Right after Wednesday’s class last week, I bought a hot glue gun, and used the quarantine Blue Mart Cardboard box to start working on creating the dollhouse. This task was mostly fun, but a bit frustrating because the cardboard was so thick I needed a knife to cut most of it. Measuring all the pieces and getting straight lines with a knife were probably the most difficult parts.
I created the dimensions of the dollhouse so that the background of the rooms matched perfectly to the screen of my laptop. I also had to create a bit of a stand so that it didn’t rest on the laptop, and also fit in a way were it was perfectly centered without relying on the user to adjust it.
Next, Aayush and I discussed what each room could do, and what kind of interactivities we could incorporate. Here’s what we decided:
- Bedroom: The background scenery changed from day to night
- Game room: A small, interactive game starts (user can play)
- Balcony: has a piano that plays music, scenery can change, as well as whether
- Living room: A tv where a movie can play
- Dining room: Food starts sizzling/ food is made/ kettle ..etc
While Aayush created a prototype of the triggers of each room, I created simple ‘wallpapers’ of how the dollhouse may look. Here is what we have:
For clarification, this is what the dollhouse looks like in comparison to the laptop:
- Creating animations for each room
- Creating furniture like beds and chairs
- Adding sensors for each room
- Adding LEDs for each room
- Making the dollhouse prettier 🙂