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I don’t want to put any pressure on Michael and the team over at Carnegie Mellon University, but you guys should be getting an A for your class project this semester. Their Dungeons & Dragons experience called “Surfacescapes” on Microsoft Surface is amazing. This is the future of how computers will aid in board games. Remember, D&D playing aids like this are for serious role playing gamers who might normally use balsa cutouts and not just wimpy printed maps. The computer is has a technical role in the gameplay but the DM and the players are the storytellers. That’s why it doesn’t look exactly like a video game. Not that it isn’t seven shades of wonderful. This is crazy cool stuff for role players – unless your dream is a mashup of Project Natal and LARP. ;)
Surfacescapes Demo Walkthrough from Visual Story TAs on Vimeo.
P.S. When I last talked to the team at PAX, they were planning on bringing this to PAX East this spring. I’ve got my fingers crossed!
Along with Ann Morrison and Giulio Jacucci of HIIT (Helsinki Institute of Information Technology), Dennis Wixon and yours truly will be organizing a second workshop devoted to multitouch, surface computing, and natural user interface at the annual CHI conference. Every year in April, the conference draws a few thousand students, researchers, and practitioners of human-computer interaction. Check out the website and call for position paper here.
Yesterday, Darren David from Stimulant came by the office to show us the Microsoft Local Impact Map on Surface. It’s an application Stimulant created for the Microsoft Citizenship team.
As an industry leader and the world's largest software company, Microsoft has a responsibility to act as a good corporate citizen all around the world. Whether it is complying with local laws and regulations, demonstrating ethical business standards, mitigating risks to the environment, or protecting human rights, Microsoft is committed to being a global leader in corporate social responsibility.
The Microsoft Local Impact Map is an application where individuals can discover program stories and programs from around the world. The Microsoft Surface version of this tool lets groups interact and share learnings with each other. Check it out.