When Tim Thomas isn’t writing code at Uplogix as a senior software developer, he’s writing, acting, producing and occasionally even coding for the Austin theater community.
of Deus Ex Machina, a choose-your-own-adventure retelling of the Oresteia that gave the audience control of the play’s storyline. While the original Oresteia was performed in 458 BC, this version was a little more modern.
The technology builds upon basic web technology. Each screen is simply projecting a full screen web browser…we use WebSockets to tell the screens when to display voting elements and when to change…we chose text messaging because it was the most accessible option. Something like 87 percent of Austin residents have the ability to send and receive text messages. It also has a built in aspect of one phone number, one vote. No need to have users create accounts for the show. We’d like to eventually add voting by other means, but SMS [short message service] is very simple.