Lecturer Craig Smith has recently provided graphics and user interface design for ‘Atoms NG’, a fast moving multiplayer turn-based strategy game for iPhone and iPad. You can read more about the project on our projects page.
Lecturer Craig Smith has recently provided graphics and user interface design for ‘Atoms NG’, a fast moving multiplayer turn-based strategy game for iPhone and iPad.
“Part of my contribution for the latest incarnation of the game was to create the branding, promotional video, user interface (UI), and illustrations for human and computer opponents. The graphics really come into their own once you start playing the game, as new Atoms animate, spin and explode on the board. Lead developer John Girvin has also included some eye-catching particle animations, and the board itself warps as Atoms are added and explode across the grid. It’s a game that relies heavily on tactics, yet has a very dynamic ‘feel’ to the gameplay. There’s nothing quite like seeing your atoms ‘chain react’ across the board to win a game against the computer or a friend. Conversely, one slip-up can result in your opponent seizing their opportunity to win!” (Craig Smith, 2014)
Project by: Shelley Bartlette
Shelley Bartlette is urging parents to start talking to their children about the damaging effects of too much loud noise on hearing. Shelley, who developed tinnitus 2 years ago, believes she could have prevented the incurable condition had she been aware of the irreversible affects of too much loud noise exposure.
Shelley said “I genuinely didn’t realise that loud noise could be so harmful on my hearing and now I have lost silence forever. I can’t turn back the clock, but I can use my experience to help others avoid tinnitus”.
Shelley, who works as a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, has recently launched an app for iPhone called Tinnitus Awareness, aimed at parents with young children. Shelley said “I wanted to raise awareness of tinnitus caused by loud noise and provide parents with the facts so they can help protect their children’s hearing for life”.
The app is designed to be both informative and fun, in the hope of parents and their children learning about noise levels together. It includes an interactive sound meter that sees a customisable cartoon face change from happy through to sad depending of the noise level. The device also vibrates in the parent’s pocket to warn them where noise levels are potentially damaging and offers advice and guidance. Tinnitus Awareness isn’t about avoiding noise, it is about raising awareness and understanding of noise limits. Parents really can make a difference to the future of their children’s hearing and the earlier they start talking about this, the better.
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