Project Type Interactive Installations

Museum Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre

Location Salmiya, Kuwait

Case Study Process of creating 33 interactive applications for the largest museum in the world

Building

Interactive

APPLICATIONS

FOR THE BIGGEST

MUSEUM IN

THE WORLD

Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre is one of the world’s largest cultural complexes housing a total of 22 galleries with over 1,100 exhibits.

01

INTRODUCTION

About the project

Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre celebrates mankind’s scientific and cultural achievements. It contains 1,100 exhibits in six different buildings - Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Museum of Islamic History, Space Museum, Fine Arts Centre and Theatre.

Together with our partnering agency Kingdom X, we designed and developed a set of advanced applications that connected with various hardware devices to form interactive installations for exhibits within the museum complex.

1

Interactive applications

By connecting innovative technologies, we created 33 applications that enable all visitors of the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre to explore, play, interact and learn about the world.

2

Advanced technology

Applications we designed and developed connect to various different hardware devices like robotic controllers, motion sensors, touch screens, projections, DMX light controllers and RFID sensors.

3

Limitless possibilities

Through the applications, museum visitors have the ability to take on the roles of scientists, experiment and learn about environment, history, art, space, energy and a variety of other topics.

4

Immersive experience

To make the museum look and feel immersive, applications and installations use different sensors to enable all visitors to interact with them via motion, touch, proximity or remote controls.

THE SHEIKH

ABDULLAH AL SALEM

CULTURAL CENTRE

application #1

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PROSPECTING

EXHIBIT

01

This interactive installation takes users through the process of oil prospecting, where they need to use provided funds to survey and drill on potential oil sites.

Application specifics

As finding oil is not an exact science, visitors need to use clues to estimate what their chances of finding oil are. They can use exploration drills as the most reliable methods to check for oil, but as they are also the most expensive ones, users need to manage their budget correctly.

5 - 10 min

Dwell Time

4

Maximum no. of users

Gallery Zone Our Earth

Gallery Type Beneath the Earth

Story The power beneath our feet

Technologies Used

  • RFID sensors
  • Touch sensors
  • Projection table
  • PHP
  • JavaScript

application #2

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EARLY

WARNING

SYSTEMS

02

Naturally-occurring weather events can inflict a lot of infrastructural damage to the cities and even result in the loss of life. That’s why inhabited areas use warning systems.

Application specifics

This interactive installation puts visitors in control of warning systems. Their goal is to save the city from natural disasters by interpreting weather data and sounding the appropriate alarms to warn the citizens of upcoming dangers. Predicting wrong events leaves the city unprepared.

5 - 10 min

Dwell Time

1

Maximum no. of users

Gallery Zone Our Earth

Gallery Type Weather Forecasting

Story Weather Now

Technologies Used

  • Multitouch screens
  • PHP
  • JavaScript

application #3

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CO2

EMISSIONS

03

Every country participates in global CO2 production. Users can find out which countries have the biggest effect on climate change and what they’re doing to reduce that impact.

Application specifics

This interactive application features a world map that shows information about the world’s biggest polluters. A simple click on each country on the map inflates a physical balloon within the installation and shows the amount of pollution each country produces.

1 min

Dwell time

1

Maximum no. of users

Gallery Zone Our place in nature

Gallery Type Our place in Kuwait

Story Human impact on the environment

Technologies used

  • Multitouch screens
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • Phidget Analog 4-output
  • Air pump

application #4

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SUSTAINABLE

INFRASTRUCTURE

04

This interactive board game motivates users to roll the dice and answer questions about sustainable housing, while a multiplayer component adds the element of competition.

Application specifics

To interact with this application, users need to place their hands above certain parts of the board. By combining motion cameras and virtual projections, this digital board game uses a dice roll mechanic to determine where users will land and what questions will they have to answer.

3 min

Dwell time

2

Maximum no. of users

Gallery Type Our place in nature

Gallery Zone Our place in Kuwait

Story Human impact on the environment

Technologies Used

  • Projector
  • Microsoft Kinect
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • NodeJS
  • Custom hand tracking algorithm

application #5

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ALTERNATIVE

SOURCES OF

ENERGY

05

By exploring the available options and adding different energy sources to a country’s energy mix, users learn about the positive and negative sides of each energy source.

Application specifics

This installation prompts visitors to create a diversified energy mix for a country. Users need to rely on combining natural resources like sun or wind, with coal and nuclear power, all with the goal of having a maximum amount of energy with as little pollution as possible.

3 min

Dwell time

1

Maximum no. of users

Gallery Type Our place in nature

Gallery Zone Our place in Kuwait

Story Human impact on the environment

Technologies Used

  • Multitouch screen
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • RFID reader

application #6

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TEETH

AND JAWS

06

By examining the teeth of various fossils, palaeontologists can determine preferred diet of the fossilised animal. This application puts museum visitors into the same role.

Application Specifics

In this interactive installation, visitors can take a magnifier to explore the fossils on the table and look for clues in order to determine the animal’s diet. This gamified concept shows users how palaeontologists use comparisons with modern animals to get new findings.

3 min

Dwell time

1

Maximum no. of users

Gallery Type Prehistoric life

Gallery Zone Investigating dinosaurs

Story Examining fossils - palaeo lab

Technologies used

  • Multitouch screen
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • WebGL