Monthly Archives: May 2014

MTAGIC project releases UI Design Guidelines app!

The MTAGIC Project, which is studying differences in how children and adults interact with touchscreen devices, has released a new open-source app to help developers implement the design recommendations we included in our research papers. Based on findings from our studies of children and adults using mobile touchscreen devices, we found that children have more difficulty successfully acquiring touch targets and making consistent gestures than adults do. We developed recommendations for how to design touchscreen interfaces to increase children’s success, and those are demonstrated in a handy Android app illustrating how to integrate the design recommendations into your own apps. Check out screenshots, a video demo, and the source code itself for the app here.

If you use this app in your own apps or in your research, we want to hear about it! Drop us a line or post a comment here! Of course, citations to the design recommendations we make in our papers are always welcome as well.

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Watch student project video demos from “AI for Computer Games” course.

This Spring I co-taught CAP4053 “Artificial Intelligence for Computer Games” with my colleague Doug Dankel. Doug has taught this course for many years and it’s always been a highly popular tech elective for undergraduates in our department. Doug will be retiring this December, and I’ll be taking on the class. We taught two sections with a total of 56 students. The course focuses on game design and development, and culminates with groups of students developing their own game concepts into a playable demo for a showcase at the end of the semester, “Game Day.” You can see more information about the course in the syllabus.

Check out the final presentations of 10 student groups (shared with permission) here. This course is offered every spring.

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