The purpose of the Casa Communications Team (CasaComm) is to aid and enhance Casa Familiar’s ability to serve the community. The team acts as advisors to provide ideas and solutions to technological issues. These issues revolve around the OptiPortables, which are stationed at Casa Familiar: The Front, South Metro Career Center (SMCC), and Calit2 at UCSD. The team works with Casa Familiar to enhance the connectivity between the OptiPortable locations and also correct other related topics specific to the OptiPortable at the Front. The present focus is on acoustic improvements within The Front as well as assisting in a future education program utilizing the OptiPortable at the same location.
Team A Project
Team A is tasked with sound panel design, sound propagation testing and product construction. Their goal is to design and build a series of sound reflective panels and implement absorbing materials that can be mounted along the walls or ceiling of The Front gallery. They are considering several methods of design presentation, including scale models of the gallery's ceiling layout, allowing them to better understand how the design can be implemented into the gallery without hindering the gallery's functions. They will be experimenting with panel placement for the purposes of optimizing the acoustic environment suitable for The Front's main functions and events.
Team B Project
The Opti-portable Subteam will implement a system for a digital slideshow of artwork for Casa Familiar’s gallery space, the Front. This system will enhance visitors’ experience at the Front by allowing the guests to zoom, or even look up the background information of any particular artwork via the use of the Opti-portable.
Casa Familiar is a non-profit 501(c)(3), community-based organization that has been a powerful source of community activisim in San Ysidro since 1973.