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Here at Interface3 we think we’ve put together some pretty sweet games for kids to play together.

But we don’t want to to keep them to ourselves.

So last Friday we were delighted to share our games in a class full of kids at the Junior School in George Watson’s College, Edinburgh.

The kids were introduced to the Interface3 ‘I have’ app and it was great to see them enjoy it (the adults had a pretty good time as well!).

We keep hearing from teachers that the multi touch applications on the market don’t encourage collaborative play so we are dedicated to providing apps that get kids playing and learning together. Check out the app for free :http://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/i-have/id461755864?mt=8

This week we’ve also been checking out what is happening with technology around the world and stumbled across this massive smartboard, http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/02/html5-smart-board-attempts-to-out-surface-the-surface/

The demo pretty much speaks for itself, check it out and see what could potentially be the future of multi touch software…

At the discounted price of 69p this app too good to miss.

If you are a coach, or if you love sport, or if you just want to be Gary Lineker, then you need this app.

Basically it allows you to draw on the screen shots of videos you have taken with your iPhone.

So instead of saying to your team, “you should have run from there, to there and around him, passed the ball to him, ran there and then…..”

You can just SHOW them.

So simple.

Get it at; http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coach-assist-videodraw/id478361977?ls=1&mt=8

Also in our weekly round-up of the techno world we came across this interesting little number;

http://io9.com/5857750/why-everybodys-wrong-about-the-future-of-user-interfaces

I’m not sure I could cope in a world without Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja…

Technology is changing both how we work and play.

Technology is moving a breakneck speed, look at this for some ideas about what Microsoft reckon the next steps could be,
http://gizmodo.com/5855388/microsoft-thinks-kinect-will-create-a-minority-report-future

So you all know that here at Interface3 we love playing games and we think this one is pretty snazzy, apparently this game for the iPad involves using game pieces that “conducts the energy from your fingers to the iPad’s display”. Nice. Check it out.
http://gizmodo.com/5855990/ipawn-interactive-pieces-bring-ipad-board-games-to-life/gallery/2

A picture can say a thousand words.
Have you ever tried to explain a game plan to a rugby team or explain to a football player where they went wrong during a match?
Have you ever wanted to just SHOW them?
Say hello to the 2nd Coach Assist App that lets you do just that.

You can freeze a video screen and draw on it.
Just like they do on MOTD.
Simple.
But brilliant.

Coming soon for download….

We had an awesome time putting together these games with PBS this summer.

The finished product is a SMART table application with 5 mini-games and activities.

Designed for pre-school children, they can improve  their math skills by;

Popping balloons with Alpha Pig, baking a cake with Wonder Red, decorating a crown with Princess Pesto, DJ-ing with SuperWHY or joining in a massive game of pinata!

But these games are more than just entertainment.

The multiplayer, multitouch design of these games allows children to play and learn numeric and algebraic skills without even noticing.

Demohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1I4TDY6O-4

Downloadhttp://www.pbs.org/parents/superwhy/supercelebrations/smart/index.html

Following from our adventures at BETT, we’re delighted to be featured in the SMART Technologies eco-system blog this week (original post here):

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Interface3 specializes in developing software for interactive tabletop surfaces. Before it began development for the SMART Table interactive learning center, the company’s primary focus was on developing digital signage and applications for the finance sector.

When the team at Interface3 heard about the SMART Multitouch Application Contest in 2010, they were intrigued by the idea of developing an educational application for the SMART Table – the world’s first interactive table for primary education.

“We were excited about the idea,” says Kate Ho, Managing Director, “It gave us a chance to work with a different sector, and we thought it would be a fun internal project to do. We started by performing research and conducting interviews with primary teachers, and then the list of ideas for the application came out of that – the contest was the start of it all.”

After working closely with primary school teachers to find out what kinds of things they struggled to teach in class, Ho and her team used their research to develop a multitouch, multiuser music game for students aged 4 to 11. The application, called ChromaBeats, won the SMART Multitouch Application Contest and received Premium accreditation from SMART’s Software and Content Accreditation Program.

“It was great working with the SDKs from SMART because they use .NET programming languages, which meant that our skills were transferable because we didn’t have to learn new languages,” says Ho, “And it has been fantastic being able to bounce ideas off the product managers at SMART and benefit from their knowledge of designing for the SMART Table.”

As the winner of the SMART Multitouch Application Contest, Interface3 will be demonstrating the ChromaBeats application in SMART’s booth at BETT 2011, the largest education technology exhibition in the world.

The team at Interface3 already plans to develop a second version of ChromaBeats along with additional applications for the SMART Table. “We’re quite excited about working in this sector – it’s just way more exciting than mortgage applications,” says Ho. “It is so fun to see the sense of accomplishment that children get when they play ChromaBeats on the SMART Table. You can just see their eyes light up. It’s brilliant!”