This Singapore museum uses AR tech for ‘Rewild Our Planet’

Singapore-bound? Don’t miss ArtScience Museum’s (free!) REWILD Our Planet, the Lion City’s first augmented reality experience.

The exhibit features an IMAX-style interactive show about how to protect the environment, with a 3D landscape-building platform and 4K footage taken in over fifty different countries. It’s an exciting collaboration with World Wildlife Fund, Google, Netflix, and Melbourne-based tech studio PHORIA.

As part of the collaboration, Netflix released an eight-part documentary series named Our Planet. Featuring the same footage, the exhibit takes the documentary experience to the next level, making elements like global weather patterns, endangered species, and other very *real* issues concerning saving the planet a part of the user experience.

How does AR work?

You’ve heard of virtual reality museums using VR goggles for a highly immersive experience. AR tech, meanwhile, uses mobile phones for a similar interactive vibe.

Guests at the REWILD Our Planet exhibit get to use Google Pixel 3, while restoring — “rewilding” if you will — the world’s key ecosystems from the rainforests of Borneo to the waterscapes of Southeast Asia. Google use of ARcore for the exhibit combines motion tracking and the phone’s inbuilt camera to build upon reality— or in this case, footage. The footage is just as impressive as the technology: shot over four years (3,500 film days!) by the same team behind the award-winning documentary Planet Earth.

 What can you expect?

  • Amazing footage from the same team behind the award-winning series Planet Earth and Blue Planet
  • Narration from Emmy and BAFTA winner, David Attenborough
  • IMAX-style projections with spatial soundscapes
  • An interactive landscape-building platform in 3D

REWILD our Planet is located at the Inspiration Gallery, Level 4, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. The exhibit is free and open every day from 10am to 7pm until June 2, 2019. Guests work together and are taken in groups (10 minutes for a maximum of 20 people). REWILD.wwf.sg; www.marinabaysands.com/museum/REWILD-our-planet

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Nina Unlay

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