MORE SXSW Interactive & Gaming Expo
The SXSW Interactive Gaming Expo is my favorite event (besides Auditorium Shores Concerts). It combines developers, manufacturers and fans of the gaming culture with its diverse range of events of geek culture with the cross-console video game world. It’s held at Palmer auditorium in Austin (walking distance from my casa) and is kid friendly. The most adorable thing about this is to see little kids geek out on games like my little brothers and I use to back in the day. There was allot to see and explore at the SXSW Gaming Expo so I am going to highlight what I found the most interesting.
Plotagon is the creative animation app that develops students’ skills in critical thinking, creativity and writing. The Plotagon character creator lets students create themselves, famous and notable people, or characters and then the creative writing takes off from there. When I wrote my first play (at 12) I wish I had this app (though in my day we had beepers…not smartphones). I’m so jealous yet excited of kid’s technology now a days! Definitely check out Plotagon especially if you are a teacher; I believe getting kids engaged with creative writing and technology is brilliant!
“Road’s? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!” That quote seems more relevant now than back then because during SXSW the AeroMobil flying car that transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane was introduced. AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass strip or paved surface just a few hundred meters long.*
The current flying car prototype AeroMobil 3.0 incorporates significant improvements and upgrades to the previous pre-prototype AeroMobil 2.5. It is now finalized and has been in regular flight-testing program in real flight conditions since October 2014. The AeroMobil 3.0 is predominantly built from advanced composite material. That includes its body shell, wings, and wheels. It also contains all the main features that are likely to be incorporated into the final product, such as avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system.* The ETA on this for consumers is TBD and with good reason…Austin drivers are already horrible imagine us in the sky…no bueno!
I ran into the Mophie team at the SXSW gaming expo and learned of their SXSW 2015 campaign. I don’t know about you but I constantly run out of a charge on my iPhone. Inspired by tales of St. Bernard rescue dogs in the Swiss Alps, the #mophieRescue Team dispatched Saint Bernard dogs each hour from 12pm through 7pm on March 13th, 14th and 15th to save those in need of a charge. I didn’t get the chance to use this but for those who did I would love to hear how it worked. To rescue your own St. Bernard in your city click here.
Another cool game I didn’t play but stopped by the booth was by Funktronic Labs which is independent game development studio that focuses on bringing creative experiences through games and other interactive media. NOVA-111 is a sci-fi themed turn-based adventure game with a twist of real-time action! Fighting aliens in space for SCIENCE! To learn more about it click here.
At the end of my day I stopped by the Alienware booth because when I worked at Dell I was part of the marketing team when Dell acquired Alienware. There aren’t any new launches of products I believe since CES but they continue to make award winning gaming PCs. True fact: Alienware is credited as being one of the first PC gaming hardware manufacturers.
The SXSW Interactive & Gaming expo seems to have become the comicon or E3 of the south. I have no idea who this guy is but he did Monster Face so he is a winner in my books. This lady in front of the back to the future car…um I have no words except how did that fair in the ATX rain?