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Wiggle the Eye
interactive seats for physical and social play

Wiggle the Eye is a playful installation that elicits physical and social play. By sitting and wiggling on one of the interactive seats, players control the central streetlight and the vibration motors in other seats. This novel outcome stimulates players to be physically active while sitting, in order to discover what is possible with the installation. The installation is public, so one’s actions influence the experience of other players, resulting in strong social interaction.

Wiggle the Eye was developed as part of the PlayFit design research project, and has been evaluated with more than five hundred users at events, high schools and other public spaces. Teenagers were motivated to start playing in an (inherently) active way, while enjoying themselves in a creative and social way. Creativity, pleasure and social interaction were enhanced while sedentary activity was reduced - a good solution to fight the inactivity problem and a first step to prevent obesity.

This installation was designed and developed by Linda de Valk, Pepijn Rijnbout and Rob Tieben, as part of the PlayFit project and the CRISP I-PE project.

User Evaluations/Exhibitions:

  1. Demo at TU/e Open House
  2. Four-week evaluation at Rooipannen college, Eindhoven
  3. Four-week evaluation at Mondial college, Nijmegen
  4. Demo at Innovation Business Event Eindhoven
  5. Two-week exhibition at Polish Design Festival, Poland
  6. Exhibition during Dutch Technology Week 2014

More information:
  1. Video overview of Wiggle the Eye 2014 | 1 min - Making of (3 min)
  2. Other posts about Wiggle the Eye | BLOG

Walk of Fame
moving through space in a performative way

Walk of Fame is a playful installation which frames moving through space in a performative way. By moving through the camera’s view, the image of a player is recut on top of another recording, creating an unexpected and ludicrous video composition. This novel outcome stimulates players to move their bodies in different ways to create new configurations. The installation is public, so the act of playing and the resulting recordings are visible for others to see, which adds a social and performative quality to the experience. This allows the players to use the installation for the thrill of performing and as a means of communication.

Walk of Fame was developed as part of the PlayFit design research project, and has been evaluated with more than thousand users at events, high schools and other public spaces. Teenagers were motivated to start playing in an (inherently) active way, while enjoying themselves in a creative and social way. Creativity, pleasure and social interaction were enhanced while sedentary activity was reduced - a good solution to fight the inactivity problem and a first step to prevent obesity.

This installation was designed by Rob Tieben as part of the PlayFit project; code development by Jeroen Hoogers as part of his internship.

User Evaluations/Exhibitions:

  1. Exhibition during Dutch Technology Week 2013
  2. Evaluation during E-Moves festival at Dynamo Youth Centre
  3. Four-week evaluation at Mondial College Nijmegen
  4. Demo during Serious Request 2013
  5. Demo at opening Embedded Fitness
  6. Demo at IPON conference
  7. Demo in Z@pplive, live TV show at Dutch national television
  8. Demo at TU/e Experience Day
  9. Exhibition during Dutch Technology Week 2014
  10. Demo at Night of the Nerds 2014
  11. Demo at Conference for Education and Social Media 2014
  12. Demo at Interaction Design for Children (IDC) 2014 Denmark

More information:
  1. Video overview of Walk of Fame 2014 | VIMEO
  2. Other posts about Walk of Fame | BLOG

Walk of Fame at four exhibitions simultaneously!

The Walk of Fame, Wiggle the Eye, and other PlayFit projects have been exhibited at four exhibitions simultaneously this week! TU/e Experience Day, Dutch Technology’s Week Fontys Work in Progress, Night of the Nerds and the Conference for Education and Social Media (NCOSM). Thousands of visitors and players, and a lot of ‘hidden activity’ by convincing people to play in a social way.

Walk of Fame - new video

New video featuring the Walk of Fame

Walk of Fame (and me) live at Dutch television

The Walk of Fame, PlayFit and myself were featured in Z@pplive, a teenager media program on Dutch national television. In the show, teenagers could explore our interactive installations, and I explained a bit about PlayFit.

More information:

  1. Video recording of the television show: uitzending gemist