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       Playtime accounts for one of the most critical learning periods for children, as they learn how to interact and socialize with their playmates.

       Ballbit Adventure is a game that provides a collaborative environment for children to communicate, cooperate, and empathize through solving challenges in an interactive maze. Each player must drive a robotic ball and work together to complete different tasks that would ultimately lead them to the finish line.

 

       Through the format of a physical racing game, Ballbit Adventure hopes to show the value of face-to-face play experience to counterbalance the disconnected online interactions that children have with video games.

Ballbit Adventure

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A Physical Game for a Collaborative Racing presented in 

Detailed documentation            Extended abstract on ACM

Project for Stefania Druga's "Ai smart toys" class. Made in collaboration with Charlie Zhang

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Ballbitvator

Flipper station

Co-op station

Detachment station

Ballbit gate

Key station

Finish line

Adventure Modules

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Ballbitvator

An elevator for the Ballbits to travel between levels.

Ballbit flipper

The flipper allows the Ballbit casing to adjust orientation (for attachments) 

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Ballbit gate 

Each Ballbit gate requires a special key to unlock

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Module release station

This module is used to detached the collaboration module.

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Key station

This module is used to detached the collaboration module.

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Picking up the keys

Different keys are required to open Ballbit gates. 

Ballbit casing

A shell for the Ballbits to wear. These casings can attach to different modules (magnetically through the metal strip that is not shown in the render).

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Parallel maneuver module 

A Attachment module that connects two Ballbits together to perform certain task as a team.

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Keys

Keys can open Ballbit gates. Each gate requires a different key. Players can attach keys in two different orientation.

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Example setup

There are many ways players can setup their Ballbit adventure! Here is one example.

Process

The following section contains some process photos of earlier versions of Ballbit adventure. For more detailed documentation click 

Ballbit adventure V1 with user testing.

Ballbit adventure V2 testing the Arduino powered contraptions (hover the mouse over the video to play).

Ballbit adventure V2 user testing at Lexington Montessori School.

Ballbit adventure V3 assembling the final prototype.

At CHI PLAY 2019

Goofy process video.

Thank you!