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Social AR

A multi-player remote AR experience with gesture interaction

Let's Have a BBQ Party in AR During COVID!

Background

Exploration about how could AR make a change for social purpose?
For people trapped at home During the COVID-19, we created a multi-player remote AR experience to foster social connections.
Team Project (5  people), Jan. 2020 - May 2020
Carnegie Mellon University - AR exploration project
My role: Game Flows, Interaction Design, 3D Models, 2D resources, Props

Quick View

Ideations

All about Social

When do people want to socialize and communicate? I found inspiration from people's social life: 
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Party Games
Video Social Games
People social when they: 
Cooperation, Competition, Communication, and Emotion Sharing.

Play-testing

I designed 2 minimal interaction demos to testing on social connections.
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Demo 1:
Grab & Pass cubes
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Demo 2: 2 player holding a balance board
Through play-testing on these demos, we found out how people react and their desire in social activities. 
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User Journey

As the scope was to deliver an experience about in 10 mins, the team brainstormed about how to merge social activities in a storyline.
​And we found the BBQ party could be a delightful and relaxing social scenario.
I designed the player's journey based on BBQ party activities.
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Special about

AR

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Although VR could provide a higher quality environment, there is advantage brought only by AR: 
Bring virtual into reality, player could enjoy the real world at the same time.

 

According to this found, I created physical props of a campfire and a magic box to connect the two remote players. Each of them had a set of props, and they all felt to invite the friend to there own house.

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Magic Box gave player a magical feeling, and let players grab anything they need in the experience.
Campfire provide a delightful atmosphere, and players will cooperation on building campfire together. 
Final Experience

From Demos to Finals

After exploring demos and feedback we got from play-testing, I turned demos into social interactions in the BBQ scenarios.
Construct campfire together
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Demo 1:
Grab & Pass cubes
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Construct campfire together
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Demo 2:
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Players set grill together

Social Highlight Moments

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High-five
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Cook together
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🍷Cheers🍷
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Eat & Feed each other
Takeouts
  1. Always pay attention to the scope, keep narrow down to make a concentrated experience. 

  2. Confused about the design? Time to play-test.

  3. Take advantage of AR: the mix of reality and virtual could bring a wonderful experience.

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