2 August 2017

Google Tango experiences launched as part of Visual SG festival

The Science Centre Singapore, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, has launched an augmented reality experience using Google Tango technology.

Visitors to the Singapore Science Centre can try Google Tango at the recently refurbished E3 exhibition (E-mmersive Experiential Environments), an immersive environment that offers virtual and augmented reality experiences.

Users with Tango-enabled phones, such as the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the Asus ZenFone AR, can just hold up their phones and watch as moving objects and information appear as a virtual layer on top of their surroundings.

Google Tango exhibits at E3 include Space Adventurer, which features some of the issues related to living in an environment unlike Earth. This includes implications for physical health, mental health and food.

Other exhibition highlights include:

·         Wall-to-wall projections 7m high where visitors can explore scenes like underwater ruins and outer space and even interact with selected elements in the scenery

·         The Sen-So-Real Station offers visitors the chance to manoeuvre floating astronauts and satellites, and also change the environments they are in with the placement of three RFID cubes

·        Dock spaceships using a giant trackball.

·         Zoom in to the Sun and see it in different layers of immersion.

·         Interact with liquid in a zero gravity environment.

The Google Tango launch is part of the fourth Visual SG, itself part of a month-long Singapore Science Festival (SSF), which returned in its 17th edition with more offerings to encourage stronger curiosity about science and innovation.

Source: Singapore Science Centre. Poster for SSF 2017.
Source: Singapore Science Centre. Poster for SSF 2017.
On till 19 August 2017, SSF 2017 will connect local and international changemakers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics community. The event is jointly organised by Science Centre Singapore and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

In line with the theme of Future Health, SSF 2017 will showcase the development and use of innovative approaches in science and technology that would support the transformation of healthcare to one centred on the well-being of patients and caregivers. This will be presented through a suite of activities, from lectures and talks, to workshops and interactive games, designed for participants of all ages.

“Science and technology have played an important role in the advancement of healthcare, and will have the potential to improve our everyday life. We’re excited to present SSF 2017 and celebrate innovations that are relevant, creative and presented in fun and interactive ways. We hope that more visitors will enjoy the wide range of multisensory activities offered during SSF, and that it will inspire visitors young and old to discover science and innovation in their own way,” said Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore when the event was announced. SSF 2017 also features refreshed returns of crowd favourites like X-periment! @ one-north Festival, Singapore Maker Extravaganza, STAR Lecture and Visual SG. 

“Every year, the Singapore Science Festival highlights the profound contributions of STEM* to both economic and societal outcomes. This year’s focus on the future of health is particularly pertinent, given our rapidly ageing population and also a general increased awareness of the importance of individual health and wellness,” said Professor Ng Huck Hui, Executive Director of the A*STAR Graduate Academy, and the Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR.

"We hope that this year’s festival encourages young people to take a greater interest in scientific research that impacts health and more, and inspires them to take a more active role in the STEM community – be it as makers and hobbyists, or future scholars and academics.”

Festival highlights include:

X-periment! @ one-north Festival, a two-day science carnival on 18 and 19 August that celebrates the latest development and innovation on the theme of Future Health; 

Visual SG, a key visualisation festival ending 13 August with interactive displays, forums and workshops.

 The STAR Lecture ending 3 August, titled Supercharged: Fueling the Future by Professor Saiful Islam, who is from the department of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, UK;

Science Centre Singapore is a non-formal educational institution that brings out the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through a blend of exhibitions, educational programmes and events. The Centre’s group of attractions include Southeast Asia’s largest seamless dome screen and featuring the latest and brightest 8k digital fulldome system in the world; Singapore’s only permanent indoor snow centre; and Singapore’s first children’s science centre offering purposeful play for children aged 18 months to eight years old.

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology.


Download Tango apps

Tango is currently supported by the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the Asus ZenFone AR devices.
The ArtScience Museum of Singapore and the National Museum of Singapore also offer Tango experiences.

*Science, technology, engineering and mathematics  

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