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We Have Won a Red Dot Design Award!
Wisdom Well Program Aired on BBC Digital Planet
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.
Going to ACE 2007
Presented the Wisdom Well at Møllevangsskolen
Wisdom Wells Software Updated
Wisdom Well handed over to Møllevangsskolen
Stepstone is shaping up
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.
Now I'm just looking forward to get it tested in real life with a bunch of kids at the school.
Knowledge Well Project in Politiken
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.
Photo by Rasmus Baaner/Politiken.
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