The project was inspired by the notion of a temporary, magical social space. It resulted in a tangible interface in the form of an umbrella that reacts to sound, movement, and tactile input. The result is a playful experience with the umbrella that can be shared as participants hide from the rain (thus creating an impromptu social space) and explore their umbrella's "magic" functionality together
The Digital World and Image Group focuses on two main areas: virtual spaces and real-time imagery gathered from them. We see game spaces and game media as important forms of self-expression. That is why we work to improve creative access and the expressive range available in interactive digital media such as games. Research is conducted in a combination of theory, analysis, and practical experimentation.