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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    From 2013-2015 Mika is a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley


    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab


    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition
    Workshops

    Games Workshop II

    Location: Interface Cultures, Kunstuniversitat Linz, Austria
    Time: 31th May,1st, 2nd June, 2010, 10-17h

    This workshop introduces interaction and physical interface design topics through hans-on projects. Students are asked to plan a game, inspired by words describing physical actions, and develop original physical interfaces for the planned games.

    Four groups were formed during the workshop to work together. Each group picked 3 action keywords and started the game concept using these key words. conductive fabrics, threads and some hand crafting techniques were introduced to support the realization of the planned interface. Participants are challenged to create a game strategy and interface, as well as to learn basic electronics, programming and handcrafting skills.

    Outcome Projects:

    Thumb Fu!

    Tim Devine
    Vasela Mihaylova
    Project website >> http://timdevine.net/thumb-fu/



    Thumb Fu! is super enhanced thumb wrestling.
    We use conductive fabric and thread to create thumb suits. When the characters touch sound effects are triggered. If somebody is pinned down a countdown begins and then a winning fanfare is played.

    Gorilla Chest Drummer

    Mark Mühlberger
    Anca Stirbacu
    Henning Schulze
    project website >> http://minuteman.mur.at/?p=54




    A simple game in which two players with hairy gorilla chest bras face each other and drum their chests to charge their Gorilla-Vigor-Meter™. When it is fully charged – three LEDs will glow, the player is able to hit the other player on his shoulder and score a point. The player who scorse three times first wins.

    Hug Me

    Myrssini Antoniou
    Hugo Camargo
    Bager Akbay


    The Sounds of The Flying Strings

    Ana Cigon
    David Brunnthaler
    Project website >> http://blog.i-am-alive.at/2010/06/08/the-sounds-of-the-flying-strings/


    By throwing a paper plane towards the area of where conductive strings are hanging you trigger a part of a song. After hitting all four strings at least once you can hear the old melancholic song ”Fly me to the moon” by Frank Sinatra.

    more pictures on flickr

    Books mentioned in the course:
    Homo Ludens
    Man, Play, and Games
    The Ambiguity of Play
    Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals
    Half-Real
    Getting Started in Electronics
    Electronic Sensor Circuits And Projects
    The Art of Electronics Student Manual

    Useful Links:
    http://www.fashioningtech.com/
    http://www.electroniccrafts.org/
    http://www.talk2myshirt.com/blog/
    http://www.burdastyle.com/
    Lilypad introduction by Lear Buechley
    Transistor circuits
    Shopping Links:
    www.sparkfun.com
    lessemf.com
    www.plugandwear.com

    2 Comments so far

    1. […] second games workshop by Mika Satomi which took place from May 31st until June 2nd, introduced interaction design and […]

    2. bager on June 12th, 2010

      Thank you Mika, for the great workshop.

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