Interact with friends who don't have consoles using a smartphone app
Tell us about your idea
One of the main things we miss during the stay-at-home period is being able to interact with our friends at work and school. Many of us do not have access to many different types of video games or consoles, but smartphones are ubiquitous. There are also many different sensors built into these smartphones like the accelerometer, gyrometer, and others. Each of these sensors can be used to relay the relative position and speed of the phone, and this information turns any phone into a game controller. I would love to be able to use my phone as a game controller and interact with my friends through games that make use of physical motion. It would also be interesting to implement health apps or exercise challenges using these controllers - letting us get exercise and maintain contact with our friends and family.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a computer science and cognitive science student at the University of Virginia. In the past I have volunteered and worked with education nonprofits, and I currently lead Baby Bundles - an initiative to provide equitable access to books and learning materials for preschool aged children. I am also an aspiring product designer, hoping to improve the ways that we interact with tech and each other.
This idea in particular was inspired by a class project at UVa - my friends made an app that allowed them to use their phones as a controller for Mario Kart.