The fAARS Platform, For Augmented Alternate Reality Services and Games

  • Author / Creator
    Gutierrez, Lucio, Al
  • Today, with gaming technology advancing by leaps-and-bounds, we are witnessing the proliferation of games for entertainment and education. Users can easily record their real-world experiences, through affordable smart phones, equipped with accelerometers, GPS receivers, compasses, and cameras. Commodity virtual worlds enable users to socialize, in realistic environments where they simulate real-world activities, or in imaginary worlds where they can play fantasy games. Finally, augmented reality browsers enable users to ‘annotate’ the real world with digital content through their mobile-devices displays. This synergy of technological advances and perceived service opportunities make the design and implementation of Mobile Augmented Alternate Reality Games (MAARGs) a compelling research problem. In this thesis, we present fAARS, an innovative platform that fully exploits these technologies to support the design, development and deployment of a variety of mobile games, including two systematically evaluated games in collaboration with the Psychology Department and the Faculty of Medicine.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Computing Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Stroulia, Eleni (Computing Science)
    • Nikolaidis, Ioanis (Computing Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Hindle, Abram (Computing Science)
    • Rockwell, Geoffrey (Philosophy)