BrinkM in Superhero Hawl Created by: Andy Wu, Chih-Pin Hsiao, Szu-Chia Lu, Staphanie Ahn
Georgia Tech students participated in the TEI2011 Super Hero Design Challenge.
Hawl is a successful conductor working with his orchestra. Music is Hawl’s love of life during the day. At the same time, he lives a secret life. He has a mysterious power of controlling music to spread joy and to defeat devils around the world. As long as evils are threatening the world, here comes Hawl to the rescue.
Our super hero, Hawl’s super power is to control the music and conduct a symphony through his body. He wears a dark blue robe with four Wii remotes attached to his arms and legs. The Wii remotes and motion plus sensors capture the movement of Hawl and send the data to a computer through Bluetooth. The computer interprets the data and recognizes the gestures or actions. After that the computer sends the interpreted information to an arduino board through Bluetooth. We connect 12 ThingM Smart LEDs to the arduino board, and then attached to the arms of our performer. When Hawl strikes a thunder into the sky, we can see a blue lightening starts from his shoulder to his forearm and hands and then into the dark sky on the projection screen. Likewise, he can cast a fire from his hand to a forest far away.
ProjectBlog_Georgia_SHero (Downloadable PDF)