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Case Study
LEPE: Custom Interactive Exhibition

Problem

A local installations company required some unusual custom software for a one-off project and we were able to assist them with planning and build. The project was to install a large persicope onto a subterranean bunker, allowing the public to view the interior without climbing dangerously into the depths. A traditional periscope proved infeasible and so a technical alternative was sought.

Solution

Photography was commissioned to capture the stage-dressed bunker, and a rotatable periscope-like housing was assembled. We then developed software which would detect the orientation of the periscope and display the appropriate area of the bunker on a screen inside the housing. The effect is a compelling augmented-reality view of the bunker beneath your feet. A button on the side of the housing allows the viewer to trigger context-aware information about the area of the bunker currently being viewed.

Approach

The software was completed in nodejs, interfacing with electronics composed of a 3-axis accelerometer, a digital magnetometer and a physical button. Data from these devices is fed into a low-power, stand-alone server running nodejs. We then translate the raw data into a simple JSON package and push it over a websocket into a full-screen browser running a custom javascript-powered renderer.

Weatherproofing, off-grid installation and low-power performance considerations made this project quite an interesting challenge, but the end result is an enjoyable, unique and informative experience.

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