Karen Brings News of Life-Size Computer Games


Karen Lauritsen, your former DCA advisor, has organized an exciting event at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this Friday featuring the work of UCLAx’s own Scott Hutchinson and Michael Newman.

Here’s the press release:

Cal Poly Science Café Presents Life-Size Computer Game Workshop on Feb. 10

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library will host DIY: Physical Computing at Play, a workshop to create a large-scale, computer-based, interactive game. The workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Kennedy Library’s second-floor lounge. The event is free and open to all skill levels.

Participants will learn how to design and build a game using an Arduinos (an open-source electronics platform) and breadboards (reusable electronic test boards analogous to circuit boards). Participants will also determine the strategy and layout of the physical game board.

The event will culminate with a tennis ball target competition in the stairwell. Scoring monitors will broadcast the players’ success electronically.

The hands-on event is designed to blend the virtual world with physical play and encourage participants to experiment with Arduinos. It will be led by art designers and digital media specialists Scott Hutchinson and Michael J. Newman.

The event is part of the Science Café series and co-sponsored by the Cal Poly Robotics Club. For more information about DIY: Physical Computing at Play and the Science Café series, click here.

Be sure to let any design-minded friends in the SLO area know about what promises to be a memorable event. And for those of you who weren’t able to witness Michael Newman’s TedxUCLA talk in June, you can check it out here.

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