This work visualises the activity of visitors to the Siemens Crystal centre by the Thames in London. As visitors use the interactive works within the space they log in using an RFID card. The final stage in their visit is the Futures Gallery where they then swipe their card to see how many exhibits they have visited. This is a shared user experience - 2 users can control it simultaneously.
Visits to exhibits are represented by different-coloured crystals. These sort and assemble on screen in various articulations to show general activity and routes through the space. The crystals behave in real-world terms using a realtime physics environment - they respond and bounce and pile. Visitors can touch and drag to move individual crystals around in a playful manner.
Visitors can interrogate individual crystals, reminding themselves of the story associated with each exhibit. They earn bonus crystals from visiting certain pairs of exhibits. When 2 users are using simultaneously, shared crystals glow. The final stage allows visitors to email themselves with a list of visited exhibits and web links to further information.
This screen recording is playing back about half speed unfortunately - it's much quicker in real life. The application was developed using the Ageia physics engine within Adobe Director 11.5. It uses rigid bodies, gravity and springs to control assembly, bunching and sorting. It was developed for ISO, for Event Communications, for Siemens.
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