Reinholds Zviedris, Artis Mednis, and Gatis Mednis. Heterogeneous Tool Kit for Real-Time Edutainment. The 5th International Scientific Conference on Applied Information and Communication Technologies (AICT 2012), Proceedings of the 5th International Scientific Conference on Applied Information and Communication Technologies (AICT 2012), pp. 201-208, 2012. Latvia University of Agriculture, 2012.
In today’s world, digital technology is taking over our lives more and more including education and
entertainment. In both fields situations occurs when someone needs to control or coordinate tasks in different locations to be performed just in time. There exists certain amount of modus operandi characterized by various levels of complexity that tries to solve this issue. During state-of-the-art research authors found a lack of simple solutions that could be easily adapted for specific user requirements while still suitable for wide area of needs. In this paper we describe our experience taken from developing of hardware and software tool kit suitable for education or entertainment event staging and management where real time user-assigned task control or task reassignment is required. Hardware part includes embedded device that performs SRD interface control and configured information output. Development of this part was done with energy economy in mind to ensure the utmost possible autonomous operation of device. Software part is lightweight web based application that can be accessed by event organizers and participants using HTML-enabled Internet browser from PC or smartphone. Mobile phone’s built-in camera and matrix bar code interface can be used as an option for access to the system or execution of specific tasks. Over the course of last 5 years tool kit has been progressively implemented in hardware and software prototypes that found multiple applications in various “Autoliste” and “CDT” organized events.