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Introduction:What is STARS?A platform for developing computer augmented board
games that integrate mobile devices with an interactive table.
Augment traditional board games with computing functionality.
Consists of a specialized hardware setup and an interaction framework that dynamically couples mobile and stationary i/p and o/p devices with the game table.
Stars Setup-Device ComponentsComponents that are integrated into the
STARS session are:
TableWall DisplayPersonal Digital Assistants.Audio Devices
Game board is displayed on its surface.Tracked by an overhead camera.e.g: InteracTable-a Roomware component.
Shows game relevant public information.Videos or animations can be played-triggered either by a player or by the logic of STARS. Consists Dynawall
Personal Digital Assistants
Used for taking private notes and for administering private data.
Personal Digital AssistantsThe second use for
the PDAs are private communication
channels that allow both a STARS game logic and the players to
send private messages to other players
Players wear ear phones or uses loud speakers.
ConclusionUser ExperiencesKey Features:
Easy to include new devices and modes.Private Communication over audio or PDA
Future Enhancements:Scope could be augmented to include other
domains such as engineering tasks , chemistry or shared Architectural design.