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Tangible Virtual Models. Admire, touch and comprehend the biggest flower in the world

Tangible Virtual Models is a virtual model of the rare blooming moment of the Titan Arum, the biggest flower of the plant kingdom. The blooming process is met with enormous public interest, but it is very rare and can only be observed for a few days. In order to conserve this experience and explore its didactic mediation, a virtual model was built in the research project Tangible Virtual Models. The virtual model of Titan Arum makes selected characteristics readable and spatially understandable. Thanks to the Leap Motion Controller, the more than life-size model of the flower is manipulated and analysed intuitively without visible interfaces: It is possible to let the flower grow, view it in close-up and retrieve information about individual plant parts. Adhering to principles of «scientainment», the project is brought to a broad audience in a modern and entertaining way.

Team:

Niklaus Heeb (Head of project, Subject Area Knowledge Visualization, ZHdK), Alessandro Holler (Content creator and Scientific Assistant, Subject Area Knowledge Visualization, ZHdK), Reto Spoerri (Software developer and game designer, Ludic Game Development GmbH), Gregor Falk (Software developer and game designer), Jonas Christen (Scientific assistant, Subject Area Knowledge Visualization, ZHdK), Oliver Demuth (Scientific assistant, Subject Area Knowledge Visualization, ZHdK)

Partners:

Foundation Gebert Rüf, Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, Papiliorama, Subject Area Cast/Audiovisual Media, ZHdK

© Tangible Virtual Models. ZHdK. Subject Area Knowledge Visualization, 2018.
© Tangible Virtual Models. ZHdK. Subject Area Knowledge Visualization, 2018.
© Tangible Virtual Models. ZHdK. Subject Area Knowledge Visualization, 2018.
© Tangible Virtual Models. ZHdK. Subject Area Knowledge Visualization, 2018.