We should say right at the beginning that we weren’t involved with these 2 projects in any capacity. However, some of us did go on a lovely business & pleasure trip to France a few weeks ago and visited these 2 great institutions: La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux and Aquarium La Rochelle. In there we saw some really exciting examples of digital exhibits that we thought we should share. This is part of our new blog category with a telling name: “Cool examples”.
We tried to find out who the companies and or individuals are that were involved with creating these exhibits. For La Cité du Vin these are Videlio, Sonovision and Grand Angle Productions, but its likely that we missed some. For La Rochelle plankton animation we weren’t able to find out who it was, so if you know who it is, please let us know.
La Cité du Vin
In the beginning of the museum you are given a smartphone-like device with headphones. You choose which language you want to listen to. You can interact with each exhibit by scanning a sticker that’s attached next to each exhibit and the audio starts playing. In some exhibits you can also read additional information on the screen.
The introductory exhibit features projection on 3 screens and benches.
In the second part you can learn about the various terroirs of the world on an interactive exhibit featuring interactive projection on a 3D surface. On this surface you can select which person working in that terroir you would like to listen to. The selected person than explains the subject on the vertical screen in front of you. That was really cool!
As you rotate the globes, the content of the screens mounted in front of them changes. Each globe tells you something about the wine (such as history of wine growing and so on).
In the second part there are various small wooden boxes (around 50 by 40 by 30cm probably) where you can see a mixture of animated holograms on top of 3D models / maquettes.
Each bottle represents one theme that’s, in some way, connected to the wine. For example, movies, theatres, technology and so on. When you scan the sticker with your device, the explanatory audio starts playing and additional information is shown on the screen.
The olfactory experience. Most exhibits are non-interactive, where you just lean closer to the copper horn, squeeze the black rubber thingy and you can smell whatever is inside the glass jar (leather gloves, bark, tobacco etc). In some jars though, there is just a small LCD screen which reacts to you squeezing the rubber. The challenge is to guess what are you smelling.
Interactive book-like projection. The cool thing technology-wise, is that the ‘book’ is actually in 3D – it’s not just a flat screen.
Colors of the wine. On a touch screen you first have to select one of the possible wine colors (for example: “ruby red”). Then you have to find that color from one of the acryllic cylinders by holding your hand on top of the sensor. Very nice.
Individual auditoriums. You can sit down in front of a large screen and by using a touchpad on your left choose the content on the screen. You can watch various experts explain the effects wine has on your health, the laws that affect your drinking and so on. Very comfortable and interactive way of watching a lot of content.
Wine and conviviality. 3 large dining tables each with 4 chairs. 2 of them are already ‘taken’ by large vertical screens where people intimately connected with wine explain its connection with society. You can sit next to them at the table (on one of the 2 remaining chairs), listen to them talk and watch the projection on the table that corresponds to whatever they are saying.
History of Bordeaux. Next to a large touch table there are a few wooden figurines. Each figurine represents an inhabitant of Bordeaux in different ages (ancient, middle ages, 18th century and so on). When you put a figurine on the touch table, the map of the bordeaux on the table adjusts to show the correct age. On this map you can then choose various content showing what was the life in Bordeaux at that time. A great idea, although the detection was a bit dodgy at times to be honest.
Aquarium La Rochelle
A beautiful simulation of plankton in Aquarium La Rochelle.