The Virtual Chemistry Lab Table is a safe, low cost alternative to the standard chemistry laboratory in schools and is also ideally suited to science centre environments. It takes learning environments to another level by combining the power of digital simulation with intuitive tangible interaction.
Learners navigate digital content information by placing physical cards onto the projection table's glass surface using sophisticated Reactivision pattern recognition technology. The circular cards are held in 2 containers, one on each side of the table.
Each card represents a specific substance or tool, just like the objects and materials you would find in a real chemistry lab. Once a card has been placed on the table, a menu appears around the card. Users can then turn the cards to further specify the desired function, e.g. one can turn up the heat of the Bunsen burner. When placing different substances together, reactions take place. Tool cards can then be added to the experiment and display temperature, super-microscopic views of the reactions at an atomic level and chemical symbols. The tutor card offers a short audio description of what is happening on the screen, while realistic sound effects illustrate the sometimes forceful nature of the experiments. But no worries: no fingers will be burned in Formula D's Virtual Chemistry Lab table. Still, the application warns learners about potentially dangerous actions, and makes sure that they are aware of the safety gear required to conduct the experiments. The Virtual Chemistry Lab Table runs on different platforms which are suitable for specific learning environments from Science Centre to classroom. The biggest platform is a turnkey-solution comprising of a 50" High Definition rear projected screen enclosed in a beautifully designed sheet metal and aluminium housing. The durable display is designed for high traffic areas such as Science Centres. Please enquire for further information. email@example.com
Lithe, beautiful and elusive, the Cape Mountain Leopard is engaged in a silent battle for survival. Can an innovative interactive game save its life? Perhaps not, but it can raise awareness for this threatened species.
There are less than 1000 Cape Leopards surviving in the wild today. Small and solitary, it is an apex predator in the mountainous regions of the Western Cape. It preys largely on klipspringers and dassies.
As farms have encroached on leopard territory, sheep have been added to the menu. Farmers trap and kill leopards to protect their livestock.
The Cape Leopard Trust was formed in 2004 to address this human wildlife conflict. Camera traps are used to track and research the elusive cats. Data they collect helps keep both leopards and livestock safe.
Nestled in the Franschhoek valley between mountain and vineyards is a wine farm with a passion for cats. Leopard's Leap was started at the turn of the century by winemaker Hein Koegelenberg under the guidance of his father-in-law, Anton Rupert.
Leopard's Leap exports fine wine to some 25 international markets. It is also the sponsor of the Cape Leopard Trust. Rupert was amongst many other things, a committed conservationist. By sponsoring the Trust, Leopard's Leap honours his legacy.
Recognising that education is the key to protecting Cape Mountain Leopards, Leopard's Leap commissioned Formula D interactive to design and build an educational leopard display for their visitor centre.
The result is an interactive wall projection loaded with game-enhancing technology. The 3-meter projection loops realistically rendered animations of Cedarberg landscapes. Three different sets of day and night scenes are displayed.
When visitors step in front of the wall, their virtual avatars appear on the screen in front of them. Each visitor is randomly assigned an avatar and up to 3 people can interact with the multimedia application at the same time.
The interactive installation is embedded with information about leopards and conservation. But this is no run-of-the-mill infographic. Players are encouraged to discover content by themselves, just as a researcher would in the field. Moving freely across the floor, each player can trigger different hotspots on the screen, uncovering information as they go.
The technology that enables this tracking is the Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect controller. A series of built-in sensors detect a player's body posture and responds to his or her movement.
Once sensors are activated, the Interactive Leopard Wall loads an avatar of the player that mimics this movement. The wall can even track a player in 3D space, making it that much easier for them to move up and down the landscape.
When a hotspot is activated a clipboard appears on the screen, displaying text, animated drawings and movie clips.
Day scenes teach users about cape leopards and their environment.
In each of the night scenes, players are challenged to find 2 hidden leopards.
As players move in front of the projection, they may get lucky and trigger one of the camera traps. This then triggers a camera flash and shutter sound together with footage and description of an animal. Players will not only uncover hidden leopards, but other nocturnal animals as well.
Sound effects and ambient noises are played by a special overhead directional speaker. The Directional Audio array produces a circular sound pattern directed vertically downwards. This creates an immersive and focused sound environment.
Formula D's interactive leopard wall is the talking point of the Leopard's Leap visitor centre. With multi-layered information previously unavailable to visitors to the Cape Winelands, it will surely play an important role in raising awareness about the plight of the beautiful Cape Mountain Leopard.
The ability to choose is one of the things that makes us human. But making decisions is not always easy. The consequences of one bad decision can affect the rest of our lives.
What happens when you're faced with a difficult choice? Say you've just completed high school. Do you get a job or study further? How do you know what to do? Which path is the right one to choose?
For young people in Uitenhage, Formula D's Life Choices Touch Table Game is helping them to understand how personal choices affect their lives.
Located some thirty-eight kilometers northwest of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage is a city undergoing rapid economic and social growth. Driving this growth forward is an umbrella development vehicle called the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative or UDDI.
The UDDI may be laying foundations for a thriving economy, but the future of Uitenhage essentially rests in the hands of its youth. The decisions young people make today will have an effect on what happens in Uitenhage tomorrow. The UDDI needs to ensure that young people are making the right choices.
To help them do this, Formula D interactive has designed a specific interactive game for the UDDI's Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Center. The Life Choices Touch Table Game is a multi-player touch screen game that presents players with animated scenarios and personal choices affecting their lives.
Players must navigate through 'life', making choices that change the outcome of each stage along the way. They are confronted with possible consequences of their decisions throughout the game. Depending on the choices made by players, the game projects different possible outcomes in the future.
The Choices game is played on Formula D's innovative UBIZO Table, a sophisticated multi-touch kiosk system designed by the company's in-house product design team and manufactured in Cape Town. Up to four players can play at one time. The game is started by a touch to the table. Players are prompted to then select a male or female avatar and to input their names.
Next, they get presented with animated illustrations of a particular scenario and a choice of two possible decisions to be made. Depending on the decision chosen, they then get presented with another scenario. Each scenario is a direct result of the previous decision made.
The game has 32 potential outcomes. A central map graphic tracks the position of each player in the decision matrix.
The UBIZO Table is a horizontal 42 inch full HD LCD screen powered with multi-touch technology. This plug and play kiosk system with built-in PC and speakers has been elegantly designed for extreme use in public places.
In both design and function the Life Choices Touch Table Game serves a crucial role in the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Center. With a little help from a fun, innovative game, children will be empowered to tackle difficult real world decisions with confidence.