‘receipt racer’ by joshua noble and undef (martin fuchs and philip whitfield)

the ‘receipt racer‘, by interaction designers joshua noble and undef (martin fuchs and philip whitfield) turns static print into the dynamic site of play, combining a receipt printer, light beamer, and old gamepad into a racing game.

once gameplay is begun, the receipt printer begins printing out a randomly generated racetrack, printed continuously over the course of the game as though each section were a subsequent frame in an animation. the effect lends dynamism to the otherwise static track, as users control the car left and right, avoiding crashing off course or into an obstacle. the car image, as well as a point tally and any text instructions (such as ‘start’ or ‘wait’), is beamed onto the paper from a small projection device. if the car crashes, it explodes into red pixels alongside the word ‘boom’, and initiates the cessation of the game and printing of a short summary.

‘receipt racer’ runs off a laptop using an openframeworks application. the program randomly generates the race track, sends the information to the printer, and during game play estimates the car’s position to check whether it has hit an obstacle.

the game was developed during the one-day ‘let’s feed the future’ workshop, organized by creative applications network as part of barcelona’s OFFF festival of digital culture. a digital version of the game can be played on the ‘receipt racer’ webpage.

video demo of the game

joshua noble + undef: receipt racer the projected car is controlled via gamepad

joshua noble + undef: receipt racer view of receipt printer, just prior to the game’s start

joshua noble + undef: receipt racer detail of end screen, which prints out the playtime, score, and level

joshua noble + undef: receipt racer

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