Last Week at Aalto
Believe it or not, my month at Aalto was coming to an end, with my last week in the office. My week at work was another productive one. I made some good headway into data analysis and writing with Paivi and we are getting a good project steaming along, which is a good outcome to be leaving with.
Another great link up here at Aalto has been chatting with Perttu Hämäläinen, a professor in Computer Games. He is a fairly recent addition to Aalto, but in just a couple of years he has really set up both a great teaching and research community here. I got to chat a lot about teaching philosophy for games students, and also see his research.
What you see here is a very cool set up. Yep, it’s a trampoline. Using Kinect and other sensor technology, he and his team have built up a fun physical environment, with a trampoline and rock climbing wall being the centre. The sensors are then used to monitor participants and insert them into a virtual game world.
The trampoline was a fun one that I had a go of. You need to jump up platforms that get increasingly difficult. The aim is to teach key movements and see if it helps. Me, I just found it super fun and exhausting! Perttu also linked me up with another researcher, so plenty of good things coming from the trip! I will be super busy when I get back making sure it all continues.
Oh, and the picture at the top? While I typically watch either BBC World News or Eurosport (where they have been playing T20 and AFL this week!) I do like to channel surf and find oddball Finnish shows. In this one I truly have NO IDEA what is happening 🙂