Archive for the ‘Mobile’ Category

Heartlands (‘Ere be Dragons) won the Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Award 2007

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

We (the artist from Active Ingredient, Capra and me from MRL) recently went to Tampere / Finland to collect the “Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Award 2007” for the heartrate-based game Heartlands (previously known as ‘Ere be Dragons).

The judges said “Heartlands (‘Ere Be Dragons) lets us discover a world on top of reality at the rhythm of our heartbeat. While running through nature or urban areas Heartlands augments our senses to perceive our body in an ingenious way. Controlling the game means controlling ourselves and thus our health. Art and technology are very rarely found to be bound to reality this tight, making an ordinary activity like running an exciting and highly motivating task by means of ubiquitous media.

MindTrek turned out to be a very nice conference. Unfortunately I had to work in my hotel room most of the time in order get another project going (see next post). I still managed to get out for a few hours and visited the Moominvalley museum, which brought back lots of childhood memories. You should go there if you ever visit Tampere.

Read a press release or two if you are interested in more details about the award.

Read a recent review of the game on Pocket Gamer and listen to an interview with artist Rachel Jacobs on BBC Radio Nottingham talking about the project. Also make sure to visit the project website and the AI blog.

First offspring of Lovecity

Monday, February 26th, 2007

26.02.2007, 12:20:
Venture, Tongue and View just created the first offspring of Lovecity. Their name is Silly. Welcome new citizen!

Lovecity up and running

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

A child is born: Lovecity, our location based mobile phone game, is up and running and participants are starting to play. Today we received about 250 SMS from players, including some from ourselves.

The last weeks have been a painful but highly rewarding time. I am extremely grateful to work with such a talented and enthusiastic team:

  • Capra and Michael do a great job on the website
  • Matt and Rachel provide the artistic input, polish things up and suffer from several nervous breakdowns (kidding!)
  • Robin and Christoph doing a tremendous job behind the curtains as lovely code monkeys

It’s been a blast. Thank you!

Visit the Lovecity website and join the game if you are from Derby, Leicester or Nottingham. It is live up to the 14th of march.

Out and about in the O.C.

Monday, September 18th, 2006

As part of the Exurban Noir workshop at the Ubicomp 2006 conference, I spent a day out in Orange County. Here is a description of what had been prepared for us:
Group 4: Private Investigations and boats

Guide: Rob W.

“Robert spent 30 years as a federal agent, training in Washington DC. He has been inside the White House at least six times, met several presidents, and got tossed out of Congress for asking too many questions. He once investigated and obtained a conviction of an Orange County congressman. He is a certified fraud examiner. He is now a private investigator based out of Newport Beach, and travels widely for work. He has been conducting investigations for a total of 35 years.

Your Mission

Rob will pick you up at the Marriott after the morning session of the workshop. He will take you for a tour of his office, elaborating on his day-to-day activities as a private investigator. On a normal Sunday afternoon, he’d probably be boating, so take the ferry across Newport Harbor. Visit some yachts. Before dinner, explore Fashion Island with him. He is very flexible about his itinerary, so if there’s anything you’re curious about, be sure to ask!”

Pictures of the day are online at the workshop blog. You can also follow the day by opening this KML for Google Earth (which has MP3 audio in it – works with Quicktime). Molly Steenson, one of my group mates during the workshop, wrote a detailed recap in her blog.
The workshop proceedings are here (PDF) – our position paper is called “The Digital City: Sex, Cams and Scams” and can be found on page 30.

Pre-Mapping a GSM Network

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

I held a talk about Pre-Mapping a GSM Network Environment for a Pervasive Game using Python for Series 60 Phones at the Europython 2006 conference at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.