Room Racers by student Lieven van Velthoven wins Cinekid Award 2011
The Jury Award for Best New Media Production 2011 of the international Cinekid Youth Media Festival was awarded to Media Technology student Lieven van Velthoven, for his mixed reality game Room Racers. The honour was accompanied by a 7500 Euro cheque.
Mixed Reality Gaming
Room Racers lets you create your own race game tracks by simply placing real stuff on the floor! Race with up to 4 virtual cars around anything you can find in your home. Object detection is completely real-time (so you can change the track during play), checkpoints can be placed to define the route, players can drop in or out of the game at any time, there is even a combat game mode... The system was built around a PC, modified camera and a video projector.
Room Racers was shown on several media festivals. Until January 2012, Room Racers is available to play at the ZKM | Medienmuseum in Karlsruhe, Germany.
(the photograph was thankfully borrowed from a Mediamatic article)