Linking physical interactives through the Internet
Arm-wrestling is a simple sport: sit across any table from a friend or stranger, lock hands, and press as hard as you can. That simplicity and power is what Perfect Prototype helped create with an exciting application of Internet-based haptic technology.
Lynch Exhibits enlisted Perfect Prototype to work with a team from the New York Hall of Science to research and conceptualize a country-wide network of devices that would engage science center visitors in arm-wrestling competition. The result was a technologically clever yet uncomplicated unit for which Perfect Prototype helped design and integrate the software, electronics, and mechanicals.
How it works
To illustrate, a visitor to the New York Hall of Science can activate the arm- wrestling unit’s touch-screen, which finds and broadcasts a waiting competitor at one of a half-dozen science centers. Then they both take hold of the mechanical hand, and when the signal is given, wrestle back and forth while seeing and hearing the opponent on screen until a winner emerges.
A network of collaborators
Perfect Prototype’s Matt Browning is listed as an inventor of the patent-pending interactive.