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Window to the World

Move the plane around the map to see live images from around the world through a window frame

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The Covid pandemic has meant that I’m in the house a lot more, and travel has been restricted/difficult to say the least. Since I’ve been more involved in video streaming technology professionally recently, I decided to build a project based off these techologies to relieve some of the cabin fever.

Demo video is at https://youtu.be/sXxcPxjwLj8.

The World Window shows a live webcam of various locations around the world, behind a real window frame. To change location, you can move the plane around a world map to pre-determined locations (lit by small LEDs) – the plane is magnetic to sticks to the map.

In addition to this, there is another sensor that tracks your position in front of the frame, to give a false sense of perspective when moving around in front of the frame.

All code for the World Map Arduino sketch, Thermal Sensor Arduino sketch, Python VLC/HLS generation script and Android TV app is available at https://github.com/shakso/WorldWindow

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Fritzing schema for map

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Ken Yap wrote 12/08/2021 at 23:57 point

Cute. Reminds of a website I saw where you could get the window view of some random person (who had enrolled in the group). Not notable landmarks, usually just a view onto a garden, a landscape, whatever that homely window overlooked. I think it existed before the pandemic but I'm sure it was calming for poor souls locked down in city apartments.

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