FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF RICHMOND

Fed Chairman Bernanke checks out the Price Stability table. © Unified Field Inc.

NOTICE - This project was completed while working at Unified Field Inc. All rights to the project belong to Unified Field Inc. and the client.
Project Role - Senior Developer

Unified Field was tasked with developing the interactive games and media for an exhibit about the economy and the Federal Reserve at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. I led the software development of a game called Price Stability, a large custom multitouch table that could accommodate up to eight people simultaneously and teaches users about inflation and price stability in the marketplace. A challenging aspect in designing and developing the game was balancing the interests of stakeholders that included a team of Fed economists, a group of educators that ran the exhibit, and ourselves as game and media designers, while making the game fun, collaboraive and educational.

 

The table dimensions were 12' x 3' and could accommodate eight simultaneous users. © Unified Field Inc.

 

The table sans skin. We used four IR cameras and two computers to track touches. TUIO touches were then sent to the computer driving the game, which was spread across four edge-blended projectors. © Unified Field Inc.

 

Users would try to purchase goods and services with limited funds during stable inflation, by dragging items from the center of the table to their interface. © Unified Field Inc.

 

Screenshots from the game, one, two or more players could play the game together or asynchronously. © Unified Field Inc.

 

Full table with all eight interfaces activated. © Unified Field Inc.

 

Purchasing a good or service by dragging it into the interface. © Unified Field Inc.

 

Close-up of the game interface showing some of the draggable elements that allow one to partition time and choose how they make money. © Unified Field Inc.

 

During the "instable inflation mode" prices become instable, the goods and services become harder to grab (or purchase), and the background turns red. © Unified Field Inc.

 

Federal reserve staff play during the opening reception. © Unified Field Inc.