Archive for July, 2007

Social Play with your Ego
July 21, 2007

During the last 6 months I’ve been working very hard on a new startup where we are trying to build a more efficent and personal way to interact with the internet (and the people using it). In the mean time, we started making simple programs (now usually refered as widgets) to test out technical and conceptual ideas. Our very first was developed for Facebook, the popular social network that’s gaining a lot of attention during these days.

Egotics on Facebook

Egotics, our brand new app, lets you define your own Ego by telling the system what things you Know, Love, Hate or Are. Once you fill up your profile, your friends and the people around you can rate the facts that you had put about yourself, and you can rate your friend’s facts as well.

If you have a facebook account and want to have some fun with this idea, add the Egotics app to your profile and let your friends know about it. This has been an interesting exploration about how can we use the power of social networks to create ludic experiences. If you have any suggestions or detect any bugs, let me know.

E3 stuff
July 16, 2007

So the E3 was finally held in Santa Monica this year, but who cares about this suit-driven event? Certainly not me. Anyhow, two very interesting news woke me up this morning regarding the former “it” event of the game industry:

WiiFit. A new interface to plug into our Wiis so we can feel the joy of dancing and excercising in front of the TV. I just want to state that I love the fact that it seems that we finally have a massive platform for interactive hardware innovation. The Wii is becoming the one and only place where you’ll want to try out games in a more immersive and phyiscal way. Yet, it’s not that standard considering Nintendo is the only manufacturer of peripherals right now.

Finally, E3 also unveiled another elegant proof that Games-are-art-and-there’s-nothing-you-can-say-against-that. Escher inspired Echocrome plays with your perceptual skills of recognizing perspective. Reminds me of a time in my life when my perspective-recognition skills disappeared for a couple of hours and reality became flat just like in a videogame…