USC is connecting families through the power of AR (augmented reality) play. AR Playdates enable children and grandparents to play together, wherever they are. JD LeRoy and Ethan Bresnick have distinct focuses at USC. One is a designer and maker at the Iovine and Young Academy, while the other is an interactive storyteller and filmmaker at the School of Cinematic Arts.
When the pair came together in Tangible and Spatial Computing, a course in Media Arts + Practice, they identified a consumer need they could meet: connecting long-distance family members through play.