Gapminder Casino

Hans Rosling as croupier for Gapminder Casino

Hans Rosling as croupier for Gapminder Casino

Working with Thinc Design and Hans Rosling, I helped to create the Gapmider Casino for the Gapminder Foundation. We turned global health data into a game of roulette. I designed the general concept, game mechanics, did the player and dealer interaction design, and wrote a significant amount of the software for first version. Hans controlled the game with a custom designed, wireless RFID-equipped croupier rake, which he used to play, pause, rewind, fast-forward the animations, and advance the game using RFID-tagged question cards. A detailed case study can be found here.

Technology 

  • Processing
  • RFID
  • XBee wireless radios
  • Projector
Custom gaming chips used by the players

Custom gaming chips used by the players