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Interactive media is an industry filled with amazing possibilities.

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Interactive media is awesome, its entertaining in ways film can only dream of! For a very long time the only interactivity anyone one got from games is being able to input commands using the old joypad or my personal fav the mouse and keyboard combo. Then along came the Wii and the DS which took interactivity to a whole new level with the motion controls and touch screen. Since then we have seen knock offs and re-adaptation's of both the motion control and the touch screen but for me personally they lacked the edge that I wanted to see, until I saw this that is.


The idea is quite simple, the screen is a "interactive canvas" so it's a material that enables a large number of applications. In this case it's a simple interactive version of Space Invaders that react to the foam balls hitting the aliens in order to kill them in-game. It looks like a whole lot of fun and does have the audience interacting more then with a push of a button.

The game and many other adaptations are apart of a travelling art installation called Guten Touch originally created for the Red Bull Music Academy ’08 that aims to enhance the relationship between people and technology by encouraging them to interact with it. You can find out more information about the project here.


This type of stuff always makes me think that games, while coming a very long way since its birth, still has a very long way to go as far as interacting and innovation is concerned.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

Nice article. I've heard quite a bit about those "Multi-Touch" devices. Some research group at our university likes them too. Games definitely have a long way to go what goes for interactivity not only in-game but also with the user. When though such technology becomes affordable by a common user is another question but technology advances very fast. Let's see what future has in stock.

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Weeman45
Weeman45

Imagine those awesome light flare things in a club! Would be fun to have user-made visuals :D

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kburts
kburts

hah that'd be goood!

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Ben_E
Ben_E

great article, Henley! the last line, I feel the same way. it makes me think the potentials of the technology will soon be limited only by our own brains, which is both scary and beautiful

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum

Its a cool technology, hope it gets past pretty light shows and abstract art, cause that seems to be all anyone in my school does when they try and make a multitouch device.

There is definitely a lot of potential in the technology.

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Six_Ways
Six_Ways

Sorry to nitpick, but possibilities, not possibility's!

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Henley Author
Henley

cheers for that!

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DonBot
DonBot

very nice. amazing.

greetz.

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

Awesome.

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nubblecakes
nubblecakes

Really awesome vidoes. Looks very fun to play with.

What's the song in the second video?

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PhyOS
PhyOS

Very, very nice.

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996

OMFG!!! FINALLY A REALLY FUNNY USE FOR MULTI-TOUCH SCREENS!!!...

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InStars
InStars

Those guys look like smosh :D

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m82sniper
m82sniper

That was pretty damn awesome

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