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NFC - RFID Urban game using the touchatag contactless service


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Alcatel-Lucent touchatag organizes an NFC (Near Field Communication) based urban game contest for application developers using the touchatag service. As inspiration, the touchatag team created an urban game an played it, with the info provided in attached presentation. See also
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NFC - RFID Urban game using the touchatag contactless service

  1. 1. “ Capture the Tag” an NFC-based Urban Game powered by touchatag Antwerp, August 2009 By Derk Humblet & the touchatag team
  2. 2. Context: touchatag NFC urban game challenge in cooperation with Mobilkom A1
  3. 3. Capture the Tag an NFC-based Urban Game, powered by touchatag <ul><li>Concept </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from classic game “Capture the Flag” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each of two teams, red & green, is assigned a “flag”—a set location marked by an NFC tag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Several additional ‘neutral node’ tags are located around designated play space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal: Locate and capture the other team’s tag before your own team’s tag is captured </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But that is possible only after your team has captured enough neutral tags </li></ul></ul></ul>Set up with game creator @derk_humblet, and referee @hansdemondt
  4. 4. Capture the Tag Setup <ul><li>Participants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Team Green” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Team Red” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 referees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each team gets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One or more NFC phones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One map of the urban area (Antwerp, Belgium) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Starting Point </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Referee gives a short briefing before game begins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each teams starts from the location of their team’s tag </li></ul></ul>@bowa and Michael Elias at the briefing phase
  5. 5. Capture the Tag Game Play <ul><li>All nodes are initially hidden </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Players only know the location of their own team’s tag </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find and capture neutral nodes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each node has a unique ID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses team’s NFC phone to claim a node </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Claimed nodes can be reclaimed by other team </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Winning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When a team claims enough neutral nodes, the location of other team’s flag is revealed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First team to scan the other team’s tag and correctly answer the question wins! </li></ul></ul>Having found a node, Bram Bogaert touches with his NFC phone
  6. 6. Capture the Tag Neutral Nodes <ul><li>Nodes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each is an NFC tag located at a fixed point somewhere in the city </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To claim a node </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scan with NFC-phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone prompts team with a question. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Correct answer captures node and possibly reveals clue hint to other hidden nodes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Incorrect answer reveals location of the node to opposing team (by text message), and forbids team from attempting to capture this node again for a set time period </li></ul></ul></ul>Touching a NFC tag with an NFC phone @touchatag (Toon Coppens) attempts an answer
  7. 7. Capture the Tag Game Play Scenarios <ul><ul><li>When Team Red captures a neutral node… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team Green gets text message that Red has captured a node </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When Team Red claims a node that is already claimed by Team Green… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team Green gets text message telling which node Team Red has claimed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When Team Red captures the flag… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team Green gets text message telling them that Team Red has won the game </li></ul></ul></ul>Hey, @touchatag and Diether: Only cheaters look up the answers online!
  8. 8. Result <ul><li>We played with 8 people, 2 teams of 4 people </li></ul><ul><li>1 NFC phone per 2 people </li></ul><ul><li>The game lasted just over 1 hour </li></ul><ul><li>Great team building event as well (as far as this is needed in the touchatag team  ) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Inspired to create your own game? <ul><li>Then visit </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>and have a chance to win </li></ul>