A lot has happened in the last 5 days. The results and insights have been interesting to say the least. The presentation is tomorrow. Starting work on it now. By this time tomorrow, everything should be done.
Was here every night from Friday. Pretty much. Learnt a LOT.
Unity is so good. The learning curve seems similar to that of Cinema[4D].
Just wanted to log this. Have the learnings on the board and in my notes. And of course, Youtube Liked videos. Almost done.
Just got the spawner to destroy spawned balls. Have to give it a force to launch tomorrow.
The paddle movement is working well. Have to constrain it to the 3 locations (left, center and right) tomorrow.
Going to call it a day now. Don’t want to waste the entire day when everyone else is around. Have to check the SDKs for Builds tomorrow as well.
I like the idea of that Wizard of Oz as well. Will help in modifications on the fly.
Have to pick the sounds tomorrow as well.
Something New Every Day.
Biggest today is the Global – Local coordinate system in Unity. Which led me to C4D. WOWOWOW.
Roll-A-Ball is giving a very good understanding of Unity.
Spoke to Sanofer.
Resonance audio seems to make work a whole lot easier.
The bounce is working.
Have to spend some time on the random generation. Looking for a workaround without AI. And then the sound on trigger. Looks promising as it is slowly starting to take shape.
2 weeks to go. Prototyping with Unity doesn’t seem promising. College plan dropped for now as Maya has work. I should start putting things together and that should give me a better picture. Probably a 2 day sprint. I was thinking today was a Tuesday. By EOD, should get the sprint schedule set up.
Discussed with Anjana about the direction of my project. She explained how her project (on sound) had gone, and I got the paper she had written on her work. I will check it out tonight. Habits.
^ This was surprising. 100 days.
Had a fruitful discussion with Paul about prototyping the ping pong concept in Unity. The throwing around helped. Discussed with Mannu as well. It is starting to take shape in my head now. As a concept.
Started putting it down on paper. Will detail it out further. Looking at prototyping techniques.
The idea now is a game, ping pong for now. It will be an audio-only experience where the spatial sound will guide the user/player to move his paddle (phone or daydream controller) to the left or right depending on the sound’s position and hit the ball. The sounds that will come are of the bounce off the floor, the ball hitting the paddle, and the slight sound that travels with the ball, showing the trail. These will be changed and/or revealed in different levels. One level (maybe 3) could have the ball bouncing to the user/player’s left and the trail moving to his right, with the impact point being his right.
The paddle movement will be in steps, with the ball coming in one of 3 positions; left, right or centre. With the levels increasing, the number of steps could increase leading to more accurate movements on the user/player’s end.
Another variation could be the speed with which the ball moves. This could be varied further by changing the speed after it bounces.
The objective is to validate the buckets and also to get quantitative data on how to design with spatial sound.
Pictures on the phone.
Secret Santa took most of my little time in office today. Had a discussion with Mannu. The path forward seems to be building an audio-only experience and testing for the buckets, but that not being the priority.