Project

Spellbound

Misha Sra

Emerging pervasive games use sensors, graphics and networking technologies to provide immersive game experiences integrated with the real world. Existing pervasive games commonly rely on a device screen for providing game-related information, while overlooking opportunities to include new types of contextual interactions like jumping, a punching gesture, or even voice to be used as game inputs. Spellbound is a physical mobile team-based game that aims to nurture a spirit of togetherness. Spellbound takes advantage of the above mentioned opportunities and integrates real-world actions like jumping and spinning with a virtual game world. It also replaces touch-based input with voice interaction and provides glanceable and haptic feedback using custom hardware in the true spirit of social play characteristic of traditional children’s games. Spellbound is a form of digital outdoor gaming that anchors enjoyment on physical action, social interaction, and tangible feedback.

Emerging pervasive games use sensors, graphics and networking technologies to provide immersive game experiences integrated with the real world. Existing pervasive games commonly rely on a device screen for providing game-related information, while overlooking opportunities to include new types of contextual interactions like jumping, a punching gesture, or even voice to be used as game inputs. Spellbound is a physical mobile team-based game that aims to nurture a spirit of togetherness. Spellbound takes advantage of the above mentioned opportunities and integrates real-world actions like jumping and spinning with a virtual game world. It also replaces touch-based input with voice interaction and provides glanceable and haptic feedback using custom hardware in the true spirit of social play characteristic of traditional children’s games. Spellbound is a form of digital outdoor gaming that anchors enjoyment on physical action, social interaction, and tangible feedback.