DIY Augmented Reality Dashboard
“Data which no one sees, is just as good as data which does not exist”
It was with the above quote that I decided to build an Augmented Reality dashboard which would allow me to easily digest my health, fitness, and sleep data on a daily basis. I have lovingly dubbed this project S.E.R.A. (See Everything Right Away). There were 3 goals for S.E.R.A.:
- Create a form factor that presents data passively (I should not have to take ANY action)
- Present valuable and actionable data
- The interaction should feel as “magical” as possible
To accomplish this I created a mirror with one-way glass which houses a 5″ LCD screen and Micro-Computer (Raspberry Pi2). When the mirror detected movement (through the use of a passive infrared sensor) the LCD screen would wake and display an automatically updating webpage (built with a combination of several APIs and the freeboard.io framework) which contained activity and sleep tracking data as well as weather forecasts. When no one is around, the screen automatically turns off.