Duckwatch

A duck rescue game.

Rescue the helpless little duck from drowning. Swim over, grab a hold and bring him to the lighthouse. Be sure to watch out for the obstacles in the water while paddling.

The little duck can paddle with it’s flippers and is controlled by two cranks on a pedestal. A miniproject in the Physical Computing course taken at the masters program Interaction Design at Chalmers University of Technology.

Group 3
Tim, Martin, Onur, Tommi & Emil

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Tweenbots

Here is a fun way for people to interact with robots: Tweenbots!
It’s a project by Kacie Kinzer.
She created a number of small robots, put flags on them with destinations, and then sent them down the street in different directions, relying on people on the streets to help them reach their goals.

Apparently, this worked pretty well! Many of the Tweenbots actually reached their intended destinations. Not even one of the bots was damaged or lost, which I think is incredible given this was in New York!

Read more and watch the clip here!

Tobias Johansson, Group G

Dean Kamen’s Robot Arm

Everybody knows about the concept of replacing parts of the human body for mechanical ones from scifi-movies. These techniques may however be closer to publical release than you think.

Dean Kamen, inventor of the segway, has been working on a prosthetic arm for some time. The arm is special in that it is controlled with the same nerves that a normal arm is “controlled” with. This is done by relocating nerves from the original arm to the breast muscle of a patient thus giving the patient the ability to control this muscle via the same “inputs” as had it been the arm. Sensors are then connected to this muscle, and these sensors are connected to the robotic arm.

References
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/05/dean-kamens-rob/
http://gizmodo.com/243278/dean-kamen-cyborg-arm

It is easy to find out more about on the web.

/Erik Einebrant

Game Controllers


Dual Ballz II


Full Body Experience 5001


Glädjepinne 3000


‘If you play it & you know it hold your hands’

Music Instruments


iBall


Elektrolin


Game Sound Boy


small concert.

Controllers and Instruments Workshop pics.


Controllers..

Instuments..

and play.

All pictures from last weeks workshop are available here.

Georgia Tech Musical Instrument Competition

Gerogia Tech Center for Music Tech hosts an annual competition for new and innovate musical instruments/interfaces and controllers.

See last years entries including the “Double Slide Controller” . Check them out  here.