V MALOUF STUDIO | Design Strategist & Experience Specialist
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LUCA

Spring 2015, Arizona State University.

LUCA is a game set which utilizes multi-sensory stimuli to teach and enrich the centuries-old game of chess. Through touch, scent, and sight, a game which has long been a teaching tool for strategic thinking can stimulate the brain in exciting new ways.


Brain training offers benefits for users of all ages. Boosting executive function and memory can mean very real gains in confidence and independence, especially among the elderly (Nouchi, et al; 2012). LUCA’s unique spin on chess also fosters socialization, which has been shown to support better physical health and decrease recovery times from illness (Seeman, 1996).

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Players identify each piece by sight, touch, smell, and even weight. In this way Luca reinforces knowledge about game play and strategy with new sensory stimuli.

Development of chess piece identifying form

Development of chess piece identifying form

Foam models of chess piece forms

Foam models of chess piece forms