Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Motopet Virtual Pet Project

Please use the comments section of this post to discuss the "Motopet" virtual pet project proposal.


Blogger Dan said...

This is a fun idea, and I can't wait to see it in reality. I like the lighthearted nature of the project.

I'd really like to see you guys take full advantage of the input/output modes discussed in the last class -- the touch screen, the vibrate feature, buttons, speakers, etc. I also think your ideas about networking virtual pets are really cool. Maybe you could have pet-->pet communications -- have one pet teach another a trick, or maybe have a cold go around...

I like the project, and the presentation was wonderful.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Chandan Das said...

I think that the idea for a virtual pet is great. I think that if you guys spent a lot of time on it, it could break ground on how people interact with their phones. Its hard designing an interface through which you can communicate with something that is supposed to respond to that input. I think that if you break ground on clever ways to interact with a pet that lives in a phone, then you might also be able to change the way people communicate with mobile devices in general.

I would suggest offering people the basic inputs, but allowing them to map gestures to different commands for their pets. Pets are a personal thing, and i think just pressing pre-set (i.e. tamagotchi) buttons is a little impersonal.

Also, I was worried about the distractability of having something that makes noise around in say, a meeting or something. It all depends on whether you're targeting adults or children.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Justin Holland said...

I agree completely with what Chandan had to say about interaction. I remember people with their tamagotchi were inseperable and I'm sure with magnitudes of difference in functionality between the tamagotchi and your unit, that it will cause people to have more than a necesstiy based relationship with their phone.

PS. I want a white dog!

6:14 PM  

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