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The MiniMack Scenario at the IPT workshop


The mark 1 scenario

There are two users at a time.

Vee – "the physical user" – is based in the small annexe room outside the Reactor

Anna – "the virtual user" – is based in the Reactor

At the start of the scenario both are already installed at these locations

Vee’s set-up

In the room are physical models of two Mackintosh buildings – the Willow Tea Rooms and the Glasgow School of Art.

Near each model is a short textual commentary that describes it.

Vee is carrying a wireless PDA that displays a map of the room. This shows the positions of the two models as well as the position of the virtual user Anna in the overlaid virtual world (as reported by the Reactor’s tracking system).

Vee is wearing a wireless microphone and headphones through which she can talk to and hear Anna.

Anna’s set-up

The CAVE is displaying a virtual model of the annexe room.)

In this are virtual models of the Willow Tea Rooms and the Glasgow School of Art.

Near each is a short textual commentary.

The world also contains a representation of Vee that is upated from the position of her PDA as reported by Cliff’s low cost indoor tracking system via Equip.

Anna is wearing a microphone (wireless?) through which she can talk to Vee

Anna hears Vee through the Reactor’s speakers.

Their task

Anna and Vee are asked to inspect and discuss the two models.

The two textual commentaries for each object are different – they each have some unique information to impart to the other.

Er … that’s it.


Possible extensions for the mark 2 scenario

Include some kind of invitation phase where Vee invites Anna to take part

Include downloading some location sensitive information about the two models in both the physical and virtual

Use location tracking for some kind of ticketing scenario

Other design thoughts

Passing data about tracking accuracy from Equip to the application and representing it in the interface.


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