SRTM consisted of a specially modified radar system that flew on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The question now was how to turn this amazingly beautiful data into a physical, dynamic model, an interactive device, which translates data into reality, and which makes it possible to communicate information by the sense of touch. The scale can be changed to zoom in and out. The cylinders are the « pixelised physic representation » of the digital elevation model.
The device consists of a system linear actuators which translate the data of a digital elevation model (e.g. Google earth) into a dynamic 3-dimensional elevation model. A world map that can be touched. Automatically updating every 1/20 second, the system adapts to the changes and movements in the digital model in real-time. A Tablet Computer is used to communicate in between the device and the user, and thanks to a voice user interface, visually handicapped persons can navigate themselves
CLIENT: GALLERY NOW, DUBAI
ENGINEERING: FRED MAUCLERE
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