This project aimed to create a virtual drum-set that you can play with a pair of custom made drumsticks. The application shows a drumset. You can play them by flicking custom-made drumsticks while simply pointing at one of the drums. Next to this two foot pedals control the high-hat and bass drum.
The system works via IR-LEDs in the drumsticks that flash when the drumstickis flicked, which is seen by a Wii remote. This is then translated in a mouse movement on the screen, that causes drum sounds to be played when the mouse moves over a drum image in the web-based application. The floor pedals are connected via an arduino that sends a signal to the computer when they are pressed. The sticks are activated by a weight that moves up when the stick is flicked, which presses a button. To add a haptic feedback a vibration motor is built in the handle.
Budweiser has introduced a new concept that they will use during events: the Buddy Cup. It is a beer cup that you link to your Facebook account via the QR-code on the bottom when you enter the bar and receive the cup. Then during the event, when you toast with somebody (and your cups touch), you automatically become friends on Facebook.
The initial idea sounds fun. It is an existing meaningful gesture which now has an additional digital meaning. But have they really thought this through? What if you bump into someone by accident? Or what if a random person walks by and bumps your cup without your approval, that person can then instantly see all private information you have shared with your friends. And this means you need to keep your cup with you all evening long, instead of getting a new one with each drink as is normally the case (or is this different in America?).
To me this idea sounds like nothing more than initial idea that needs a lot more thought before it can become a real product.
Funny detail: In the movie they use the form of the Facebook time line to show the ‘history of toasting’. But their time line goes in the opposite direction as the one from Facebook (scroll down = back in time).