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Let's Knead

Lea Helferich, Jan Hommes
"Let's Knead" is an interactive application in which clay is used for interaction between humans and computers. For this purpose, the computer suggests various shapes to be kneaded by the user. The kneaded figures are recognized and evaluated via a webcam and a neural network. The neural network is based on the data records of Google Quickdraw and acts as a neutral referee. The game can be played alone or against another player. The goal of the research project is to find out to what degree clay, as a haptic input medium, influences the gaming experience and whether the fun of the game can be increased by a competitive component.