A simple-looking creature, with lots of power that shows up everywhere.
Anything you want
How it Works
The Brain Coral is the simplest, and most versatile, of all the creatures Inside The Blue.
Designed to communicate and share data with other creatures, the Brain Coral also
displays its own data using an Intel Galileo and an LED array inside a 3D printed shell.
The Brain Coral acts as a base station for wireless sensors and can serve
as an Internet of Things hub for the home or office. A Node.js server allows you to connect
to the Brain Coral and view sensor data in real time on your tablet, laptop, or mobile
device. When connected to the Internet, the Brain Coral can feed sensor data to any web server.
RGB LEDs show data activity on the coral.
We knew at the beginning we wanted to build something that unlocked the power of Linux on the Galileo. With Node.js coming built-in and with help from the burgeoning NodeBots community, we decided to use Node.js to read sensor data and show visual output. For the final creature, we turned to the beach for inspiration by exploring shapes, textures, and patterns, bringing the Brain Coral to life.
After exploring the beach we did some sketches and built a wooden model of the coral. Happy with the initial shape of the coral we 3D scanned the wooden coral and refined it to make a 3D printable housing for the Intel Galileo with enough room inside for an Arduino shield, a WiFi card and LEDs. To learn how to make your own, visit the Brain Coral tutorial.