ReacTickles Web Apps

Following the excitement about ReacTickles at the St. Mark’s House workshop, [] Exploring Diagnosis have been working with the Cariad Interactive design team, Wendy Keay-Bright and Joel Gethin Lewis, [] to re-create some of the most popular ReacTickles for the web. This means that there is no need to purchase or download any software, you can just click on the images and start playing, using your mouse, keyboard, iPhone or iPad.

Based on the feedback from St Marks’ and some of the demos we posted earlier [] Joel has been busy programming many new ReacTickles, and we have chosen three examples for Exploring Diagnosis. These are,


Bouncing Circles – use your keyboard to explore speed, position and pressure


Keyboard Worm – use your keyboard to explore velocity


Springy Circles – use your mouse to explore elasticity

Each of the ReacTickles, will trace your interaction, creating real-time animations while you explore. Using the Quicktime > New Screen Recording Option, [] you can easily record and save your animation.

Wendy and Joel are working on more ReacTickles for web. We will be posting more about these in the future, and you can follow their progress on the Cariad Interactive website [].

iPad gift to Stallcombe House

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This picture was taken on a recent visit to Stallcombe House, where EXDX team member Dr. Chris Elphick gave the residents their very own iPad to use. He is pictured shaking hands with Chris Thistle, the general manager of Stallcombe. Having this iPad will enable the residents to continue to make the stop-motion videos, as seen on the ‘Film Workshops’ section of this website. In addition to this, residents will be able to explore the use of the Somantics and ReacTickles apps we have also started to use in our more recent workshops. Dr. Elphick is looking forward to attending the Stallcombe Christmas party on Sunday the 11th of December.

Animation for people with (and without) autism.

This video is made using a program called ReacTickles, designed to encourage children to explore computers and interactive whiteboards in a relaxing, experimental manner. The most recent version of this programme is called ReacTickles Magic – which can be used as an iPad app or a computer program. Using a variety on inputs – such as pressing the iPad screen, using the computer mouse or keyboard, gesture and audio input – like clapping or making any sound chosen by the user, it is possible to produce the striking images in this demo video. The intention is to allow users to playfully discover the possibilities of an interactive system with no previous knowledge or experience of the technology. We plan on exploring the use of ReacTickles Magic in our next workshop.

Thanks to Wendy Keay-Bright for letting us demonstrate this software.