Team Scrub’s 3D Rendered Animation Automatic Card Shuffler/Dealer
INSPIRATION • One day…
PROBLEM • Do you ever get tired of shuffling a pack of cards? Tired of fighting over whose turn it is to deal? A product such as an automatic card shuffler has been used in the consumer market; however it is not extremely popular and it requires you to split the deck into two before shuffling, and it does not deal to players.
HYPOTHESIS • Combining an automatic card shuffler with an automatic card dealer may be just what card players are looking for! No more dropping the cards, no more cheating while shuffling or “setting up the cards.” • These automatic card shufflers are widely used within casinos however they are big, overly priced, and do not deal to players • Our product allows consumers to have the ease of shuffling and dealing done without doing it themselves
PRODUCT • Our card shuffler/dealer will shuffle the cards automatically and it will have an LCD screen allowing different options, and sit on a rotating device which allows an easy deal to each player.
PRODUCT CONT’D • When the deck of cards is inserted, the machine will count the cards (alerting you if cards are missing), and the LCD screen will also allow for options such as number of players, and cards per player. There will also be an option to deal the entire deck of cards depending on the amount of players. If the remaining pack will be used, there will also be a button allowing for quick dispersal of cards and they will sit near the bottom so each player may grab a card when needed (button called “eject”). The LCD screen will also show the number of remaining cards left in the machine
PRODUCT CONT’D • This product will also be battery operated making it portable. Once you insert the deck of cards, you can press a button on the LCD screen that says shuffle, press a button for the number of players, and a button for cards per player (or deal entire deck).
PRODUCT CONT’D • Depending on the number of players, the machine will adjust its angles (90 degrees each rotation if two players, 45 degrees each rotation if four players, and 30 degrees if six players).
PRODUCT CONT’D • Unlike existing card shufflers, you do not need to split the deck into two, you can just insert the deck into the indicated slot and the machine will do the work. If you feel the deck has not been shuffled well (if a new deck is being used) then you can easily hit the shuffle button again and the cards will be shuffled again
PRODUCT CONT’D • The card shuffler/dealer will spit out the amount of specified cards per player, and the games can begin! Once the game has ended, press the deal button to repeat the specified settings (example: four players, thirteen cards each).
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS Computer Visualization • Being able to manipulate a certain product before it is assembled proves to be cost efficient, time efficient, and helps in waste reduction (Saakes, 2006) • It is cost efficient since physical materials are not yet being used and wasted when virtual manipulations are being done • It is also time efficient since doing virtual manipulations takes seconds as opposed to physical manipulations which may take up to a couple of hours • Being able to visualize the automatic card shuffler and dealer would prove to be helpful when creating final product.
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS Economic • By incorporating the automatic card shuffler and automatic card dealer into one unit, consumers will not only save time and money by only having to purchase one item, but they will save their cards from wear and tear/damages • The automatic card shuffler and dealer will also be made for a fraction of what casinos charge, allowing for consumers to buy product without spending ample amounts of money.
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS Ergonomic • Our design of the automatic card shuffler and dealer will be in the form of a rounded edge cube, unlike previous card shufflers or dealers which are made in all different sizes and shapes • Being in the shape of a cube, allows for easier storage as well • The LCD screen allows for easy programming, easy options allows for less confusion (which button does what) and buttons are large enough to press and read as so they do not interfere with other options
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS Gibson’s Affordance Theory • Theory states that: the world is perceived not only in terms of object shapes and spatial relationships but also in terms of object possibilities for action (affordances) — perception drives action. (Gibson, 2008) • We created our product with an interface that makes usage easy for the consumer
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS Gibson’s Affordance Theory Cont’d • The easy lift lid that allows for individual to open and place cards inside will be made see-through so consumers are able to see where the cards sit, and know that it is a lid that opens. The opening where the cards are dealt from is easily distinguishable from any other parts since it is literally a hole in the product (a mouth even) • The LCD screen will light up depending on options the user chooses, making options easy to read and easy to press (with labels indicating what button does what option) • The size and shape of the product will allow ease of moving it from one place to another, along with ease of storage.
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS 3-Stage Model for Perceptual Processing: 1stStage • Information is processed in parallel to extract basic features of the environment: • If the user is looking at the product, they are automatically undergoing parallel processing (independent of what they choose to attend to – extraction of features)
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS 3-Stage Model for Perceptual Processing: 2ndStage • Active processes of pattern, perception pull out structures, and segment the visual scene into regions of different colour, texture, and motion patters • The colour, texture, ability to remember what options do depending on the LCD screen buttons, and the ability of the product to move at different angles depending on the settings
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS 3-Stage Model for Perceptual Processing: 3rdStage • The information is reduced to only a few objects held in visual working memory by active mechanisms of attention to form the basis of visual thinking (Ware, 2004).
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS Gestalt Laws of Pattern Perception • Are rules that describe the way we see patterns in visual displays. There are many laws including: proximity, similarity, connectedness, continuity, symmetry, closure, relative size, and common fate
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS Gestalt Laws of Pattern Perception • Proximity is used when dealing with the LCD screen (since the similar things are grouped together) • Similarity is used since the shapes of the product determine how they are grouped together (the top where the cards are placed, the LCD screen, the mouth where the cards are dispersed) • Continuityis used since the design of the product is smooth, and does not have any shapes or objects that are unidentifiable) (Ware, 2004).
OUR FINDINGS… • Since there was not much information regarding automatic card shufflers/dealers, we decided to conduct our own research using surveys of 50 random individuals • Our questions consisted of: • Do you trust casino dealers? • Do you trust your friends/family when they deal? • Would you purchase a product like this for future use?
OUR RESULTS… • Do you trust casino dealers? • Yes = 44% • No = 50% • Not Affected = 6%
OUR RESULTS… 2. Do you trust your friends/family when they deal? • Yes = 28% • No = 68% • Not Affected = 4%
OUR RESULTS… 3. Would you purchase a product like this for future use? • Yes = 82% • No = 16% • Not Affected = 2%
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