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    Brain Coral Tutorial - Inside the Blue

    InsideTheBlue

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      Idea

      A simple-looking creature, with lots of power that shows up everywhere.

       

      Tutorial

      Brain Coral Tutorial: Introduction

       

      Input/Sensors

      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.

       

      Output

      Data visualization

      Light

       

      Evolutionary quanta

      Irritability

      Reflex

      Association

      Thought

      Culture

       

      Classification

      Nodebot

       

      Inspiration

      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.


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      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.