Design student Adam Henriksson has been awarded a scholarship of SEK 15000 for his degree project titled “Pockit”. He has created a portable motion controller running no graphic games. Instead, the focus is on social interactions between people.
The scholarship is awarded by Almi Företagspartner Nord and Adam Henriksson is recognised for using the design process to the limit in an independent way. The motivation also states that his innovative ways of thinking have contributed to an outcome that creates a very positive presence and interaction between people. The work is conducted in cooperation with game developer Nicklas Nygren from Umeå and the Copenhagen Game Collective.
Adam Henriksson has studied the bachelor’s programme in industrial design at the Umeå Institute of Design. His degree project Pockit is a portable game controller that allows players to focus on each other and the environment around them instead of a screen. Pockit measures parameters like motion and location, and gives feedback through vibration, sound and light. This portable concept enables play everywhere and also encourages everyone to be physical. Since no graphics are needed, games can be as simple as digital versions of rock-paper-scissors, or long as a tournament of magic spell duels.