In the past couple of sessions for our CATH project, we’ve refined ideas further, talked lots and sketched and drawn. We’ve now come up with a core idea we’re working on for the remainder of the time on the project.
Here’s what I’m working on at the moment.
Last Tuesday I ran sessions at TeenTech in Bristol on designing an app. The sessions were run for 300 12- and-13-year-olds (and their teachers), with Justyn Spooner from Bright Yak. TeenTech helps young teenagers see the career possibilities in science, technology, engineering, maths – and the arts.
One weekend in the middle of February, we ran a hack session to make a first useable prototype of our book for the Library of Lost Books – a talking, gesture-responsive book.
Our aim was to put together the elements we’ve each been working on: story and audio; Lilypad Arduino; gesture detection; getting iPhone and Arduino talking to each other to share data – and to combine them in a physical book.
“There are almost a million feet of sound effects film in the sound library of the First National studios. This library covers a multitude of sins– as well as joys, sorrows and train effects…
“But in the library there is not one record of the human kiss.”
– A Library of Sound Effects, The Picturegoer’s Who’s Who and Encyclopaedia of The Screen To-Day, 1933.
Last year, I was involved in a digital storytelling project for the Tower of London. I worked with children and parents to create their own short, personal stories on iPads – from planning and creating the content, to editing and uploading.
Here are some of the iPad and iPhone apps for storytelling I explored for this project (and some other apps I also think are wonderful for creating stories):