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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2008, 11:11 GMT
Life-size fighting game showcased
Remote Impact game player. (Pic: Distance Lab)
The new game allows players to interact with an opponent
A game in which people can throw themselves at a life-sized image of an opponent who could be on the other side of the world is being prototyped.

Remote Impact will be among the exhibits at e-Day, an online communication event on Skye for Highlands and Islands communities.

The interactive fighting game is being developed by Moray-based Distance Lab.

In the prototype, people battle a silhouette projected on to a mattress and can register brute force.

Distance Lab in Forres said the game is different from technologies such as Nintendo Wii and console games because it does not involve a hand-held device.

A life-sized "shadow" of the opposing gamers is projected on the interface, which resembles a mattress stood up against a wall.

The participant's movement and the strength of blows are measured by a sensing system.

New friends

Players can punch, kick, or throw themselves against their projected opponent and also talk to each other.

The system recognizes when there has been a hit or a miss.

Players can dodge hits by ducking or moving out of the way and more points are scored by hitting an opponent harder.

Distance Lab believe it could be used to improve fitness, as a team-building exercise and even help people make new friends in another part of the country or world.

Organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in partnership with Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Services (SCLVO), e-Day will be held at Sabhal Mr Ostaig, Skye, on 7-8 March.

Various community groups from across the region are expected to attend workshops and talks on websites, wikis, blogs and online social networking.

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