vjukebox

   V-JukeBox


About

V-Jukebox is a recording device in the form of a jukebox for senior citizens to make announcements, share stories, experiences or quite simply enjoy the ones that others have left. The aim is to increase social interaction in a senior home environment with the use of a video recorder. With V-Jukebox, the seniors can record and playback videos to encourage social interaction between seniors as well as enabling them to express themselves. Also, for those who are incapable of reading or have cognitive issues, a new escape is now available.

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Function

V-Jukebox is a recording device for senior citizens that can record and playback videos. It includes one switch, one knob, and one button in terms of interactive parts.

  • The switch simply turns on and off the system.
  • The knob enables the user to cycle through the recorded videos.
  • The button starts and stops recording. When pressed, the channel being overwritten is displayed. When pressed again, recording stops, and playback resumes.

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Technical

The basic structure of the jukebox was provided by an old radio - purchased for refurbishing. The radio was gutted - its insides replaced with an Arduino prototyping board. This allowed us to digitally measure and control everything that went on inside the radio.

In addition to the basic switches and functions of the radio, an 8-segment LED display was connected to the Arduino board for it to control. Due to difficulties measuring the capacitor in the radio, we used a potentiometer glued to the knob in order to measure the position of the needle. This was less accurate than measuring the capacitor, but quicker to implement in the time alotted.

At periodic intervals, the arduino board sends a message via USB to a laptop, telling it the current state of the radio. Messages were based off of the Arduino2Max program found on the Arduino website. These messages were then interpreted in Max/MSP by Arduino2Max itself, and used to control our computer program.

Video playback and recording was accomplished with the use of Max/MSP.

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Instruction Manual

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Technical Chart

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VJukeBox Front View

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VJukeBox

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VJukeBox Top View

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VJukeBox Arch

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VJukeBox Panel

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Knob and Record button

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Seven Segment Digital Display

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On/Off Switch

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Turning the knob

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Pressing the Record button


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Demo Video

Fun Factor

Contact


Alan Song - acs10@sfu.ca
604 761 4768

Kenson Chan - kyc17@sfu.ca
778 882 7360

Leibrandt Austria - laa16@sfu.ca
604 306 3581

Mark Lauman - mcl5@sfu.ca
604 347 9048

Wendy Lai - wpl@sfu.ca
778 883 0323