Event Info Screens (v2)

Note: This website hasn't been updated for a couple of years. Standby for a new format and projects in 2017.

  • 15 Raspberry Pis that powered digital signage at the 31st Space Symposium

Technologies

Drupal, Drupal 7, JavaScript, Node.js, PHP, JSON, Linux

Status

Active

Link

Private

Roles

Developer/designer

Purpose

Show live event schedule, ads, announcements and meal seating assignments at Space Symposium events and venue. Replace the old version that ran in Flash/Adobe AIR with a JavaScript/HTML5 version optimized to run on mobile technology.

Highlighted Features

Developed to run on affordable Raspberry Pi hardware, allowing the Space Foundation to do more with digital displays on a tight budget (and more exciting things with hardware add-ons in the future e.g. badge scanners). A schedule of what to show at what times syncs with an info screen admin website. Hardware checks in with a monitoring app to make sure all screens are running as they should from afar. Offline mode keeps things running if the internet connection is disrupted. Software adapts to different screen resolutions and orientations (optimized for HD).

"I think the one overwhelming emotion that we had was when we saw the earth rising in the distance over the lunar landscape . . . . It makes us realize that we all do exist on one small globe. For from 230,000 miles away it really is a small planet."
--Frank Borman