invasion of the bats at Zoo Antwerp

interactive bat cave

The Antwerp Zoo has a new attraction. The new Kitum Cave is taking the visitors to the African continent. ›living surface‹ is making the underground world of rocks come to life. Projected virtual bats fly around the visitors.

The Kitum Cave in the Mount Elgon National Park is the most well-known among the famous elephant caves. The massive animals enter the caves to perform a sort of mining. They use their tusks to scratch the salty rock from the inside walls of the cave. Being used to the low sodium diet of the jungle, salt is a delicious delicatessen for them. 

The new attraction in the Zoo Antwerp demonstrates all the rich aspects of animal life in the African caves. Same as in the original example, large colonies of bats reside at the ceilings. Thanks to the technology of ›living surface‹ the Belgium virtual representation of the original bats colony is showing the same behavior when visitors interrupt their rest. They fly around wildly until the intruder will either hit the rock or will stumble over virtual insects shown by the interactive floor projection. 

vertigo systems was responsible for both interactive installations including the original technology ›living surface‹ and custom 3D content development services. 

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