Progress Meeting: 29nd June 1999
At: 10.30am 3.35 MVB
Present: Henk Muller, Mike McTernan, Michael Measures, Matthew
Baldwin, Paul Wood, Cliff Randell
- Mike McT. has created the first eventmanager - EventMan - which responds to a pinger by
contacting a proxy server and downloading a file to the Nino. The FootBridge protocol has
been improved and he has started to implement PRCS to provide version control for our
- Matthew has built a multithreaded proxy server using java, currently running on Prawn.
Data has been recovered from both Blackwells and Waterstones web-sites using their search
engines. After parsing this has been sent back to the Shopping Jacket for display on the
- Michael M. has implemented the PPP protocol for the GSM 'phones. He encountered routing
and handshaking problems, but now has only DialD to resolve. Documentation is underway.
- Cliff has been developing the electronic compass, a PIC programmer and demonstration
board; and has also built a housing for the Nino for use in the 'Jacket. He has installed
the necessary components in the blazer(jet) to enable the first demo.
- Paul has taken delivery of the HP C30 camera and is testing the software developed for
the loan C20 - some communication problems have been found - but pictures are successfully
being taken. He is developing a conversion program to translate the OS co-ordinates of a
local height map to Lat/Long.
- A successful demo was carried out using a pinger, the 'jacket, GSM 'phones, the proxy
server and a Nino ("first time in three years we have had something working!" -
Henk). A search was carried out on the Waterstones site as a result of a pinger signal
from 1.15 MVB being received on the pavement outside the lab. The resulting page was
displayed 'beautifully' on the Nino.
Shopping Jacket - make it wider! - retain EventMan and extend to include GPS,
University of Bristol web-site (e.g. video 'mock-shop') and more pingers.
Tourist Jacket - use same approach as shopping jacket. By hacking a simple EventMan
which responds to changes in the GPS signal, we can provide a tourist guide to Bristol
based on the Heritage Walk. again, this will use the Nino and will have audio notes but
not use the GSM 'phones.
The Positional Camera can also use an EventMan structure, though the full application
has yet to be determined.
- Mike McT to complete implementation of PRCS and associated documentation. Mike will
develop prototype an EventMan application for the Tourist Jacket.
- Michael M. to complete the PPP/GSM implementation (with documentation) and integrate it
with the Shopping Jacket EventMan. He will be developing this EventMan to encompass the
additional features (GPS and more pingers).
- Matthew will be further developing the proxy server and implementing the video
- Cliff carries on co-ordinating, testing, documenting, trying out different compass
ideas, getting to grips with PICs and evolving the jacket hardware architecture.
- Paul continues to familiarise himself with the camera and ray tracing.
Next Meeting : 10.30 a.m. 6th July Rm 3.35 MVB
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