A new way to interact with 3D objects
Timeline: 3 months
Client: Glasgow Science Centre for CATACURE
Aim: We worked on a larger project for GSC to produce two small exhibitions on their top floor. As part of an exhibition about CATACURE, we were asked to make an exhibit housing a transparent viewer so that visitors could interact with a model eye.
What we did: The model eye is housed in a white backlit box and the transparent screen is placed in front of the eye. FifeX designed, prototyped and produced the box.
The transparent screen is clever and can either allow light through so that you can see what is behind - in our case a model eye, or you can put graphics on it and reduce all of the light or the light in certain places. In our case, we used this to focus the users attention on certain parts of the model as they clicked through the screens.
To make the screen work, it's crucial to get the backlighting right and to ensure adequate space around your model for any associated explanation - there was a lot of playing about with spaces and positioning. The final exhibit works well and allows visitors to look at a seemingly 2D screen-based interactive whilst viewing a 3D model.
Screen was purchased from http://www.crystal-display.com