Category Archives: Curatrix

Presentation and finalisation

We completed our presentation and used a turntable of a model of what the watch (which eventually turned into a glove) would look like.
We completed our presentation and used a turntable of a model of what the watch (which eventually turned into a glove) would look like.

We named out game Curatrix which is Latin for Guardian. The final outcome is that the creature, or Guardian, is projected into the real world through a hologram projector in the palm of the glove. The creature’s actions and stats are controlled through different hand motions or through the flip-up screen on the back of the hand.

Inspirations

We were inspired by Neopets - created in 1999 by Adam Powell and Donna Williams - and the idea of caring for a virtual creature
We were inspired by Neopets – created in 1999 by Adam Powell and Donna Williams – and the idea of caring for a virtual creature
The handheld digital pet created by Akihiro Yokio and Aki Maiti made us consider the idea of feeding and caring for your pet as well as battling it with friends
The handheld digital pet created by Akihiro Yokio and Aki Maiti made us consider the idea of feeding and caring for your pet as well as battling it with friends
Pokémon, the eternally popular video game/tv show/movies was also a huge inspiration for us and made us consider the ideas of battling mythical pets
Pokémon, the eternally popular video game/tv show/movies was also a huge inspiration for us and made us consider the ideas of battling mythical pets

To conclude the segment on the virtual pets, we decided to stick with this idea. The pets would be completely customizable, making them unique to each player, and would live within the watch. You would have to feed it, level it up and battle it with friend’s creatures. We ended up calling these creatures Guardians. Below are two examples of Guardians.

fluffydinosaur concept

buggy concept

Conceptualisation

this is what the team before us had managed to complete before we were switched around. they had started thinking about using the watch to physically transport themselves into a digital reality
this is what the team before us had managed to complete before we were switched around. they had started thinking about using the watch to physically transport themselves into a digital reality

Our initial response to the previous team’s ideas were that they were a bit silly. We tried to think of many ways to make the concept of physically entering a digital world seem at least partially plausible but to no avail. It was time to break out the concept wall.

We created 83 different concepts for our Watch Game ranging from practical and realistic to ridiculous and brilliantly whimsical.
We created 83 different concepts for our Watch Game ranging from practical and realistic to ridiculous and brilliantly whimsical.

An concept we really felt drawn to was the idea of bringing the digital world into reality instead of the old idea of making the digital world reality. We looked at many different sources of inspiration