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Episode 17

There is more to being a master puppeteer than simply being a fan of Punch and Judy, or even the Thunderbirds! This week Visions takes you behind the scenes of the VCA's puppetry program for the real story on life as a puppeteer. And from puppets to pictures, we take a closer look at Collage, a new touch screen system linking families with images and text.

More information

VCA Puppetry:
‘Living Things’, a production by the VCA’s puppetry program, has just finished its end of year run at the Grant Street Theatre. Visions talks to the head of the program and a Masters student about life as a puppeteer!

For more information on the VCA puppetry program, go to http://www.vca.unimelb.edu.au/puppetry/.

Touch Screens Linking Families:
A new touch screen system, the Collage, is linking families through the sharing of images and text on a constant scrolling screen. The system is installed in each of the families homes and has helped to enchance relationships particularly between grandparents and grandchildren. The Collage system is also ideal for families separated by distance.

For more information about 'Collage', go to http://www.dis.unimelb.edu.au/research/groups/interactiondesign/projects.html.

Credits

VCA Puppetry:
Produced by Katherine Smith
Camera by Clive Banfield
Edited by Rob Cross
Still photography from 'Living Things' by Jeff Busby
With special thanks to Peter Wilson, Lisa Montague, Jon Myer and Beth McMahon from the VCA.

Touch Screens Linking Families:
Produced by Rebecca Scott
Camera by Vlad Bunyevich
Edited by Rob Cross
With special thanks to Dr Frank Vetere, Dr Peter Benda, Shawn Ashkanasy and Dr Hilary Davis

Interaction Design Group, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, and also the trial participants Ingrid, Stephen, Coen, Josh, and grandparents Astrida and Rick
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