artThings at Create-a-con 2019

Mon, 11 Mar 2019

artThings at Create-a-con 2019

Saturday 9th March saw Leicester's regular Create-a-con event at the LCB Depot. Among the exhibitors were Leicester Hackspace, R10 Music Collective and Interact Digital Arts. I was showing off some work in progress made using artThings technology. There was the large "LOL" light piece in the LCD Depot window; the connected "Colloquy" 3D printed works I last showed at In The Dark; and some new work that uses artThings to allow you to use your mobile phone as a controller for a big-screen video game.

This last piece is based around technology I have developed to allow people to interact with digital artworks via a mobile device. For a project to help celebrate 50 years since the first moon landing, it's being adapted to allow you to control video games on large public screens. The idea is that you scan a QR code, or enter a short web address, and then get to control old-school video games from your mobile.

It's still work-in-progress, but it was very useful to be able to test the technology out with live users. In general, it performed well. Even my simple game drew a crowd! I look forward to seeing what happens when we give the technology to *real* games developers!

See pictures from the event at https://www.flickr.com/photos/seancuttlefish/albums/72157703978179732

Author: Sean Clark

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