critical reading for the rude

reactability gaming… to book groups?

Csven points us to SLorpedo. This is a virtual/actual (can we call it AR, “augmented reality” yet?) game that has you doing military ops by placing smart objects near each other on an actual surface. That translates into virtual activity and strategy in Second Life. That’s reactable. Ups octane and ante for/on “Serious Games“.

Okay, lemme brainstorm a minute…

Arphid enabled books. Smart book object things, spimes, that are loaded with metadata. Lets you tag books down to the punctuation, down to the typography. Lets you link blogs and gadgets and books and stock quotes. You tap your book onto somebody else’s to trade links, comments, notes. Trade references, questions, essays. Tap twice to get to the second level — .mp3s of author interviews, .pdfs of notes taken in class or at the book group. You tap your book twice on the gaming table to give the table (and all the other gamers) brief character bios for all the villians in your White Wolf story (links to a .pdf). You tap thrice to put Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix onto Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix… then you compare script to text… and tag objects from the movie with notes that link to passages in your book… that, with a special code, lets you create artifacts in the game. It’s all reactable, your book, your movie, your game. Even your prize item, a limited edition, full-weight and well-balanced replica of Godric Gryffindor’s Basilisk-slicing sword, placed in proximity, trades (not just info!, but) widgets and sound files and a dictionary of Parsel Tongue with your other reactable objects… with your books. With your watch. Librarians, that’s the kind of book club I’d be sure to show up to… wouldn’t you? A virtual, contextual “table” for the reactable objects that auto-orders the table when certain permissive objects are in range…

Yes. I’d show up to such a book club.


June 25, 2007 - Posted by | blogs, books, info sci, info viz, making

1 Comment »

  1. Well, the objects themselves aren’t “smart” in SLorpedo. They’re using a simple visual marking system from what I understand, and when those markings are recorded by the camera and decoded, things like Cartesian and angular coordinates fall out. Not much more. So your brainstorm is, I think, pushing beyond Reactable’s reach, in which case the word may or may not be useful.

    What do you call a device that simply interacts with the virtual world in the way you’re describing? I’ve talked about using real objects to run simulations (in that kirkyan oil spill example), but the devices I’ve been considering are beyond spimes; they have a number of additional constraints (lose one). What you’re discussing now seems to be lodged somewhere between a blogject and a spime. It’s almost as if this is the start of the branch that leads to *yans because spimes aren’t multi-reality objects.

    “can we call it AR, “augmented reality” yet?”

    I’d call this “reverse augmented reality” (which reminds me that I never wrote what I perceived to be *real* “reverse product placement”; which is counter to the way it’s being used).

    Comment by csven | June 25, 2007 | Reply

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