We gave our project presentation on Friday! It was actually pretty fun, presenting it. I also think we got a lot of pretty good feedback. We’re trying to think of ways to add in a control panel-of-sorts for when the user is in one of the zoomed in modes (either medium/planet view or on-planet view). The user can place a planet token on this control panel area which will automatically take them to the on-planet view. This also prevents users from having to go all the way to the solar system view in order to go to another planet. It also gives our planet token more uses than just a stamp at the beginning.
Another really good piece of feedback was to use the planet token to “lock” the planet on the orbit at the very beginning, rather than just moving the stamped image with your finger. To keep multiple instances of a planet occurring, if a stamp is unlocked, the stamp will move to the new location the token has been placed on. We’re also thinking that when the user is in the solar system view, placing the person token on the planet stamp will take the user directly to the on-planet view without having to go through the middle level.
Another suggestion was to make the tokens out of different materials. We all agree that this is a good idea. We plan on making planets without atmospheres out of clay. Planets with thick atmospheres can have a combination of clay and maybe cotton, or something to resemble an atmosphere. For gaseous planets, we think making them out of a spongy material would work. We don’t want to make them out of cotton or something really soft like that because then it will be hard to hold the token. But definitely simulate that sort of on top of the spongy-material. For weight we thought it would be a good idea to put a marble or something inside of the planet token.
We got a lot of feedback on exact scale and interactivity/multiple users. In terms of multiple users, I don’t see how that’s an issue right now. We plan on having everything being able to turn around, and more than one person can place a planet at the very beginning. In terms of scale…. we’re going to ignore that for now. If a planet is small, it will be small. And if a planet is large, then it is going to be large. However, if we made it exact scale, Jupiter would be as big as your palm while Mercury and Pluto would be choking hazards. D: I’m sorry.