Rental Service for LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® materials – Reloaded 2017

In March 2015, I faced the following challenge: I had become a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator – or after the new Trademark Guidelines have been released, a “Certified facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials”. I had first customers and had a few starter kits, as well as exactly one Identity and Landscape Kit. But I needed more for already booked workshops! For a few workshops the purchase of the material was not economical. I was still uncertain, if there would be future inquiries and if the method would prove in the long term. So I was looking for a way to borrow LSP material. In a forum post I found someone who had the same problem, but also no solution.

A relevant problem, but no solution? Sounds like an opportunity…

I wanted to check demand for a rental service for LSP materials. So I built a small landing page for Germany, tested the demand using Google AdWords and wrote a short entry on Xing. Feedback and demand were good, albeit low in absolute terms. Due to the low number of LSP facilitators also not surprising: As of 2017, there are only about 150 German speaking facilitators, of which about 60 are certified (source: own calculation, member database seriousplaypro.com).

Nevertheless, this signal convinced me to buy more LSP material for my own workshops and lend it at the same time. Over time, demand grew.

After more than two years of gathering feedback and experience, it’s been time for a relaunch.

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Corner case testing PlayStation Now

Some hours ago, PlayStation Now has become available in Germany. Almost a decade ago, I conducted research about game streaming as part of my thesis Mobile Games over 3G Video Calling and developed a prototype. We’ve come a long way since that day!

Testing Environment

Running on Windows, that’s running on a Macbook, using WiFi, connected to an error-prone router (Telekom Speedport) with a high-latency internet connection (hybrid / DSL + LTE, best effort, high bandwidth though).

Result

Roundtrip delay relatively low (32ms), games playable, but interaction delay noticeable (haven’t played for a while, no reference), image blurred with compression artifacts. Might not be a good idea to sit an inch in front of a 4k display. Works well with Dualshock 3.

This analysis would never meet my research standards, it’s just a quick test!