How to Design Interactive Outdoor Play, that Survive Harsh Environments?



A new playful IoT (internet of Things) playground have recently opened in Linköping’s kommun. We talk about the design work, and focus on robust technology in IoT and interactive public and outdoor play design.

The playground is designed to be interactive, as well as malleable and adaptable. This way the interactions and play design can change, even after the physical artifacts are in the ground. To do this the design project, Play IT, has focused on play design and interaction design, taking different forms of play into account. We have built hybrid games or hybrid play, in the borderland between computer games and outdoor play, while still avoiding screen interfaces and thereby creating a “heads up” form of gaming, or HUG as it is sometimes reffered to.

The Play IT project is a collaboration between the companies Drakryggen and Ecorado, Linköping municipally, Uppsala university, and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). It is part of IoT Sweden, and funded by Vinnova, Energimyndigheten and Formas.

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Here in the Creative Geek we help semi-professional to professional designers, creators, tinkerers and makers to understand and make games, toys and playful technology. We focus on play, playfulness and interaction, rather than on the games in themselves.

This can include not only computer games and board games, but also such different activities as role playing games, larp, playful IoT, augmented and virtual reality, escape rooms, pervasive games, playground design and even gamification and play based learning.

We are here for you who do not only consume, but also create playful geek culture, in one form or another. If you are a self-defining geek, passionate about creating, this is the place for you!

The channel is hosted by Dr Jon Back, a researcher and play designer with background in interaction design, and a long running focus on creating experiences through games and play.

In this channel, we believe that play is something that’s worth taking seriously. And we believe you think so to!

We try to post weekly, so click on the subscribe button, and tap that little bell, and together we will learn more about making play happen!

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@jonbck
www.jonbck.com

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