Conceived by senior undergraduate students Andrew Thong, Anna Wu, Brian Quan and Nathan Waddington, from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU’s Surrey campus, the WeBlimp is a meter-long flying, crowd-controlled blimp. Inspired by the The Eye of Kilrogg, a free-flying entity in the popular on-line game World of Warcraft, the helium-filled aircraft reacts to public response. Supplied with a tiny camera, a gondola and three small propellers, it will show itself at the Surrey 2010 Celebration site in Holland Park during 2010 Winter Olympic Games from Feb. 17-21.
People observing the blimp on a screen that projects what the blimp’s camera sees could guide the blimp to move in a certain direction. Message sent to the blimp via a laptop wirelessly gives directions to the blimp. Therefore, the entire system bases itself on mutual instruction and social interaction.
Already accepted and recognized at the ACM Creativity & Cognition Conference at the University of California-Berkeley last October, the Zeppelin-like craft now readies itself to welcome visitors from around the world.