So yeah, I've been spelling it wrong haven't I! Damn. Well its digital organism, and its name is Howie.
After changing the idea a few weeks ago from a temperature based organism that was affected by temperature, controlled by light getting to a webcam to an organism that was affected by the data feeds from the archOS.
We just didn't have the time or technical know how to do a project like that, maybe a final year project?
Anyway, first I used the archOS code I used to create a data panel that read off all the important feeds for a project last year and tweaked it so it only read the four feeds we wanted, Rain (feed 22), Windspeed (feed 37), Cold Water (feed 33) and Outside Air Temperature (feed 21).
As I found out last year, the archOS was very temper-mental, and my limited flash data feed code knowledge proved frustrating at the best of times. Spending countless hours changing if and else statements just to get a 'trace' statement to work. And in the end, getting the 'trace' statements worked, which meant I could add a gotoAndPlay(x) statement to move to a new frame with the animation of Howie on.
Unfortunately this proved problems and I was only able to get one feed working and that was the rain, maybe by fluke but the other feeds just weren't playing ball.
Even if all the feeds worked as they rely on the environment the values don't change very drastically in short periods of time, so for the presentation we have made a flash movie showing what would happen if feeds were over the limits, (eg; too hot) to show that something would happen!
We barely had enough time for this organism and it still isn't fully operational. ArchOS data feeds in flash are by no means easy. I think it would be fair to say we gave it our best shot, but a tutorial on data feeds in flash would be very helpful.
If we had more time and a flash guru around we could have got this working 100%, but we weren't far off.