THARSIS is an interactive exhibit where you can walk on Mars and complete a mission for NASA. The exhibit uses physical and digital props like 3D holograms, projection mapping and arduino buttons to simulate a Mars landscape in the region of Tharsis.
THARASIS was a collaborative projects utilizing the skills of New Media Designer, New Media Interactive Developers and Industrial Designers.
As one of the industrial designers on the team, I was tasked with designing, prototyping and fabricating all physical aspects of the exhibit and the layout of the floor.
THARSIS was presented at IMAGINE RIT, Rochester Instititute of Technology's annual Innovation and Creativity Festival. Over 1000 people walked on Mars.
Working with the other industrial designer and the developer, we developed rock forms, button arduinos, 8ft tall wooden projector mounts, 3D holograms and takeaway items.
Two large 2 ft sq holograms were situated in the beginning of the exhibit to demostrated the size difference between Mars and Earth. The holograms are created with PETG sheets and supported with a wooden frame.
Three interactions were created for three mission objectives. Each button was created with arduinos, mounted on a wooden structure and encased with a geometric form with. All the forms were given a Mars texture simulated with sand and red-orange spray paint.
At the end of the exhibit, visitors were given DIY Holograms for them to take a little bit of the exhibit home with them. Each takeaway items had a instructional postcard and a sheet of transparency paper.
Our exhibit was a huge success! If you would like to learn more about the project, check out our website.