Equator is a massive cross-
disciplinary effort involving
several UK academic
institutions and it contains
a whole load of
fascinating projects. I love things like this – huge
project herds such as MIT’s Oxygen
and Berkeley’s Endeavour (can’t find a working URL for that at the moment).
Equator is focused around “the integration of physical and digital
interaction”. This means they do a load of playing with VR, wearables, location-
aware devices, etc. There’s way too much to it to be able to go into any real
depth – I’m still running frantically around the website going, “Cor, look at
that! No, look at that!” and not paying attention to any one thing long
enough. Until I can focus enough to report on individual projects, here’s a quick
- Virtual/mixed reality:
Augurscope is a location-sensitive viewing portal, viewing from real into
an immersive VR system at UCL. (They’ve had it for years – it was going when I
Simulation of Crowded Spaces runs a gorgeously-rendered realtime simulation
of thousands of avatars wandering through a virtual city.
London takes it upwards to much larger-scale rendering.
These two make me think of various upcoming city-based games; both
The Getaway (which
I mentioned a few
days ago) and
Bristol’s Wearable Computing
project have some nifty toys, especially
PubCrawl, which uses an OnHandPC
(one of Moose‘s favourite toys) combined
with a GPS to tell you where the nearest pub is. Glad to see they’ve got their
priorities in order.
- You know… for kids!:
The Hunting Of The
Snark is just one of
a bunch of
projects that Sussex’s
Interact Lab have been working
on, and all of them make me wish I was seven again.
- But also:
EQUIP is the
middleware platform that most of this stuff runs on.
Domestic Probes are
collections of little objects designed to capture lots of random bits of feedback
about people’s living environments – dream recorders, notepads, pinhole cameras,
etc. It’s mostly low-tech (not a criticism) and looks gorgeous. It’s from the
Royal College of Art.
… and a bunch of other stuff that needs more looking at. It’s all way too cool
to cover easily.