[Build] Sprucing up the classrooms
Jeffrey Carl Faden
jeffreyatw at gmail.com
Sun Aug 17 20:53:30 UTC 2014
I mentioned this over IRC, but I believe the Church projector's flickering
problem could possibly be solved with a good dusting. That, of course,
won't help its native XGA resolution.
One thing worth noting about the outlets throughout the classrooms is, the
way the Church projector is powered on is sort of rudimentary, but it
works: unplug and re-plug the projector. That, of course, requires access
to the plugs. If we wanted to do it some other way, we'd need some sort of
assurance that whatever remote or not-so-remote controller turns the
projector(s) on is securely mounted.
About HDMI to Mini-DisplayPort, there are a lot of computers without either
of those. Do you plan on providing access to VGA as well?
Regardless of specifics, thanks for this contribution!
On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
> I write this without really knowing what other works needs to be done (I
> imagine neither classroom has proper installed lighting yet), so if it's
> untimely to talk about me throwing money at projectors and touch panels
> in a month, I'll avoid the subject till later.
> The projector in Church is on its last leg, it's also got a really low
> When I get paid next I would most likely be happy to buy Noisebridge two
> new 720p projectors for both of the classrooms to be
> permanently/semi-professionally mounted. I would also run cables to
> outlet boxes like this near the front of the class...
> So that if a cable goes missing, you only need something that's 6ft or
> 12ft to replace it, instead of something that's long as hell, or to be
> forced to stick your laptop on a chair on a table under the projector.
> Most likely I think I'll buy a couple of 12ft cables and anchor them to
> the wall, also forcefully attach an HDMI to displayport adapter to it.
> And most likely add in a pair of Chromecasts there to make it even
> easier to stream slides or a browser session to the projectors.
> I don't know where the projectors will exactly get mounted, but I'm
> hoping that if electrical isn't done yet in the classrooms, that if
> possible someone could run outlets up and to the rear where a projector
> might go? I will most likely reuse the mount inside of Church. For
> Turing I might just get a hanging off of the wall mount and put it dead
> center but up a little high.
> It sounds like that projector that was in the hackatorium got lifted? I
> want to avoid acquiring a new one for that area until you've all figured
> out where you want to mount the screen and how any of that works.
> PUBLIC TOUCH PANELS
> I was then thinking back to our previous grand plan of using those
> industrial 15" VGA monitors for in wall kiosk type things. The original
> plan to reboot them was to replace them all with cheap 6 - 7" Android
> tablets setup in some sort of browser kiosk mode. The ones sitting
> directly outside of the two classrooms would also display what upcoming
> classes were happening for that day.
> Anyhow, if someone's crafty enough to build some sort of hard to steal
> tablet enclosure for these, and then our wiki magically gains the
> ability to intelligently schedule classes (like Leif had planned to do
> years ago), I would be happy to buy a hand full of these to scatter
> through the space and make it look like we're from the future again.
> rubin at starset.net
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