Low Fidelity Prototyping for
Location-based, Social Games
Anne Bowser, Yurong He,
Derek Hansen, Dana Rotman, Jenny Preece
...
The PLACE Approach:
Prototyping Location, Activities, &Collective
Experience
A scalable approach for prototyping
location-...
Why is PLACE needed?
Many apps,
few
prototyping
approaches
Geocaching: A real-life treasure hunt
Floracaching: Geocaching for citizen scientists
We use PLACE to prototype Floracaching
Find
Floracaches
Visit
Floracaches
Scan QR
Codes
Complete
Activities
Earn
Badges
Location
Social
Experience
Activities Time
Problem Space: Condense and Represent
Small scale session
Scale up
Co-design basics: The mapSign Up
Recruitment, Social sharing, Serendipitous discovery
Co-design basics: The mapChoose Activities
After an introduction, participants
choose what they want to do
18
15
20
4
Co-design basics: The map
Elevator
Lounge
Find Floracaches
First a classroom, than a campus wide activity
Co-design basics: The mapVisit Floracaches
Players visit real things
Get feedback, scale up
Start small, scale up, and let the users choose.
Recap
The PLACE Approach:
Prototyping Location,
Activities, &Collective E...
1. Low-fidelity prototypes should not be polished
2. Activities > Interfaces
3. Start small, scale up
4. Testing should be...
And thanks to Ryan Gamett,
Jocelyn Raphael, and Matthew Reid
Thank you!
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  • Low-fidelity Prototyping for Location-based, Social Games

    1. 1. Low Fidelity Prototyping for Location-based, Social Games Anne Bowser, Yurong He, Derek Hansen, Dana Rotman, Jenny Preece CSCW 2012: Mixed Reality Games Workshop
    2. 2. The PLACE Approach: Prototyping Location, Activities, &Collective Experience A scalable approach for prototyping location-based, social games and apps
    3. 3. Why is PLACE needed? Many apps, few prototyping approaches
    4. 4. Geocaching: A real-life treasure hunt
    5. 5. Floracaching: Geocaching for citizen scientists
    6. 6. We use PLACE to prototype Floracaching Find Floracaches Visit Floracaches Scan QR Codes Complete Activities Earn Badges
    7. 7. Location Social Experience Activities Time Problem Space: Condense and Represent
    8. 8. Small scale session
    9. 9. Scale up
    10. 10. Co-design basics: The mapSign Up Recruitment, Social sharing, Serendipitous discovery
    11. 11. Co-design basics: The mapChoose Activities After an introduction, participants choose what they want to do
    12. 12. 18 15 20 4 Co-design basics: The map Elevator Lounge Find Floracaches First a classroom, than a campus wide activity
    13. 13. Co-design basics: The mapVisit Floracaches Players visit real things
    14. 14. Get feedback, scale up
    15. 15. Start small, scale up, and let the users choose. Recap The PLACE Approach: Prototyping Location, Activities, &Collective Experience
    16. 16. 1. Low-fidelity prototypes should not be polished 2. Activities > Interfaces 3. Start small, scale up 4. Testing should be done in the field 5. Respect authentic social experience PLACE Principles
    17. 17. And thanks to Ryan Gamett, Jocelyn Raphael, and Matthew Reid Thank you! Questions?
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