The air pollution level is increasing globally at an alarming rate. In the last two decades, many cities have adopted policies to control the emission of pollutants to the atmosphere as well as to promote sustainable urban developments. However, many of these initiatives have concluded that a long term success would require investing in the environmental literacy of the general population.
Immersed in the mixed reality world of YOKAI, you check into your Tokyo Airbnb to find a Zashiki Warashi, an otherworldly roommate that you must engage and befriend to bridge her world and yours. This particular Yokai is a mischievous house spirit that will attract good fortune and wealth to a household if she is happy – or devastation and ruin if sh
EMERGE·LA is a research project at USC that looks at the changing nature of Los Angeles and its many neighborhoods, designed to give you a voice and us a sense of what is important to you about the city we live in.
The objects of our everyday lives contain stories about the materials they are made from, who designed them, and what they might have been before they assumed their current form. StoryObjects gives a voice to the everyday objects in the USC School of Cinematic Arts building, allowing them to share their embedded stories and histories.
MobZombies is a zombie-fleeing game where a player’s movement controls an avatar in the game space. Players run away from virtual zombies by actually running. The objective of the game is simple: stay alive as a horde of the undead slowly moves towards you. The longer you stay alive, the more zombies appear and the better they get at following you.
The Ice-Time project is a creative response to the perilous state of Earth's ecosystem. Ice, like geology, is a primary indicator of the deep time of our planet’s environment. Ice is also the most visible indicator of the short-term effects of climate change.
LA CitySense proposes to couple air quality sensing kits to bikes, enabling the citizens, to map as they ride recording the pollutant concentration in different areas of the city.
SCI Universe is a large-format touch-based interface designed for the lobby of the new Interactive Media Building at USC School of Cinematic Arts. This interface provides an overview of current activity in the building through both environmental and inhabitant data.
In the Interactive Media Division at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, we experimented to find ways networked communication could augment and amplify the content of classroom education, promoting collaborative processing and retention.
The USC Mobile & Environmental Media Lab is known for its pioneering research efforts in the area of ‘Ambient Storytelling’ through the application of Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality technologies to develop unique interactive location-based experiences. Housed within USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, the lab’s design methodology straddles the cultures of visual storytelling, games, and interaction design. This approach combines conceptual tools of storytelling (dramatic arc, character motivation, conflict, obstacles, and resolution) with the core concerns of game design (systems, procedures, constraints, objectives, resources, core mechanics). The lab's research has explored context- and location-specific mobile storytelling, interactive architecture, vehicular and environmental lifelogging, and automotive experience design in collaborations with a wide range of industry partners including Intel, BMW, Steelcase, Microsoft, Google, and Niantic.
Our current research concepts came out of early research about new models for mobile advertising in which the goal was to create compelling experiences in contrast to the current state of mobile advertising, which relies on banner ads or text messages. The idea of backstory, location and context-specific information about products and objects became a recurrent theme when thinking about new forms of advertising. This became the groundwork for our current research into ambient and mobile storytelling. In addition, the practice of lifelogging, or documenting and broadcasting oneʼs daily activities with wearable computing devices, has been another important focus of our research. However, instead of people documenting their activities, we focus on designing lifelogs for the built environment. These lifelogs for physical spaces combine various building, environmental and human sensor data, as well as collaboratively-authored character development. These elements, when combined, create the groundwork for ambient, mobile storytelling.
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