Interaction Design – Project Start

After having my tutorial with Steve, I began to look at the sort of route i could take this project in. As i already knew i would be basing it in swimming pools, i made a list of the different types of games that could be brought into such areas. When discussing with Steve, he advised many different ideas and it was nice to see that he was as excited about the idea as i was.  Below are a couple of sketches and ideas sheets showing a brief brainstorm of early concepts.

From this, i kept finding myself looking at one idea in particular  which i thought would be extremely exciting if the system was to be made into a reality. This system was a game for more than one person which includes the use of 3D projected sharks, underwater speakers, and laser guns. As crazy as this sounds, the system would work quite simply. The game requires a person to control a board, which is ran with the use of magnets and sensors. When a magnet (Shaped like a shark) is moved across the board which will be a map of the pool, the 3D holographic shark will be portrayed onto floor of pool. With this, the persons  already in pool will attempt to escape this shark or kill it with laser guns supplied once entering pool. doing so will allow the victor to gain control of the board, hoping to catch his friends. When the shark is killed, or the shark manages to catch the person, speakers which are placed into the flooring of the pool will vibrate, creating bubbles as well as sound effects. To add to theses features, lighting effects will be used. For instance, if the shark is killed, a ray of red light will be shone onto area to create the sense of blood etc.

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Play and Creativity Sessions; Field Module

Week 1; Session 1

Today began by taking a brief insight of how workplace’s are introducing fun and play to their offices. Some of which are very large and well-known companies, such as Google, Lego etc. We were given a sheet of paper with multiple circles on, and then in a small time frame, sketch as many ideas as we could to fit the shape, for example a tennis ball or a bike wheel. Throughout the day we took part in several different thought processes. Another was taking a product, this being a plastic bottle, and finding many uses for it. I came up with many ideas, ranging from playing football with it to using it to collect stationary.

Session 2

This session was based around motivation. We were asked to write down 15 valued experiences (either from past or future) and had to remove the least important until we were left with just 5. The main thing I could see from mine is that the main aspiration of mine is all about money. Owning a company is something I have always wanted from a young age, although not completely knowing what area I would like it in.

Week 2; Session 3

For this session, we started with a task which at first seemed easier than it really was. We were put in groups of 4 and had to attempt the marshmallow challenge. This consists of creating a structure from no more than 20 pieces of spaghetti, a yard of string, a yard of tape and a marshmallow. The aim is to make a frame which has the ability to hold the marshmallow at its highest point. We found that although our final idea was a good one, as soon as the marshmallow was placed on top, it all came crashing down. From taking part in the marshmallow challenge, we then went on to watch a TED presentation which was based around the idea of the marshmallow challenge and went into detail on how children present better ideas and taller structures than those of adults which I found pretty hard to believe.

Session 4

Today’s session was based around our emotional state. We talked about what helps us concentrate and relax. For me I find noise is a huge distraction, along with having any access to social networking sites etc. I was glad to hear that I wasn’t the only to find motivation when I in the shower, when I have managed to take my mind away from work, comes along my better ideas. We then went on to write a poem, with no access to any technology or gadgets, we were advised to take a walk around. As I am not a keen writer I found this pretty difficult.