We headed to the Center for Human-Computer Interaction “Black Lab” at the CRC KnowledgeWorks II building to use the OptiTrak motion tracking system.
The OptiTrack is basically a set of infrared cameras that track little reflective balls glued to a pair of empty glasses frames and to a cleverly-designed bunch of tongue depressors. You might be able to make out some of the cameras above Stephanie in this photo.
The ability to walk a path with one's eyes closed is called “path integration.” We played “path integration pictionary” by closing our eyes and trying to walk out paths that looked like randomly-selected items. The OptiTrak captured our motion paths.
Here's a video of Adon's turn:
So far Riley is winning, from her masterful performance of “bird.” Adon gets credit for guessing it.
Here are the bird's eye view plots of some of the other entries:
Riley's winning entry:
Adon's entry (the plot is set up so that the bottom corresponds to where Adon started walking)
(Anthony's guess: a pretty flower)
(James claimed that he was going to guess a balloon, which is the right answer, but no points)
Stephanie's intriguing entry:
(Anthony's guess: a bunny head; or: a biting dinosaur, rotated 45°)
Stephanie says: You are right! My word was rabbit so I drew a bunny head. :)
Anthony's mangled entry:
(Anthony says: sorry, this doesn't look remotely like what I would have drawn with my hands. Curse you, parietal lobe!)
Stephanie guesses: Donut?
(Anthony says: that is a great guess, but unfortunately I had no idea that I was walking in a donut-shaped path)
(The answer is: a drum.
Other guesses were: Africa, a toilet seat, a TV, a tunnel).