I make 4 my city : “On the move in Château”, showing how many steps residents have walked

 

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“On the move in Château”, showing how many steps residents have walked

FabLab Château Thierry -  

Showing how many steps have been walked by the town’s residents to make this activity accessible to as many people as possible... and make Château Thierry the most active town in France in terms of walking!

Who & what?
3 young people aged 21 to 23, without a job, 2 of whom are part of the Garantie Jeune programme at the Mission Locale, worked at the FabLab to create a connected display panel... showing how many steps residents have walked. A program which controls over 300 LEDs.

Why?
To directly display the number of steps walked by connected residents to stimulate them and encourage them to boost results by walking more! It’s about creating a form of competition to encourage more walking, individually or in a group, in a town which aims to be the most active in France.

How?
The display panel is made of a solid wood fibreboard structure and a lighting system made of coloured and programmable LEDs, protected with vinyl. Its design and manufacture have used all of the FabLab’s resources from the initial designs through to its manufacture (printing, drilling, engraving, cutting, Arduino Mega card). The code continuously collects the number of steps on the website and breaks it down into figures, which are transformed into words like “millions”. Currently it is a cheap prototype better adapted to an inside space which can be viewed from outside. The ultimate goal is to expand it and make it in plastic which is more expensive but better adapted to outdoor conditions.

 

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