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A method for recreating the physical arrangement of tactile modelling elements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199896D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system which allows a modeler working with an interactive game platform to store the state of that model for later rework or sharing with other experts. The main component that makes this possible is a base station which is loaded with software capable of wirelessly communicating with the interactive game platforms and storing their positions.

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A method for recreating the physical arrangement of tactile modelling elements

Sets of small computers with capabilities for motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication (1) provide a means for modeling a complex set of information by physically arranging groups of interactive game platforms. The resulting model represents relationships by the proximity of an interactive game platform with others.

While interactive game platforms provide a tactile means for many users to interact with and develop a model, it can be difficult to store the state of that model for later rework. Leaving interactive game platforms in their physical modeling space may only be possible in the short term, and means that they cannot be used for other modeling tasks in the meantime.

Ideally a modeler would like to break up the model with the intention of physically recreating it if needed. This could be achieved by taking a drawing or photo of the model, and using it to reposition each individual interactive game platform to recreate the model. This is non-intuitive, inefficient, and error prone.

The disclosed invention allows a nearby base station to store the state of the interactive game platforms, allowing the model to be recreated. The base station could be a laptop or handheld computer device capable of wireless communication with the interactive game platforms.

The components of the solution include a base station which is loaded with appropriate software capable of storing the positions of the interactive game platforms, when instructed, by wirelessly communicating with them. This maintains the state of the model on the base station, allowing the interactive game platforms to be put away or used for another task.

The base station could then use this stored model to help the modeler recreate the model in an interactive game platform. Once the model is electronically stored, it can also be more easily shared with other remote users. The model can also be further analyzed, with specific artifacts exported from the model. The base station's ability to store the model in this way means it can be more easily recreated, shared and reused

The base station has three modes of operation:

1. Set-up mode: This allows an existing model to be recreated by physically arranging the interactive game platforms to reproduce the model. This works as follows:

a. The base station displays a plan view of the model, showing the relative positions of the Interactive game platforms.

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b. Initially each model element in the plan is represented to show it is not currently represented by an interactive game platform in the modeling space, using a color code or other highlighting.

c. The first, blank interactive game platform...