran into:
I'll be needing help from Full Stack Developers to make the back-end software work out :) Looking for devs to help out and make this IoT Device a reality :)
Accomplishments that I'm proud of:
Solidifying the 3d printed design was downright challenging :)
What I learned:
I learned much more about the Particle platform, and more about hardware design.
What's next for Colossus:
Getting a prototype of Colossus to work during the Hackathon :)