Foldit Remote Control
Get ready for a new way to play Foldit!
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been working on a way for Foldit to be available on more platforms. As you are aware, the game is highly computational in nature, constantly being updated to use the latest scientific tools to most accurately score proteins. This represents a challenge in bringing the game to low power, portable devices. The solution that we have come up with opens up the possibility for Foldit to be played on many devices, without affecting one aspect of the game: using the best computational tools available.
Say hello to Remote Control, a streaming system that allows you to play fully featured Foldit on your tablet or smartphone.
How does it work? Essentially, Remote Control connects the computational power of your computer to your smartphone or tablet. Run Foldit on your computer, then open up the new Remote Control panel under the social tab to open up your computer for connection. Download the Foldit app on your Android tablet or smartphone (Android is our first platform, iOS is not currently supported) and type in the IP address of your computer to connect for a complete Foldit experience.
Why did we decide to implement Foldit on Android as a streaming system? This opens up several possibilities beyond Android. The overhead is less for bringing remote play to more platforms in the future. There is the opportunity to natively stream Foldit to multiple devices at once; think next-generation classroom interactivity, with an entire classroom able to view their teacher’s protein on their own device. All in all, it eliminates most barriers of porting to new platforms, and gives us more flexibility to focus on revolutionizing the gameplay and science itself, rather than the platform details.
Now more than ever, we would love to hear your ideas and feedback! Check out the preview below, and stay tuned for the upcoming release.( Posted by jeffpyke 79 1476 | Tue, 02/25/2014 - 03:12 | 15 comments )