Category: Bear Abouts

10
Aug

Bugs Unplugged

We led a making session at the Watershed as part of the Bugs on Film programme. It was an opportunity to test the making elements of the platform. Up until now, we have been testing how the sensors are used with sensors made by designers and artists. This was the first time we had invited […]

9
Mar

World book day at Filton Avenue

This week I ran a workshop at Filton Avenue Primary School to test the new version of Bear Abouts. I’ve been working with creative producer Sarah Warden to plan and deliver the testing workshops. Through the workshop we were both testing the new technology we have developed, and also trying to find how kids use […]

6
Feb

Sensing pages

We have got to some kind of break through in developing the sensors for Bear Abouts -the system recognizes pages and (although basic) it is very very cool. I’ve been working closely with Mark, and (mostly through thier brilliant programming skills) we have developed an algo that detects and translates touch patterns into animations. There’s […]

2
Feb

Sensing

I’ve been working with Mark Wonnacott, who is a unity3d wizz, but also a brilliant game designer and maker. Mark is working on some changes to the Bear Abouts program. This week we have been testing different ways to get touch input to read from objects. First tests with conductive inks: This Bare Conductive tutorial […]

9
Jan

Bear Abouts V2

I found out in December that we have been successful in the 2nd phase of the Bear Abouts project (yay!). This means that I have received further funding from Innovate UK for the storytelling app project I have been working on for a year and a half now. I plan to work with a number […]

10
Jun

Into the Wild

Lots of development on the book app and it also has a name: Bear Abouts! I tested the latest version with participants at Somerset House during the Into the Wild weekend. The app also has a wonderful soundtrack made with a combo of digital sounds and papery noises, which I will share at a later […]

15
Apr

Now Play This

I tested the latest version of the book at Now Play This festival at Somerset House. The book (because of it’s unusually papery interface) was part of the strange controller showcase. It was quite amazing that the device worked, and lasted a day of play with the public, and it was also fun to play […]

15
Apr

Cutting the strings (or re-arranging them a bit)

I say cutting string because there is a string that connects the page through this book by the wonderful Willaim Wondriska I’m looking into how those strings (pages) are deconstructed and reconstructed in books. Dan Collier’s non-hypertext book is full of strings. And, well, ahhem. Hatually, they are just arranged in a non-linear relational way, […]

3
Apr

Flipology

Other things that invite you into the fabric of the book: flipping! Flipology is the science of flips in books. No, I didn’t make up this term. There is a resident flipologist on the streets of San Francisco who performs flipological acts as an art, I have borrowed the term from him. A flipological text […]

5
Mar

Picture-frames, adventure-maps and postcards

Using cultural prompts (a research method I learned here), I made a set of activities which I sent out families. The activity prompts the participant to do something, and contain blank copies of the following: a map, a postcard, and a picture frame. The aim was to gain some perspective on the way in which […]