What is the Wisdom Machine
Once the movie finishes playing, the motor hidden in the fortune dispenser pushes one card containing the fortune down from the deck of hidden cards, which the user can pull out.
The setup, ideal for a public space, consists of a coin receiver that collects the donations, a television screen and a fortune dispenser. Since the donator receives a fun, quirky 'fortune' at the end, we called this setup The Wisdom Machine.
How it works
The sequence of events
The intent was to make piecemeal donations fun, interesting and joyful.
The coin receiver has an Arduino board attached to a LED and a light sensor placed strategically under the slit for the coin. When a user puts a coin, the sensor detects momentary darkness which gets the animated movie playing via Processing.