World of Plankton

Researchers at RPI have developed a mixed-reality museum installation called the “World of Plankton (WOP).” WOP offers users a multisensory, interactive game based on phytoplankton ecology. Thanks to a virtual touch pool, users can manipulate and augment imagery of specific fish, microalgae, and other aquatic flora and fauna. Doing so launches sound effects, animation and engaging educational facts. The WOP exhibit connects to 3D printed sculptures and immersive mural, all of which are annotated with QR codes and augmented reality capabilities.