The Human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) is developing and commercializing technology that improves human computer interaction and by doing so unlocks the power of human intelligence. The HIT Lab NZ conducts research with new emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality, Next Generation Video Conferencing, Immersive Visualization and Human-Robot Interaction. Interaction Design techniques are used to adapt these technologies to the needs of end users and solve real world problems. The end goal is to improve the user experience with technology.
The HITLab recently went to Central Otago to fine tune and demonstrate their new Android App called Goldfield Explorer (working title). Check out the news coverage in the link below.
Today, Wednesday the 3th of July at 2pm, David Altimira will be giving a talk about his PhD research into Exertion Games.
Exertion games combine elements from traditional digital games and physical activity. They can help encourage people to do more physical exercise, which can bring mental, health and social benefits. I am focusing on social non-parallel games: games that are played by two players where the performance of one player affects the other one. As an example I chose to study table tennis. In this context, playing with another player can be engaging. However, players with different skill levels can experience anxiety or boredom, which can lead to a decrease of engagement. I am studying play balancing adjustments that try to equalise the change of winning and support the players' experience. I will present what I have done and what I will do during the PhD and the expected outcome on play balancing adjustments in the context of exertion games.
See you there!
A UC Summer Research Scholarship provides the opportunity for a student to work on a supervised research project for 400 hours (approximately 10 weeks) over the summer period (November 2013 – February 2014).
Students receive a $5,000 stipend.
We have six exciting Summer Scholarship projects at the HIT Lab NZ:
Information about the UC Summer Scholarship programme and the details of all of the projects is available here
Tomorrow, Wednesday the 29th of May, at 2pm, Peter Kan will be giving a seminar on his PhD research, titled "High-Quality Real-Time Global Illumination in Augmented Reality"
The presentation is focused on the topic of high-quality rendering for augmented reality. This topic is held as my PhD research at Vienna University of Technology.
With the aim of achieving visual coherence between virtual and real objects the algorithms for light source estimation, light transport calculation, material simulation, camera optics, and compositing are presented. Other projects from Virtual Reality Group at TU Vienna will be discussed as well. Finally I will describe the user study which is the topic of my research in HITLab NZ.
See you all there!