The Triangle Game is a simple passing game around three bottles in a triangular position. The aim is to pass the ball between gaps, with only two touches of the ball. A player cannot go through the same gap twice in a row. If either player knocks over bottle while playing, the opponent gains a point.
My final project is a buoy which replaces the bottles with an object that can right itself and 'alerts' the players when a point has been scored.
The prototype is based on a video by Shamrock Rovers, a football team in Ireland's premier division. The video is part of an initiative (Football Loves Us) to encourage young people to play more football, in the street, in the park or anywhere.
My concept is to replace the bottles with 'buoys' that right themselves when pushed over. I would like the buoys embedded with sensors so that players (and spectators) can keep track of the scoreline. The sensors would also give visual feedback using lights, indicating a fault or a point scored. You can read more on my concept in week 1.
Early on, I planned to create the relevant parts of the buoy using 3D printing. These parts would need to be assembled with an access point for electronics. For this I explored using threads in week 6.
There would need to be communication between the buoys, perhaps by means of a network, to indicate the status of the game (in play, stopped, restarted) and the movement of the ball (when interacts with other buoys). I've sought to work out the logic for the game which could feature three buoys fitted with sensors. To do this, I've used the loose logic of an if/else statement. You can read more on my concept in week 9.