3D Modelling and Virtual Reality Tour of the Library’s i-Space A virtual reality tour was developed by a student that allows the user to navigate and explore the virtual Library’s i-Space (4/F North Wing) freely using a mouse and keyboard as playing a first-person shooter game. The student used 3DS MAX 3D modeling software to create a virtual space of i-Space and its 3D objects bit by bit including furniture, plants, laser printers, 3D printers and PCs video wall. Then, all these 3D objects are imported into Unity software to complete the VR game development. With his tremendous effort, user can get the first-person experience of the i-Space just like visiting in person and learn about what facilities provided in the Digital Makerspace. The web version of the virtual tour is available here: https://webapp.lib.polyu.edu.hk/ispaceVR/
With the advancement of technologies, we are now a lot easier to access the internet with different electronic widgets compared to the past decades. IoT technology is developed to make use of the vast usage of internet so as to create an environment for centralized control. Let’s look into the case of our home. When we feel that a room is dim, we have to switch on a light. Similarly, we are required to turn on a TV with a remote. “How about making a controller panel that can turn on all electronic appliances in our home?” One of the solutions of this question is making our home smarter with IoT.
An Internet-of-Thing (IoT) component can be configured to collect real-time environmental data by integrating NodeMCU ESP8266 development board with a temperature and humidity sensor DHT11. The student used an Arduino IDE program to set up a small scale weather monitoring station which indicate the real-time and historical environmental data over the IoT platform ThingsBoard.
During COVID-19 outbreak, people are staying at homes to lower the chance of infection. Having a long period lockdown, do you miss the moment you walk along a country park to enjoy a breath of fresh air? A student has developed a virtual Green Park with first-person view navigation, you can take a virtual walk and feel it by controlling the movement with a mouse and keyboard. This Park provides an auto-pilot feature, in which an i-Space cat will introduce the Park to you after selecting a self-guided tour function. Users can also fly a drone in the Park to experience a bird's eye view for the whole park. The student uses 3D modeling software to create a virtual landscape of the Green Park and its 3D objects including plants, fountain, bench, direction board and buildings. These objects are openly accessible for download. You can import the objects into Unity software to create a unique and exquisite virtual park for your loved ones.
An Internet-of-Thing (IoT) component can be configured to collect real-time environmental data. This video will teach you how to make a small scale weather monitoring station by integrating ESP8266 board with a temperature and humidity sensor. You could monitor the real-time and historical environmental data remotely over the cloud platform. In this video, you will learn: - How to do basic programming on ESP8266 board to control device's input and output - How to generate data from IoT devices to aggregate and process data in Cloud service
Some IoT controllers are capable to serve as a web server, and able to communicate with other electronic devices within a private network. In this video, you will learn: - How to use a mobile phone or computer to control an IoT controller - How to set up a network service on an IoT controller
This self-learning video, Creating Full Colour Stickers with Vinyl Cutter, is a beginner guide for students who want to make colour printed stickers with the Vinyl Cutter in Digital Makerspace. You will learn about: - How a vinyl cutter helps you to produce stickers - The steps to use Adobe Illustrator to create stickers from sample graphics and images provided - The Vinyl Cutting Service at the PolyU Library's i-Space
This self-learning video, How to operate a vinyl cutter, is a companion learning resource for the Vinyl cutter DIY manual. Using cutting paper stickers as an example, you will learn how to operate the vinyl cutter at the PolyU Library's i-Space.