Step by Step CREATIF Design Visualisation

Step by Step CREATIF Design Visualisation

Postby admin » Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:48 pm

The picture below shows a sample design created in Adobe Illustrator. Eight smart Elements were added with the Adobe Illustrator Add-On. These are: 3 Thermochromic Elements (the left PC button and the two wings of the right PC ribbon) and 5 Electroluminescent Elements (each phone’s microphone and speaker and the cable between them).

The design is uploaded to the CREATIF cloud with the Adobe Illustrator ADD-On and two 8-pin connectors were added to the right of the right PC and to the left of the left PC. Two Proximity Sensors are also added below each PC.

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The idea of this sample is, when the left proximity sensor is activated, to give the impression that the male (left) PC is talking and the female (right) PC is listening and its ribbon wings start glowing. When the right proximity sensor is activated the female PC (right) starts talking, the male PC (left) listens and its button starts glowing.

How this behaviour can be achieved is explained below.

To ensure the ability to visually “hide” conductive tracks over areas of the design where tracks will have lowest contrast, all the Element tabs are repositioned keeping in mind that the conductive tracks start from the Element and are routed to a connector pin.

The Picture below shows our sample design after Auto routing. Obviously all these conductive tracks are spoiling the whole impression of the design. To get a better result the designer has to reconnect some of the Element’s tabs to the most appropriate connector pin and manually redesign the conductive track routes to minimise their visibility in relation to the background picture.

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In this particular situation all Elements connected to the left connector are routed properly and do not need reconnection. Elements connected to the right connector can be improved by reconnecting the ground tabs of Electroluminescent Elements 15 to connector pin 13. Pressing the "Reconect Pins" button activates the Reconnect Pins mode of the software.

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Press the left mouse button over the pin that has to be reconnected and drag it, still keeping the left mouse button pressed, over the connector pin to which it has to connect. Release the left mouse button and the places of these two pins are swapped. Now the places of pins 13 and 15 are swapped. To get the final result, pins 14 and 15 have to be reconnected too. The right section of the above picture shows the correct connection.

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Another improvement regarding connectivity can be done with the sample design. All Elements in the design have been given names by the User from Visualisation Board Panel -> Elements -> Name -> Change. ‘fmicrophone’ element’s ground tab connects to ‘fspeaker’ elements ground tab and it connects to connector 2, pin 6. The design will look visually better if the ground tabs are connected from ‘fspeaker’ to ‘fmicrophone’ and finally to connector 2, pin 6. The user has to select the button Edit Connectivity in the Functional Board to show the connection table. In the table select the drop down box with possible connection for fspeaker_GND and set its connection to fmicrophone_GND. Then select fmicrophone_GND drop down and set it to CNTR_2_PIN6. The lower section of the picture above shows what result was achieved from the above modification after pressing the "Apply Connectivity" button.

Once all connections are electrically and logically correct, the user can reconfigure tracks according to the background picture and designer’s intent.

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The picture above is our sample design with conductive tracks “hidden” in the background picture. The intention is to minimise the visual impact of the electrical tracks over the whole design.

The design is ready for the stage of setting the specific behaviour of each Element.

Smart Elements have been assigned user names. Electroluminescent Elements from left to right are: “mspeaker”, “mmicrophone”, “cable”, “fmicrophone” and “fspeaker”. Thermochromic
Elements from left to right are: “button”, “lribbon” and “rribbon”. As mentioned in the beginning of this section we want each microphone to be synchronised with the opposite speaker and the cable depending on the activation of the left or the right Proximity Sensor. Also the operation of these Elements should not be the same. Below are displayed the conditions and Action Sequences of all controlled Elements in the design.

The first group of Electroluminescent Elements operation is activated when the Proxi_Sensor_01 is approached in a close proximity, but not touched – i.e. at 25%. These Elements will operate synchronously in the following sequence:

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Below is shown an example diagram of this Action Sequence. Its period is 6 seconds and the maximum intensity is 100%. When the period ends and the Condition is still active the sequence is starts again from the beginning.

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The second group of Electroluminescent Elements sequence is activated when the Proxi_Sensor_02 is approached in a close proximity, but not touched i.e. at 25%. These Elements will operate synchronously in the following sequence:

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The Elements “cable” is common for both groups of Elements. It has two separate Conditions triggered by Proxi_Sensor_01 and Proxi_Sensor_02. This Element operates in both groups with different sequences assigned to each Condition.

Figure 38 shows this Action Sequence. Its period is 1.8 seconds and the intensity of Elements varies from 100% to 10% and back to 90%. The effect will be to gradually decrease and increase the intensity with a time period of 1.8 seconds.

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Thermochromic Elements in the design are operated with the sequences displayed below. The Element “button” is turned on when Proxi_Sensor_02 is activated. It will remain turned on until the Condition is completed. Elements “lribbon” and “rribbon” are turned on when Proxi_Sensor_01 is activated. They will remain turned on until the Condition is completed.

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Several sample pictures of the design visualisation are shown on the next pictures.

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The above picture shows our sample design in Visualisation mode. The mouse cursor is approaching the left Proximity Sensor, but hasn’t reached triggering distance yet. No Elements are functioning at this point.

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Now the mouse cursor has reached triggering distance of the left Proximity Sensor (representing the real proximity sensor approach.) Elements triggered by this sensor are activated and start their Action Sequences synchronised as described above.

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The mouse cursor is moving to the right, approaching the right Proximity Sensor, but not yet within triggering proximity. There are no active Elements in the design as neither of the conditions is active.

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Now the mouse cursor has reached triggering distance of the right Proximity Sensor. Elements triggered by this sensor are activated and start their Action Sequences synchronised as described above. The difference between intensity of Electroluminescent Elements on picture 2 and picture 4 can be noticed. Elements triggered by the right Proximity Sensor glow with different intensities each time, while the Element triggered by the left proximity sensor glows with different period, but always with 100% intensity.

This sample design is available to all CREATIF registered users in their /Shared With Me folder -> COLLABORATION design.
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