I recently added eyeballs, eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows to the wiglet genome, with various breed-able, evolvable attributes associated with them. Here’s a video showing one character with these extra ocular capabilities.
Hey wiggy peeps,
I was recently interviewed on the Versatilist Podcast, by Patrick O’Shea.
In this podcast, Patrick and I kick around lots of ideas on artificial life, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality. I describe my ongoing efforts to develop a kind of self-animated character that can thrive in our highly augmented future.
Here’s an article on Wiggle Planet from the Rivertown Report of the Argus Courier (an online Petaluma magazine):
The Square Panda Playset is an accessory to the iPad that utilizes physical letters and an electronic playset to wirelessly connect to the iPad and engage children in multi-sensory games that explore phonics and basic reading skills.
Our game demo titled “Monster Dance Party” was included in presentations with Square Panda’s release at CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
Check out the video below for a full tour of Monster Dance Party:
This project was a lot of fun, and we’re looking to do more! If you’re interested in developing innovative games and apps that leverage big data with emotionally-resonant dynamic characters that truly have a life of their own, we’d love to talk with you.
– John Lester
Lead Technology Evangelist, Wiggle Planet
Mutation can be fun! (Especially if you’re a wiglet). Tiny Santa and Elfhead wanted to hang out while these wiglets do the mutation dance. Don’t mind them.
Here’s a video:
Stay tooned for a cool announcement coming in the new year (hint: our wiglets will be featured in a kid’s learning toy).
Happy New Year from all of us at the planet that wiggles.
“Petaluma startup’s educational app plays with reality”
What if you could open a book and have the characters spring to life from the pages to play and interact with? It sounds like fantasy, but the creative minds at Petaluma-based Wiggle Planet, are making it reality — an “augmented reality” that has the potential to disrupt the educational and entertainment industries.
Founded by Jeffrey Ventrella in 2012, Wiggle Planet has developed a software platform that allows for the creation of emotionally intelligent animated characters that can inhabit the world around us through geolocation-based augmented reality. Differing from virtual reality, augmented reality is a layer of the digital world on top of the real world. Augmented reality incorporates the real world as opposed to virtual reality that is designed to escape it.
It sounds complex, but for the average person it’s simple. The user downloads a Wiggle Planet app and through it is able to see and interact with a unique variety of animated characters called Wiglets that are “artificially alive.” Through the software they’ve developed, the Wiglets incorporate artificial intelligence, virtual physics and genetic inheritance, which make them completely different from the characters in video games.
“They are dynamic characters that can be used in particular for storytelling,” said John Lester, lead technology evangelist for Wiggle Planet. “They are not pre-programmed or scripted agents. They are artificially alive. They have dynamic, evolving behaviors. And the best way to summarize it is this: it’s augmented reality plus artificial life as an overlay on the physical world.”
Check out the full article for lots of great information!