Immersive technologies in Science Centre Singapore
E-mmersive Experiential Environments
Singapore has always been known for its forward looking education system and its strong focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To stimulate scientific thinking and to nurture the curious mind to move into STEM, Science Centre Singapore wanted to create an exhibition that would focus on the young. The aim was to create a fully immersive experience that would inspire young people to discover new frontiers in the physical and virtual worlds.
The E-mmersive Experiential Environments (E3) exhibition combines different immersive technologies. Visitors can soar over cities like New York with a simulator, mess with their sense of space through projection mapping and explore the intricacies of the human brain with Oculus Rift, a VR headset with custom optics. In the 3D deep space theatre visitors can experience what happens when the screen is extended beyond their field of view, even down beneath their feet. The loss of frame of reference from the real world creates a sense of immersion; plunge into the depths of the ocean or discover concepts like mathematics and technology.
The E3 exhibition, designed and developed by NorthernLight, is used as a testbed for new forms of engagement. These can later be translated to other exhibitions and ultimately to the new science centre that is expected to be ready in 2020.