TimeZone is a first-of-its-kind entertainment venue located in Providence, Rhode Island. Through an international cooperation of teams from the United States, the Netherlands and Belgium, we worked for over a year to construct this unique experience.
They contacted me at the end of 2019 to work out the electronic engineering and embedded software development for the project. It was certainly a challenge working with the US during the pandemic, but hard work prevailed and we were able to open doors in March 2021.
25 game portals
Custom electronics, tens of thousands of lines of code
Then came a phase of testing and prototyping the electronics and sensors. Prototype PCBs went from the breadboard stage to small-scale THT and SMD manufacturing in my reflow oven.
Ultimately I designed a highly modular electronic system composed of low-cost hardware. By engineering and fabricating custom circuit boards, different modules are made that can connect to buttons, sensors, and other human input devices. It becomes easy to develop new games by shuffling around these existing modular components.
The embedded software I made specifically for the project using .NET 5 and C++ and communicates with external APIs and web-based GUIs via JSON & WebSockets.
When the technical part of the project was done, I was able to offer my services in 3D motion graphics and UI design to further polish the product.
TimeZone was a huge coordinated effort and the numbers involved are slightly mind-boggling: