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A Marriage of Tradition and Technology

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In Bologna, tradition meets technology. Computer scientists in Bologna have recently premiered their new game, Tortellino X-perience, a video game that teaches its players how to make tortellini.

The game, which uses a webcame and motion-sensing software, was demonstrated at last year’s World Expo in Shanghai. Its developer says that he drew inspiration from a Sony video game that instructed Buddhist monks in the art of performing a tea ceremony. Tortellino X-perience draws upon this idea, using a sfoglina (a professional Bolognese pasta maker) to teach players about all of the steps in the complicated process of tortellini-making.

Though the game is not commercially for sale, its developers are hoping that its technology will be used to create other interactive programs for video games in museums, schools, and exhibitions.

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