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Interactive Museum Exhibit Teaches about Great Lake Invasive Species

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Lisa Fitzpatrick
Director of Viz Lab and MMAD Lab
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Andrew Morrow
Technology Licensing Officer
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Great Lakes Invasive Species Interactive Museum Exhibit

The Repel the Invaders museum exhibit teaches children about invasive species through an interactive educational game that provides an animated experience using shadow-sensitive technology to connect visitors with an underwater habitat and teach them about invasive species in the Great Lakes.  With the threat of invasive species harming a delicate water ecosystem, it is important to educate the public and the growing generation on ways to prevent the spread of certain species.  The game will help to shed new light on this vast and ever growing problem within the Great Lakes ecosystem. 

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Repel the Invaders Uses Shadow-sensitive Technology

This technology utilizes a simple set of components yet offers a fully interactive educational game.  The main components of this system involve the use of a projector, computer, and a webcam offering a simple and cost effective construction.  Museums and aquariums are looking for interactive displays to get the public more involved.  This technology is integrated with shadow-sensitive technology that uses a projector and detection software to recognize where the user is interacting on the screen.  This is the only interactive and educational game of its kind on invasive species.  This exhibit offers a new and exciting replacement for outdated stationary displays that will allow visitors to become more involved and help fill the growing demand for museum exhibits that attract a larger audience.

Benefits of Shadow-Sensitive Interactive Game:

  • Easy to use, made for children
  • Provides educational tool to public
  • Low cost components allow for easy integration
  • Fills need for more interactive displays in museum exhibits
  • Sheds new light on ever growing problem of invasive species within the Great Lakes ecosystem