An evolution of the Student Notices V2 project, completely re-written again to allow for multiple user accounts, media uploads, and an algorithmic digital signage system. This was released for free to complement the commercial Signchro product.
Fully responsive layout using Bootstrap CSS.
Paypal API integration to keep track of accounts and payments.
Dedicated Digital Signage interface, with complex weighted calculations to use all available display face in the most optimal manner.
Media optimisation on upload to multiple sizes, for optimal display and bandwidth usage throughout.
Only a few plugins were written. These are outlined below:
A drag & drop style picture matchup game, where a child would drag parts of an image over the top of the template. Once complete, a sound matching the image would play allowing them to move on to the next image.
Working piano. As the child presses each key, a xylophone sound is made.
HTML5 Canvas based paint application with different colours.
Intended to allow the child to click on various areas and objects within the scene, to see it animate and hear the sound. This plugin remains incomplete.
The entire application was developed to be packaged as a phonegap application, but works fine when accessed on its own. It utilises the dojo framework.
I was brought in to design, build and support a new Digital Media System that was to replace an ageing and extremely buggy PERL system (iDesign) that was currently in use. FlexiFi was the outcome, written in PHP to be a more solid, supported and easily extendable duplicate of the original system yet with many features implemented that had previously been impossible.
This was successfully sold and deployed to over 100 sites nationwide (200+ systems) which required a custom Intranet development and VPN to keep track of it all.
Each system was a dedicated PC with a highly customised Linux distribution, which contained its own LAMP stack with built in CMS. This allowed it to be updated both remotely by support staff & locally by clients themselves.
The systems themselves were able to display slideshows consisting of customised text, graphics and videos, along with menus that could accommodate multiple prices – all of which could be scheduled.
It was a highly successful product which was replaced a few years later by the far more advanced FlexiFi2 product.
If you are using FlexiFi (or any digital signage system) please visit signagebank.com for pre-made stock slides and animations for your displays.
Custom linux distribution that started out as a heavily customised Slackware build, which transitioned over to a completely new Linux based on the Linux From Scratch project. Designed to run from CD and provide a number of different interfaces depending on the intended use:
an instant useable desktop with common applications
web-based touchscreen interface for car & multimedia use
server with web-based configuration area for firewall/proxy/file storage use
The system was able to be run “live” direct from a CD or usb key, or installed from the “live” environment to the systems harddrive. Â Each instance could be pre-configured by way of a global config file to match the systems intended use (eg. Car PC installs would run the multimedia touchscreen interface by default).
GiST contained automatic build scripts (Bash) which built the entire system for a chosen architecture (i386 for compatibility with VIA Eden boards) automatically, resulting in a bootable ISO over a period of around 8 hours (circa 2006). This built all facets of the system from the sources of the applications, including all libraries, chroot bootstrap environment, & highly optimised SMP kernel.
Desktop Interface (Gnome)
Internet connectivity via bluetooth enabled mobile phone
Media playback of all common formats
Weather & Clock display
On-screen volume controls
ppp / isdn / adsl internet connection manager with auto-redial
dns forwarding with cache
samba / smbd fileshares
DHCP/BootP/tftp server (allowing for instant diskless computer labs)
Development stalled once a shift to i686 architecture became increasingly necessary & other ‘easy’ distributions such as Smoothwall & SME Server became more mainstream.
Linux Systems Administrator with backgrounds in Web Development, Databases, and Graphics