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 🙂