C-UBI is a game involving two or more players. Born as a reinterpretation of the classic hide-and-seek, it is based on small cubes and integrates sound as a means of support to the finding. One player hides one cube, the other player/s must find it following the sound that the hidden cube emits. The game is timed, whoever finds the hidden cube first wins. In case time runs out before the cube is found, the hidden cube will emit a constant sound so that it can be found easily.
/ Interface and Interaction Modality
Users are guided in the use of the game by to two displays, one for each cube, which progressively give instructions to them. Once the main cube is hidden, players must make use of both sight and hearing to find the hidden cube. In the main cube, in fact, a buzzer is inserted, which progressively emits "beep" sounds, closer and closer together over time. The player's display, once the game has started, shows the countdown within which players can find the hidden cube. If no player finds the cube, the cube itself will emit a constant sound so that it will be easily found.
/ User Experience
C-UBI is a multi-player game that, using two or more cubes, engage the senses of both sight and hearing to find the hidden cube. There is only one switch on the cubes to turn them on. Information and countdown are presented to users through two displays, one per each cube. All other dynamics are activated by the players through by moving closer or apart the cubes. C-UBI has in fact a system of magnetic sensors that ensure that the different phases of the game are activated following the user's action. Intuitive drawings on one side of the cubes make it easy for players to understand how to trigger the game.
/ Research and Development Context
The prototype has some features dependent on functional needs of the electronic elements used. Imagining to bypass these limitations, possible developments of the game could include:
* the reduction of the size of the object;
* the resizing of the display so as to have a larger area to be dedicated to texts.
C-UBI could also be made entirely of a colored material, maintaining the cube shape but softening some of the edges so as to make the objects more usable by younger children.
/ Source Code (MicroPython)