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The goal of this project was to explore how objects, places, and people can be linked wirelessly. We began discussing how we might approach this task. Will this be for private or public use How many people will be interacting with the project Will we use wireless technologies or a direct connection to the internet What existing applications wil
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l we take advantage of Will our project solve a problem Will it be an art piece Or will it just be for fun One idea was especially appealing to us using a mobile device to make physical changes in a public environment. After briefly exploring the idea of an environmental jukebox , we arrived at the concept of a mobile-controlled game of Connect Four. Connect Four (also known as Four In A Row , Four Up , or Fourplay ) is a one-on-one strategy game. Players take turns dropping their coloured chips into columns, the goal being to make a row of four marbles in any direction. Dimensions of the game board can vary, but the most common are six rows by seven columns. Connect Four  was first trademarked by Milton Bradley in 1974; today, Hasbro sells several different versions of the game. We gradually refined our concept. Users log on to a website and either choose or get assigned a team/colour. Each team gets a limited amount of time to vote on a column; their piece is dropped into the column that received the most votes. The gameplay takes place on a large game board. A robotic system is responsible for dropping the pieces in the selected columns and resetting the board. Users play the game using devices they are already familiar with, and the mechanical feedback is very satisfying; we agreed that this new twist on a classic game could be very rewarding for users. To achieve our goal, we divided the project into three parts...



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