While Twitter is still trending Joggobot, The Age, Australia’s major newspaper, has already reported on our latest project, Wouter’s interactive helmet LumaHelm which features 104 LEDs and a bunch of sensors. The comments flogged in as soon as the story went online in the top news section (the online ‘frontpage’ equivalent) talking about cycling safety and the opportunities the LumaHelm affords (Photo: Craig Sillitoe).
Chad Toprak and Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller speak at the Graduate Research Conference on 14 June 2012 at RMIT University on what it means to do research in the lab and what the expectations are and associated benefits.
Channel 10’s Breakfast TV show will be filming the Joggobot tomorrow morning, Wed 13 June, 7.50am right outside the Exertion Games Lab. The interview with Chad and Floyd will be streamed to the Sydney studio and from there broadcasted live, so tune in tomorrow morning!
Alan’s UnoJoy! project that allows you to turn almost anything into a game controller (great for teaching rapid prototyping!) has just been featured on the frontpage of instructables.com and their newsletter:
The Exertion Games Lab is featured on tonight’s Catalyst program on the ABC1. Catalyst is a science program “that sees science as a dynamic force changing our world”, and will feature the Joggobot project. We are on Thursday, 24 May 8pm and Friday, 25 May 11am, Australian Eastern Standard Time (Melbourne).
Could your future jogging partner be a robot? Graham Phillips dons his trainers and hits the track with the help of a flying machine called Joggobot.–ABC1 website
The Exertion Games Lab’s “Press Nose to Start” event drew a large crowd to celebrate Exertion Games and gave industry and academia a chance to interact to further the field of digital play. Alan and Harry gave great speeches on the future of digital play, and the students of the Radical Games class showcased their provocative game designs that were both novel and made a contribution to our understanding of games. The lab members showed their latest game projects, and used this opportunity to gather feedback from , but also inspired industry in terms of what the future of games should be. Lastly, we celebrated our 8 publications, 4 interactive demonstrations and 1 honourable mention at CHI 2012, and upcoming media coverage in The Age and on ABC1. We thank all our friends and family for supporting us during this time of long-hours and weekends in the lab!
On Monday, the Exertion Games Lab is hosting a special get-together Open House event to celebrate 8 publications (including a Best Paper Honorable Mention) at the CHI conference in the USA and showcase some of our latest creations. Come play a collection of strange and wonderful digital games that focus on physical play!
Featuring both exciting new projects from the lab and games from the Radical Games class as well as international award-winning installations, these games will exert you while also confuse and delight the senses. Bring your friends and ready your noses. Everyone is welcome, pizza provided.
Special thanks to Alan Chatham and Harry Lee for organizing the evening.
Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller and his co-authors received a Best Paper Honorable Mention from the ACM for the “Balancing Exertion Experiences” long paper that was presented at CHI 2012. This means the paper was in the top 5%.