Ric Holland's Blog

IllumiRoom: Peripheral Projected Illusions for Interactive Experiences

IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system that augments the area surrounding a television with projected visualiza­tions to enhance traditional gaming experiences. They investigate how projected visualizations in the periphery can negate, include, or augment the existing physical environ­ment and complement the content displayed on the television screen. Peripheral projected illusions can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new physical gaming experiences. Their system is entirely self-calibrating and is designed to work in any room. They present a detailed exploration of the design space of peripheral projected illusions and demonstrate ways to trigger and drive such illusions from gaming content. They also contribute specific feedback from two groups of target users (10 gamers and 15 game designers); providing insights for enhancing game experiences through peripheral projected illusions.


Project Snooker: Real Game Detection – Testing

PoolLiveAid is a project by Luis Sousa, Ricardo Alves, and J.M.F Rodrigues of University of the Algarve, Portugal.
A snooker project capable of ball, cue and tables detection, for easy learning and move prediction.…


Playing Fruit Ninja on the Displair at CES 2013

Displair, a unique gadget at CES 2013, allows you to turn a misting wall of water vapor into a NUI 3D touchscreen. Here, Jason Gilbert from the Huffington Post plays a game of Fruit Ninja on a Displair.

Introducing the DUO

The DUO is envisioned as a DIY device allowing you to build your own and customize it in any way you choose. Stay tuned for the Kickstarter project.

Leap Motion at SXSW 2013

Interesting to hear from CEO of Leap Motion, Michael Buckwald and his views on NUI applied to highend applications such as Autodesk Maya, MudBox, etc plus Corel Painter to first person shooter game interactions.

Leap Motion apps and interaction

SkunkMonk April 2013

SkunkMonk – Rise of the Creative Technologist

For years, agencies have been the domain of the kings of creative, but the increasing emphasis on technology is creating a new breed of leadership in digital agency ranks. What does this mean for the relevance of traditional or ‘pure’ creatives? Should Technical Directors focus on developing their own creative aptitudes in order to work more effectively with agency CDs? What kinds of skill sets are being sought out there by top recruiters and what are the opportunities available for you to advance your own career? For this first event for 2013, Virtual.Offis brought together a crack team of creative technologists to tackle the tough questions and help connect the audience to more ideas of awesomeness for the growing SkunkMonk community. SkunkMonk is dedicated to advancing the interests of creative and technical leads in digital agency environments.

Samsung Announces Youm Flexible OLED Displays at CES 2013

Bill Buxton keynote on Technology Innovation

This presentation was back in 2011 but still rings so true and goes to show how switched on Bill is to understanding a past, present and future world of humans and technology.

Microsoft IllumiRoom’s Proof-of-Concept – CES 2013