Degree Professional Master in Entertainment Technology
Master Student Paulo Bala Awarded First Place at
||The innovative digital game ‘Keyewai: Last Meal,’ developed by a team of
researchers from the M-ITI, won the first prize in the Innovative
Interface category, at the Game Design
Competition held during the 2015 CHI conference. Paulo Bala, a dual
degree professional master
student in Entertainment Technology, at Universidade da Madeira (UMa) and Carnegie
Mellon University (CMU), led the research team that developed this game during an academic project.
In “Keyewai: Last Meal”, the players embody the
role of a couple stuck on the Island of Keyewai and face its multiple dangers.
The goal is to find scattered pieces of a broken radio, using only a flashlight,
and assemble it to call for help. Team Keyewai, led by Paulo Bala, developed this
innovative two-player computer game that is displayed in a holographic
projection screen placed between the players. The game’s accompanying hardware
also features two eye-trackers that detect the players’ gaze and highlights it
in the screen, acting as the flashlight that the characters use in the game to
reveal hidden objects. This interface design allows a novel playing experience
with face-to-face social interaction and gaze-based interaction with the game.
Developed in five weeks, the game is just an
academic project, according to its creators, with no aspirations to enter the
market yet. Besides Paulo Bala, the team that developed the game within the
Game Design class includes Lucília Nóbrega (Informatics Engineering - MEI),
Guilherme Neves (MEI), Laís Lopes (Interactive Media Design - LDMI), Joana
Morna (MEI), João Camacho (LDMI) and Cristina Freitas (LDMI). These students
were co-supervised by faculty members and researchers Sergi Badia i Bermúdez,
Yoram Chisik, and Monchu Chen, from M-ITI.
CHI is the world's premiere conference on Human
Factors in Computing Systems, organized by the Association
for Computing Machinery and
sponsored by some of the largest technology companies in the world. This is the
fourth consecutive year that M-ITI students are awarded at the CHI conference.
The conference took place in Seoul, South Korea in April.
In the scope of the CMU Portugal Program, MET
is a dual master degree offered by the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at
CMU and the Madeira Interactive-Technologies Institute (M-ITI) at University of