Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

The Choosatron Deluxe Adventure Matrix

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Description
The Choosatron Deluxe Adventure Matrix is a Wi-Fi connected Choose Your Own Adventure®-inspired story printer, blending digital and analogue storytelling. It is designed to be easily assembled by kids into a small interactive fiction game box, and encourage social reading, learning, and play. As you play, you make decisions that affect the outcome of the story printing out on the thermal paper. This results in a paper scroll artifact, representing a linear, personal path through a much larger story. Unlike paperbound books, but much like life, choices cannot be taken back (at least not on that play-through), giving them a weight that prompts critical thinking.

Hidden inside the very analogue exterior is a Wi-Fi chip, making the Choosatron device both a source and destination for much greater possibilities. Stories will be sent to the Choosatron from cross-platform software, and can be shared with others all over the world. The Choosatron is a way to introduce reading material for assisting with literacy, language learning, and even explore reactions to complex interactive situations. Current story content explores interactive science, such as taking the role of a bee in a hive, and historical discovery, such as exploring Pompeii before the disaster hit.

Beyond introducing educational and fun stories in a novel form, the purpose is also to spark imaginations so the reader may become the writer. A writing app that talks directly to the Choosatron will allow editing and exploring the innards of existing stories; subsequently, the creation of new ones that can be sent to the Choosatron and played without a complex technological barrier.