The ArtScience Museum, in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has come up with an augmented reality exhibit titled ‘Into The Wild‘ – an immersive experience through the eyes of a forest ranger.
Experiencing augmented reality with Into The Wild means that you’ll be looking at a mixture of both real and virtual elements at the same time; unlike a full virtual reality experience where everything is completely computer-generated (CG).
This exhibition blurs the line between real and CG at designated areas with the use of Lenovo Phab 2 Pro handphone, which is the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone.
Once you’ve received a Lenovo Phab 2 Pro on a selfie stick, simply key in your name and follow the directions to start your adventure.
You’ll get to visit a world with animals reflecting those seen in Rimbang Baling, a wildlife reserve in Indonesia, which WWF is aiming to raise awareness and save through this exhibition.
You can turn 360-degrees on the spot to view multiple things going on at the same time, and even look at an object in the CG world from different angles by walking around it.
I won’t divulge everything that I saw in the virtual trail, but I must say, it’s more than just strolling and enjoying the view. You’ll get to try out a few things that the rangers typically do in Indonesian wildlife preserves.
Having fun in the trail is just the beginning; if you’d like to contribute to saving precious forests in Rimbang Baling, you may choose to make a donation to the WWF afterwards.
S$38 is sufficient to get a tree planted and it also provides jobs for the natives living in the area, reduces the need for them to resort to illegal poaching or logging for an income.
The tree you helped plant will bear your name on it, which you can visit it when you actually do plan a trip down to Rimbang Baling in the near future.
Don’t miss out on getting your hands-on experience in visiting a whole new virtual world with Into The Wild, only at the ArtScience Museum.
Dates and times: permanent exhibition, during museum opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Daily), last admission at 6pm
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