A location-based archaeology game for primary schoolsRichard Vahrman – LocoMatrix<br />
What you are about to receive<br />An apology<br />Bit of background<br />A video<br />Some geeky stuff (not hardcore)<br ...
What it is (and what it isn’t)<br />if (navigator.geolocation) { navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(success, error);...
Background (Me)<br />
Background (LocoMatrix)<br />
What is (are?) Invisible Buildings?<br />
A Trip to Essex (and then to Kent)<br />
… and off to Billericay<br />
Bottom-up approach<br />
Top-down Piece of Genius<br />
Nuts and Bolts<br />
Metal Detector<br />
Geofizz<br />
Mole Digger<br />
Problems, what Problems?<br />
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  • Project with BU, iPhone / Android / HTML5 – geolocation + canvas
  • Biologist – Musician – Synthesisers – Electronics – Microprocessors – Alarm Systems for the Elderly – Machine Code – Assembler – Forth – C – C++ - HTML – PHPLocomatrix
  • Fat story, FP, GPS, Bluetooth, Nokia, Fruit Farmer, Treasure HuntiPhoneIntern, Richard Smith, HTML5, Canvas, Treasure Hunt
  • BU, TSB, authoring system for mobile phone games for schools, indecision, Treasure Hunt on the go, Symbian plus, Product / Scratch / Curriculum
  • Local schools - BOGfest – Alan Drew – hi-tech projects +GPS – something for the curriculum – visit to Lullingstone – Romans / archaeology / Timeteam / IT /
  • Something that was like a real dig – needed to occupy class for a day - a number (3) games – like time team – stages – metal detect – geofizz – dig – plastic pipesDig – originally something more complex and like a video game with real people – owl / hare / mole etcCommittee too complicated – programmers too much to do
  • Wanted 3D model of what building looks like - Sketch Up – make ruin and geofizz plan – led to results beamed to classroom and Flash game
  • Treasure hunt – HTML5, iPhone user interface, geolocation, fwd, back, links to video, audio, Flash!?You too can play this – treasure.locomatrix.com
  • Pipes / box / flash / animation
  • Simple rubbing out of top layer – could lead to a whole class of games – pairs – 3D rub outCould have an application for real geofizz - students
  • Made out of bits from the other 2 games – needed to be long for detection – what’s the blue bit for – telling children the truth
  • In poor reception area – no connection to WiFi – Zoom boxMeans that each game (page) may take a while to startAnswer – only using AndroidSo build an Android appMore programs moving from computer to web – accounts, project managementMobile network will improve so long-term solution …
  • LocoMatrix - Talk to Async Group

    1. 1. A location-based archaeology game for primary schoolsRichard Vahrman – LocoMatrix<br />
    2. 2. What you are about to receive<br />An apology<br />Bit of background<br />A video<br />Some geeky stuff (not hardcore)<br />And a bit of canvas<br />Maybe look at a post-grad presentation<br />Q&A<br />You to pub, me to rehearsal<br />Soon – BOGfest – play LBGs<br />
    3. 3. What it is (and what it isn’t)<br />if (navigator.geolocation) { navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(success, error); } else { error('not supported'); } <br />http://dev.w3.org/geo/api/spec-source.html<br />A location simulator is helpful<br />
    4. 4. Background (Me)<br />
    5. 5. Background (LocoMatrix)<br />
    6. 6. What is (are?) Invisible Buildings?<br />
    7. 7. A Trip to Essex (and then to Kent)<br />
    8. 8. … and off to Billericay<br />
    9. 9. Bottom-up approach<br />
    10. 10. Top-down Piece of Genius<br />
    11. 11. Nuts and Bolts<br />
    12. 12. Metal Detector<br />
    13. 13. Geofizz<br />
    14. 14. Mole Digger<br />
    15. 15. Problems, what Problems?<br />
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