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07 DECEMBER 2014

ActiWait: gamifying a pedestrian crossing with interactive pong game

ActiWait "makes waiting at the crosswalk for the signal to change more fun. The game is played while the light is red for the waiting pedestrians: a touch screen is mounted on two signal posts opposite one another. It is operated with your finger. Modeled after 'Pong', the computer game that has long since become a classic, there are two bars on the display, with which–moved with your finger –a ball can be batted back and forth. You get a point for every time your opponent misses the ball. In other words, this is a classic game with a new look and, perhaps most surprising, in a very different environment. Another charming part of the game: the opponents meet completely spontaneously and randomly, without knowing each other.

The idea for the project was first visualized in 2012 in a short video clip, in which the situation was simulated to look very life–like. In actual fact, the video presentation was a perfectly crafted synthesis of animation and real images. The simulation was developed on the computer and projected onto the traffic–signal buttons filmed with a green screen."

(HAWK Press Office)

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2012 • ActiWait • Christiane Dienel • computer gamecrosswalkdesign prototypedesign student projectdesigning experiencesgamificationGermany • HAWK Hildesheim • HAWK Hochschule fur angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst • Hildesheim • Holger Michel • Ingo Meyer • interaction designMasters studentspedestrian crossingplayPongproduct designpublic spacepublic space use • Stefan Woelwer • StreetPong (prototype) • traffic intersectiontraffic light • traffic light button • traffic signal • University of Applied Sciences and Arts • urban infrastructure • urban interaction • user interactions • wireless connection

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Simon Perkins
28 MARCH 2014

Bath-water video game touchscreen makes a splash

"The AquaTop Display projects an image onto a water-filled bath. Users dip their hands in to control a computer game. Hand movements are detected by a Microsoft Kinect camera. The data collected is then translated into instructions that control the game. The fountains are driven by playing a low sound through waterproofed speakers at the bottom of the bath. Users can interact with the display from above or below the water's surface."

(BBC News, 28 November 2013)

[Researchers at The Koike Laboratory at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo have made a bath-water touchscreen that combines Microsoft Kinect camera to sense use interactions. The item was reported Laura-Jane Rich for the BBC2 Click programme.]

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2013 • AquaTop Display • bathbathtub • bathwater • BBC Click • BBC2computer gamedepth-sensing cameradigital media experiences • Hideki Koike • interactive environmentsinteractive experienceinteractive installationinteractive projectioninteractive visualisation • interactive water surface • Kinect for Xbox 360 • Koike Laboratory • Laura-Jane Rich • liquid • liquid touchscreen • Microsoft Kinectmicrosoft kinect camera • Ngoc Hong Ha (Shin) Phuong • projection mappingreactive graphicsreal-time interactivity • Shingo Yamano • Tokyotouchscreen • University of Electro-Communications • video gamewater • waterproof speaker • Yasushi Matoba

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Simon Perkins
01 OCTOBER 2012

Rocksmith: guitar game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

"Introducing the next stage in the evolution of the guitar game. Rocksmith™, the first and only game where you can plug ANY real guitar into your PC/MAC, Xbox 360® or PlayStation®3 system, and actually learn while you play.

When we say any guitar we mean any guitar. Whether it's the guitar sitting in your attic, your cherished faithful steed, or the guitar you have yet to buy..."

(Ubisoft Entertainment)

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2012 • authentic experience • bass guitar • computer gameconvergencedeviceelectric guitarguitarguitar gameinteraction designinteractive music gameslearn by doing • learn while you play • musical instrument • physical guitar • physical interactionphysical interfacesplayingPlaystation 3product designre-purposereal thingrock music • Rocksmith (game) • simulating interactions • Ubisoft Entertainment • usabilityvideo gamevideogames and playXbox 360

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Simon Perkins
18 JUNE 2012

6th Annual International Conference on Computer Games Multimedia & Allied Technologies

"Annual International Conference on Computer Games, Multimedia and Allied Technology raises a platform for the Asian Gaming Community to realize, recognize, and reveal the technological interplay at work behind the immersive and compelling world of gaming. The conference mantles the experience, expertise, and technological know–how flowing in from academicians, researchers, and industry professionals and provides an apt platform for view and review.

The Conference Themes on Animation,Multimedia, IPTV, Edutainment, Mobile, Virtual Reality nunciating [sic] the evident convergence of technology while focusing on the differing facets of the gaming industry. The world of gaming is a result of numerous technologies, game tools and systems, the conference strives to discuss the technological advances, perspectives of future developments, and innovative applications while exploring the key concerns and issues related to Game security and Game regulations."

(Global Science & Technology Forum, Singapore)

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2012animation • Asian Gaming Community • audio design for games • computer gamecomputer games • Computer Games Multimedia and Allied Technology (conference) • conferenceconvergencediegesis • edutainment • future developments • game design • game production • game programming • game regulations • game security • game systems • game tools • games • gaming community • gaming industry • Global Science and Technology Forum GSTF • immersive • innovative applications • IPTVmobile • mobile gaming • multimediaSingapore • technical sessions • technological advances • technological interplay • technological know-howtechnologiestechnologytechnology convergencevirtual reality • world of gaming

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Simon Perkins
26 FEBRUARY 2012

Social networking sites: devoid of cohesive narratives

Baroness Susan Greenfield "told the House of Lords that children's experiences on social networking sites 'are devoid of cohesive narrative and long–term significance. As a consequence, the mid–21st century mind might almost be infantilised, characterised by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathise and a shaky sense of identity'.

Arguing that social network sites are putting attention span in jeopardy, she said: 'If the young brain is exposed from the outset to a world of fast action and reaction, of instant new screen images flashing up with the press of a key, such rapid interchange might accustom the brain to operate over such timescales. Perhaps when in the real world such responses are not immediately forthcoming, we will see such behaviours and call them attention–deficit disorder. ...

She also warned against 'a much more marked preference for the here–and–now, where the immediacy of an experience trumps any regard for the consequences. After all, whenever you play a computer game, you can always just play it again; everything you do is reversible. The emphasis is on the thrill of the moment, the buzz of rescuing the princess in the game. No care is given for the princess herself, for the content or for any long–term significance, because there is none."

(Patrick Wintour, political editor guardian.co.uk, 24 February 2009)

2) Leading neuroscientist Lady Greenfield on the impact of spending hours in front of the computer and what makes a friend.

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21st centuryattention spanattention-deficit disorderBebobrain • buzz • cohesive narrativescomputer game • consequence • consequencesexperienceFacebookfast actiongames • here-and-now • House of Lords • human mind • hypermediacyimmediacyimmediacy of experience • inability to empathise • infantilised • information in context • jeopardy • knowledge construction • long-term significance • narrative • new screen images • no care • play • play it again • press of a key • princess • rapid interchange • reaction • responses • reversible • screen culture • screen life • screen world • sensationalism • sense of identity • short attention span • social construction of knowledgesocial networking servicesocial networking sitessound biteSusan Greenfield • thrill of the moment • young brains

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Simon Perkins
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