Interactive Slide

An inflatable slide augmented through interactive technology. A computer vision system detects the movements, actions and attitudes of children to link them with any experience. Infinity of games and educational or ludic experiences may be designed and developed for the surface of the slide.

The Interactive Slide
The Interactive Slide is a large inflatable slide that is augmented with interactive technology. The current configuration has a sliding surface 4 meters wide and 3 meters long, which acts also as an image projection screen. A computer vision system detects the movements, actions and attitudes of children to allow them to play with an interactive experience on the sliding surface of the slide.

The Virtual Mosaic
This is an expressive and fun application especially conceived for children 4 to 8 years old, which nonetheless may appeal to all ages. The application is based on graphical black and white squares that slide from the top to the bottom of the screen. On reaching the bottom they accumulate forming an irregular black and white mosaic. This mosaic, upon reaching a certain height, will lose its lower row hence moving the rest of its rows one level down. This way, the mosaic is ever changing and never fills the whole image. From the top of the slide, children may tint the squares in a certain colour by placing their hands on the surface and “touch” the squares. If they wish to change the colour they only have to take their hands away for a moment and place them back on the surface. In this manner, the coloured falling squares provide colour to the mosaic below. At any one moment, children may plunge down the slide and on arriving to the mosaic they cause a splash of squares that reconfigures the mosaic! Finally, at the lower part of the slide, children may play with the squares to change their position as if it were an abstract and malleable structure.

Developed at: Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Experimentation on Interactive Communication group.
Main researcher: Dr. Narcís Parés.
Project development: 20.04.2007 – 28.09.2007.
Tasks: users detection.
Photos: Narcís Parés.