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DreamBox [dynamic musical statue]

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Author: Lam, Benson
Author: Heng, Gary
The digital photo frame is a great example of a home entertainment product. The digital frame is environmentally friendly and greatly enhances the display of photographs. However, the drawback is that it is only a 2D display and very expensive. Another great home entertainment product is the music fountain. There is a pre-programmed set of movements available when the music plays. Inspired by a combination of the digital frame and music fountain, we are proposing a unique 3D entertainment system, the animated display, DreamBox. In this project, we will be focus on developing an animated display. The animated display, DreamBox, consists of 5x5 squares. Each square has a crystal standing tube and there will be LED lights inside the tube as well. DreamBox has two modes of operation, a dynamic and static mode. The "dynamic" mode is operated by connecting a music box to our system. The music is then filtered and analyzed by using digital communication algorithms. By detecting various frequency harmonic, DreamBox can form different shapes of animation like wave, heart, smile, letters, and alphabets. In addition, there is also a "static" mode available in which the consumer can draw various shapes on the computer, and our software will try its best to convert the drawing to 3D shapes. This 3D shape is sent to DreamBox via a wireless communication device in real time. The "static" mode is very useful in the sense that it provides a way for the consumer to express his/her creativeness. At last, the forming of these shapes along with light effects will definitely make DreamBox one of the most popular home entertainment systems. If they've left something important behind, the system will notify them.
Engineering Science undergraduates are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440. Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem. This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and final presentation.
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