A Pokemon Go user plays the game while on a hike at Zion Canyon, Utah. Image: Tydence Davis, CC BY 2.0
Can games like Pokemon Go get people to care about their smartphones and nature at the same time? University of Tasmania’s Jessie Buettel and Barry Brook explore how augmented reality games can be a force for conservation.
People have been avidly collecting Pokémon creatures in various media formats for two decades, so it was a logical move to use smartphone technology to turn the franchise into a “mobile augmented reality” (MAR) gaming app.
In Pieces is an interactive exhibition turned study into 30 of the world’s most interesting but unfortunately endangered species — their survivals laying literally, in pieces. Some stunning mograph and very clever coding in entirely CSS.
Each shape is being morphed, moved and toyed with by a new set of co-ordinates, and as they are maintained as triangles throughout, this means 3 points, with CSS transitions to link up the movements. No tricks or tools have been used to get the illustrated results, code-wise or graphically. Point by point, shape by shape, each one has been handcrafted via a personally-created tracing JS function after illustration.
Here is the next generation of Floating Forecaster, the Floating Orchestra.
The Idea: 19 spheres come to life, as you become a supernatural conductor. Each ball becomes an orchestral instrument that increases in volume as it physically rises. You can create your own soundscape whilst the balls levitate and dance to the music.
This is currently controlled via the touch screen of an iPhone, however, it may soon be naturally controlled with your movement.
It’s proven to be hugely successful in engaging the public of all ages. A fun and engaging experience, that mixes digital technology with the physical world. There’s something intrinsically captivating about a levitating sphere and to have direct control over those spheres is a magical experience.
This revised version of the Floating Forecaster was most recently exhibited in Brighton Dome and filmed in the studio.
In the near future, multiple devices equipped with facial, vocal and biometric sensors utilizing affective computing will be competing to analyze and influence our feelings. These capabilities may simply appear via firmware upgrades in products we already use. Apple, for instance, recently purchased Emotient, one of the leading companies focused on facial recognition utilizing artificial intelligence (AI). Soon you won’t need to prompt SIRI, but simply respond when “she” says, “Your expression seems sad — should I download Trainwreck from iTunes?”