Interaction With Jungian Archetypes – The Personification of Digital Avatars In Video Games

During the past few months I have been reading Carl Gustav Jung’s – The Red Book.  It is a very cerebral read, one created by digging deep into the mind and exploring our relationships with the world around us.  Jung explores how we deal with ideas and concepts that are very unique to the human condition, concepts that we all share but visualize slightly different.  For example we all have a Shadowy figure that represents the parts of our being that we don’t like and wish to unassociate with. Another example is the concept of Mother and Father, even though on an individual level these figures may vary we all have as humans a core set of Archetypal placeholders.

Jung also brings forth the idea that our Ego is how we visualize ourselves to the outside world and the true Self is this sort of an Archetype as well, but it is one that pertains to us, which we regularly add to and subtract from.  The Ego’s health is based on the projection ( at least this is the way I interpret Jung’s writing) of the Self and how it interacts with the unconscious mind…

Someone who is able to adventure forth through Self on a cerebral/dream like/ altered state or unconscious level interacts with a myriad of Archetypes which represent Myths, Hard to grasp Ideas, Original Thought, Problems, Etc.

I found this idea fascinating and have been thinking about it a lot.

What I find incredible about the idea of Ego projecting Self tackling big problems is it sort personifies the the very nature of Video Games?  Think about it…

1 ) “Ego” wants a sense of adventure – which could represent the initial thought or spark of unconscious dream.

2 ) You find a game that you identify with – which corresponds to the way your perception of the world could work on an unconscious level.

3 ) You pick a character that is suppose to represent you, in the digital world – this again closely resembles this concept of Jungian “Self”

4 ) you visually throw that character into hard to describe problems and situations, that may represent a host of issues in real life, some very well may test your very core or nature in dealing with things like ( Morality, Faith, Justice, Etc. )

5 ) You attempt to beat the game, and or pass the level, solve the problem – this is “Self” interacting and learning from the encounter.

6 ) When you do, or shut the game off… you return to the world/reality and you for the most part… you are different…

Here are some Resources if You want to research further

YOUTUBE OF JUNG DISCUSSION – The Red Book: Part 1

YOUTUBE OF JUNG DISCUSSION – The Red Book: Part 2

WIKI on JUNGIAN ARCHETYPES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungian_archetypes

Good Read:

http://www.starbridge.com.au/en/elearning/transpersonal-counselling-course-module-1/lesson-7-jung-archetypes.htm

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New Technology – Coupled with Mobile App Development – Tony Stark IRON MAN – style

I was reading a Great GitHub post the other day for using the LeapMotion API.  I was immediately blown away by possibilities and future versions of current Mobile Apps I’m building or have built.

With a few modifications one can incorporate hands free navigation.  With a few gadgets like the 3M mobile projector, you have a very futuristic Tony Stark IRON MAN moments.

Think about mobile presentation apps, or apps that go out into a field for agriculture in which the person might not want to touch the screen because their hands are dirty or they have gloves on?

The great part is all of this is possible because the API for using this tech is actually downloadable and usable:

LEAP MOTION

https://developer.leapmotion.com/links

https://github.com/logotype/LeapMotionAS3

3M MOBILE PROJECTOR

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/MobileProductivity/Home/

GOOGLE VOICE COMMAND EXTENSION FOR AIR

http://myappsnippet.com/google-speech-api-air-native-extension/

https://npmjs.org/package/google-speech-api

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When you look at the technology above all of it is currently out in the market place.  The items like the Glass Holographic display plate are pretty expensive, but the 3D glasses are not, so one could imagine substituting the Holographic glass technology with 3D glasses and a 3D TV.

I think the thing that strikes me most about these ideas are they are what Sci-Fi movies have expressed for decades but we have been unable to build, and if we could build them they were by large corporations throwing millions of dollars at the project.

With the links I have posted above, and a skillful Dev team you could build these projects in house for your clients on a case by case basis OR build them in a modular fashion and have for example that iPad app you built last year reconfigured to work with gesture based navigation or large format mobile projection.

 

 

Augmented Reality & Wearable Computing With Programmable Flexible LED

This is going to be a possible Kick Starter Project… The idea is to try and put a flexible LED panel on the front of a simple T-Shirt. If it has to be detachable at this point that’s ok… it could be velcro. The display would display a QR code based on heat, like an old fashioned mood ring. The Augmented Reality app would be built for iPhone, Androids, Windows Mobile and would simply detect the QR code and show Avatar style graphics around the person wearing the T-Shirt. in the drawing I’m showing Wings on the persons back, but the possibilities are as endless a 3D artists imagination.

The great part about the (T-shirt, Flexible LED, QR code mobile viewing APP) Eco-system is it can change based on an Administration app that could be sold with the T-shirt where the user can change the Avatar style 3D graphics. The process could be similar to the personal Avatar builder for the Xbox.

What do you think?

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Projection Hang Glider – A Possible Geeky Way For Promotion

The other day I was driving on the highway and saw an air plane pulling one of those turn-of-the-century “Red Barron style giant banners” in the sky…

Of course no one in their right minds could see the thing driving and then I had an idea… Well I haven’t seen Red Bull do this yet…

How cool would it be to build a giant kite, or glider and build a digital projection system into it so it could project onto the kite material?  Assuming you built it correctly I’m sure you wouldn’t have the same legal a federal restriction on flying, and you wouldn’t have to worry about gas and or fuel.

The digital projector, could be strapped right behind the person steering the glider or just mounted to the kite in a way that it had distance to project onto the surface with some sort of fish eye, widescreen projection lens.

You could use something like this at Rock Concerts, Fireworks or…. just to see if your geekyness could do it.

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