Building a voice controlled drinks dispenser with Lego and Raspberry Pi

The last two weeks have been the not-quite-Easter Spring school holidays. That meant 16 days to fill with a tech-loving nine year old. We had plenty happening in the first week, but on the second week both my wife and I were back at work, so I got my son working on a project involvingContinue reading “Building a voice controlled drinks dispenser with Lego and Raspberry Pi”

Futurising a retro vending machine

At Bright Signals we were recently commissioned by a client to create a prototype vending machine, incorporating touchscreen product selection and NFC-based payment tokens. The starting point for the machine was to be a late 90s-era Vendo vending machine which had seen better days. The machine had served over 15,000 cans over its career, butContinue reading “Futurising a retro vending machine”

How we did it: Heverlee Sjoelen

  Sjoelen is a shuffleboard game which is popular across Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The game has a fairly complex set of rules that involves sub-turns, tallying points and multiplication. In short, it’s a fun game made surprisingly inaccessible thanks to its scoring mechanism. When Belgian beer brand Heverlee approached us to create aContinue reading “How we did it: Heverlee Sjoelen”

How we did it: Jura phone boxes

Jura is a small island off the west coast of Scotland, home to just over 200 people. The island has one whisky distillery, named after the island, founded in 1810. Earlier this year, the distillery launched an entirely new range. Creative agency Punk came up with the idea of replicating Jura’s three traditional phone boxesContinue reading “How we did it: Jura phone boxes”

How we did it: The Magners #6Stringer guitar

When I joined Bright Signals in the summer of 2015 one of my first projects was to create an interactive exhibit for Magners Cider. The initial brief was pretty wide open, and the idea we settled upon was to create a large acoustic guitar sculpture out of Magners cans. Working with a local sculptor, weContinue reading “How we did it: The Magners #6Stringer guitar”

Rude-olph the animatronic reindeer

Rudolph used to be Santa’s favourite reindeer. But then he got old, flatulent and rude, so Santa had to let him go. These days Rudolph — or “Rude-olph” as he’s now known — earns a crust by entertaining customers in pubs across Scotland. Rude-olph is our latest electronic installation/stunt for Scotland’s most popular beer brand,Continue reading “Rude-olph the animatronic reindeer”