Here is an interesting piece by Bram Knaapen, Eva Hopma, Floris Kimman and David Menting. “Interactive Skateable Objects” tries to bring even more interactivity to skateboarding, an already interactive sport. The website has more videos and pictures of these interactive skate-able objects.

As part of the “User Master Class” me and my teammates(3) got the assignment to design a “playful” object that fits in the “Open-ended play” category. The target group were “skate-boarders”. Client: Area51, a skatepark in Eindhoven, duration: 3 week, this iteration: 1 week.

The final design consists out of 4 box-like objects. On both ends of the boxes are distance sensors. The moment a skater jumps over a box an additional row of LEDs will go on. Depending on what side is up the row will be red or blue. When the box is on it’s side both sensors will work and there is the opportunity to “battle”. It’s up to the skaters to think of games to play with it.

More about Interactive Skateable Objects

In the Maker Shed:
Discoverelectronics Kit Crop
DIY Design Electronics Kit