Neighbourhoodie (2010)

Created by Rose Bianchini, David McCallum, and Kathleen Climie:

Be your own Video Game. Neighbourhoodie combines the energy of street games with the thrill of interactive game play. Skipping, tag, hide-and-seek these are all games that are formative and universal in a kids life. However, as young people plug in to new technologies as their methods of communicating, learning and playing, they spend less time interacting with kids in real life. Neighbourhoodie was developed for tweens and teens that appreciate gadgets and are up for some adventurous play. Unlike, other portable game platforms it requires that they leave their living rooms and bedrooms and run, jump and skip in the big beautiful world. Neighbourhoodie is the comfy, hooded garment we all know and love fully outfitted with speakers in the hood, LED lights and other electronics, so that once plugged into an iPod touch or iPhone the world is turned ...

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Created by Rose Bianchini, David McCallum, and Kathleen Climie:

Be your own Video Game. Neighbourhoodie combines the energy of street games with the thrill of interactive game play. Skipping, tag, hide-and-seek these are all games that are formative and universal in a kids life. However, as young people plug in to new technologies as their methods of communicating, learning and playing, they spend less time interacting with kids in real life. Neighbourhoodie was developed for tweens and teens that appreciate gadgets and are up for some adventurous play. Unlike, other portable game platforms it requires that they leave their living rooms and bedrooms and run, jump and skip in the big beautiful world. Neighbourhoodie is the comfy, hooded garment we all know and love fully outfitted with speakers in the hood, LED lights and other electronics, so that once plugged into an iPod touch or iPhone the world is turned into a video game - through the use of light, sound and sensors. We have developed the game Survival Tag as our proof of concept. To play the game, a group of friends, each with their own Neighbourhoodie, would download the Survival Tag app to their iPod Touches or iPhones. Players plug iPods into the Neighbourhoodie. Once players pull their hoods up the countdown for the game begins. One person is IT and proceeds in recruiting others to be IT as well. Game sounds for proximity, reward and death sounds are heard in the hood. LED lights change colours to alert the players of various states such as being tagged and time-out. As a system, the Neighbourhoodie has many potential uses for game play and collective and personal experiences. Imagine educational audio tours, citywide game play or kids playing the same game in different parts of the world and comparing scores. Neighbourhoodie is your gateway to an augmented world.

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