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We Have Won a Red Dot Design Award!

Dec 7th, 2007
November 30th 2007, at 7 PM, Center for Interactive Spaces received the "red dot: best of the best award" for the Wisdom Well (Vidensbrønden) design concept, in the red dot design museum, Singapore.

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Wisdom Well Program Aired on BBC Digital Planet

Jun 20th, 2007

Yesterday the program about the Wisdom Well I spoke of recently was aired on BBC Digital Planet. It features Ole and I talking about the setup, challenges and future potentials of the well. At first I was a little bit sceptical about how it would come out but I think the program was well edited and gave a good grasp of what the project is about.

Listen to the program here. Our part starts at about 15-20 minuttes into the program.

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Going to ACE 2007

Jun 11th, 2007
This week from tuesday to friday I will be attending the ACE2007 conference in Salzburg, Austria together with Kaj Grønbæk, presenting the Wisdom Well project.

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Presented the Wisdom Well at Møllevangsskolen

Jun 8th, 2007
Today I did a presentation of the Wisdom Wells at Møllevangsskolen in Aarhus to some guests from Germany, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

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Wisdom Wells Software Updated

Mar 14th, 2007
The new version supports offline work.

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Wisdom Well handed over to Møllevangsskolen

Dec 5th, 2006
The Wisdom Well was handed over to Møllevangsskolen containing four applications iFloorQuest, iPresenter, Pong and Stepstone.

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Stepstone is shaping up

Sep 16th, 2006

The last couple of months I have been working on an implementation of Stepstone in the Knowledge Wells project. Things are really starting to shape up now and I'm quite excited about the application. The main application is coded in C# which I have gotten to know quite well in the process. It connects to a MySQL database via a third party driver called MySQLDriverCS. The applications like Stepstone, iFloorQuest, a presenter tool and floor Pong is written in Flash and communicates with C#/database via the Flash 8 ExternalInterface technology. Hopefully I will get the time to write a few words about how to embed Flash movies in C#. It hasn't been entirely trival...

Stepstone is a four player game. The game is about answering different questions by stepping on the stones on the floor. Multiple selections can be made using feets and hands and when time is up a collective point score will be displayed. The questions could be about all kinds of subjects like language, math, geography etc. New games can easily be added by teachers and students via the built-in administrator interface. I will write more about the gameplay on the project page when I get the time.

Stepstone in action

Now I'm just looking forward to get it tested in real life with a bunch of kids at the school.

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Knowledge Well Project in Politiken

Aug 23rd, 2006

Yesterday the danish newspaper Politiken came to see the work we have been doing in the Knowledge Well project at InteractiveSpaces. Today the article was published and it gives a brief overview of the things we are currently working on.

A few weeks ago we had a major technical breakthrough when we were able to track the location of the users feet from below. This gives us the opportunity to use the users feet as cursors in the applications running on the well. One of the advantages of this approach is the increased resolution of the tracking since we are using multiple webcams and that it is much more precise than tracking from above. Our quizgame called iFloorQuest has already been ported to the new tracking software and was able to handle 20 kids jumping around on the floor. This is quite an improvement compared to earlier versions.

Below you can watch three girls playing with an early prototype of a new concept called Stepstone. I will write more about it once it have been developed further.

Stepstone in action
Photo by Rasmus Baaner/Politiken.

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