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Designing Playful Interactive Installations for Urban Environments - The SwingScape Experience.

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This paper discusses design issues in the development of playful outdoor interactive installations featuring kinesthetic interaction and immersive music experiences. The research is based on the development and evaluation of the novel SwingScape installation, which is a permanent installation at an urban playground. The objectives of SwingScape are to encourage physical activity as well as creating a playful and social experience in an urban space. The interaction techniques include movement sensors built into swings, LED lights, and an ambient loudspeaker system covering approx. 180 square meters. The design issues include: creating playful and collective interaction, making a familiar swing interaction simulate the experience of a music mixing board, providing gentle integration of multimedia (light and sound) in the atmosphere of an urban space, and finally making installations robust and safe for an urban outdoor setting. The SwingScape installation has been developed in three phases for quite different urban settings, and the experiences from these are generalised to contribute to a foundation for design of interactive urban installations.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Pages (from-to)230-245
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAdvances in Computer Entertainment - Crown Plaza, Katmandu, Nepal
Duration: 1 Nov 20124 Nov 2012
Conference number: 9


ConferenceAdvances in Computer Entertainment
LocationCrown Plaza

Bibliographical note

Title of the vol.: Advances in Computer Entertainment : 9th International Conference, ACE 2012, Kathmandu, Nepal, November 3-5, 2012. Proceedings / ed. by Anton Nijholt, Teresa Romao, Dennis Reidsma.
ISBN: 978-3-642-34291-2, 978-3-642-34292-9

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