a short description of daytar pong:
daytar pong is a project, which includes several versions
of pong. It reflects daytars personal and mathematical preferences.
Technically, daytar pong makes use of jreality
a multiplatform modular rendering tool, whose development
is important to Tim.
The current version of daytar pong includes two parts: ToPong and EgoPong. ToPong is a pong for one player, which lives on a
Torus (=doughnut) in 3D space. The movement of the ball is along
geodesics on that torus. Geodesics are locally shortest or straightest
connections of two points. There is a flat version next to the 3D version
in order to get a better understanding for the mathematical content.
(We were thinking of extending ToPong to higher mathematical genii).
ToPong can be played online via a
EgoPong is also a pong for one player, however it lives on a
"flat torus" and hence the geodesics here are just straight lines.
The paddle in a one player torus pong is for us a metaphor for
the individuum and its reaction to its surrounding. We wanted
to carry this metaphor somewhat to its extreme and this lead
to the development of EgoPong.
In other words -the paddle in EgoPong is the head of the player. It is read
in by any simple webcam. The player has to move around in order
to move the paddle. The ball is bounced off with the players own
head. EgoPong is sofar not available for download, but you can
watch a video with Tim playing it. In addition you can play the flat
pong version in an applet.
daytar pong is part of the exhibition: pong.mythos
to Stuttgart, Germany (Würtembergischer Kunstverein) Leipzig, Germany (Games Convention)
and Bern (Switzerland) (Kornhausforum).