Over the past months I’ve been working on a Xibo server, just for a hobby and see it’s potential. I’ve been working with a UX designer to make a design language that’s simpel yet pretty. I would love to hear your feedback to enhance the experience and let the creative juices flow. I can take rough criticism.
Currently I have five layouts: clock (haven’t really worked on it), calendar, weather, a introduction video and news. The CMS is installed on a webserver and the Android player is running on a Amazon Fire Stick TV (I think I’m gonna try a 4K version just to see if extra horsepower will help run animations smoother). The intro video’s as seen in the video are made by me in After Effects. I’ve uploaded the video to Youtube and marked it as hidden. I’ll take it down in one or two days. And sorry for non-Dutchies: everything is in Dutch. Also sorry for the poor video quality, but it’ll do.
Clock: nothing to really say here. At te moment I’m experimenting with combining the standard digital clock with a modified analog clock without the watchface.
Calendar: now it’s starting to get interesting. This is the first layout that uses a video as an intro to grab attention. It’s suppose to be falling confetti (to illustrate a party). After the intro, we have three tickers: one to grab the image from an RSS feed, one to grab the name, date and location for the event and one to display the date a big bigger.
Weather: again a video to start the layout. It includes falling rain and a sun moving overhead. Next is the weather widget with some CSS to delay the incoming text so you can see a beautiful local picture before seeing the actual current weather. Next layer is another local picture with a forecast written out. The pictures are grabbed randomly from the server with a PHP script, corresponding with the time of day and weather report as shown.
Introduction video: just to test out how video might work. It runs smoothly till a hick-up at the end, but that’s a render error and not a CMS/hardware problem.
News: I’m pretty proud of this one. The intro video is a car slamming into a tree and an ambulance that rushes to the scene. Next are three tickers: one to grab the image that comes with the news item, one to display the headline and one to display the first sentence of the article. My UX designer focussed on this layout the most and I tweaked it a little to make it more pleasing to the eyes.
Not shown: did you know. Right now I’m working on a facts layout that shows a random local fact grabbed from a PHP script. This will most likely look similar to the weather layout. If you have any idea’s, I’d love to hear them!