Museum Virtual Worlds

Bringing Real and Virtual Together

October 25, 2011
by Rob Rothfarb
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MIND THE FISH–Augmented reality exhibit reveals aquatic creatures’ inner thoughts

Ever wondered what your goldfish are thinking about? A playful exhibit called MIND THE FISH at the Cinekid festival in Amsterdam this month allows visitors to peer into a fishbowl via AR and read discussions the fish are having with … Continue reading

February 15, 2011
by Rob Rothfarb
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Recomposing Man Ray and Magritte (while being followed around by a giant blue ant): mobile AR at the Exploratorium’s After Dark

Over the past month, I’ve been developing some mobile augmented reality exhibit prototypes for the Exploratorium’s After Dark: Get Surreal event, which took place on Feb 3, 2011. The interactive installations were designed to stimulate play and social interaction using … Continue reading

February 10, 2011
by Rob Rothfarb
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Meta Cookie: Olfactory and Gustatory Augmented Reality

Visitors to the Exploratorium’s monthly evening program series for adults, After Dark, experienced bizarre interactions with their sense of reality at After Dark: Get Surreal on Feb 3, 2010–an event infused with surrealist themes in art, music, and science. Takuji … Continue reading

October 5, 2009
by Rob Rothfarb
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Encoding Tools for Live Webcasting into Virtual Worlds

Since the beginning of the Exploratorium’s explorations with virtual worlds (circa 2006–I know, seems like a long time ago!), we’ve combined live webcasting with exhibits to create social events.  To bring the outside world in using programs like webcasts, you … Continue reading

March 10, 2009
by Rob Rothfarb
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One of the best days for a museum to be irrational – Pi Day on 3.14

Creating objects and experiences that tell the multifaceted story of the number Pi is nothing less than serious fun.  Now in it’s third year being celebrated by the Exploratorium community in Second Life, and in it’s twenty first year being … Continue reading