Interactive Table: Dangerous Australian Animals

This is pretty neat: the Australian company Lightwell created a 6 m (~ 20 ft) long interactive table exploring Australia's deadliest animals.

The largest and most ambitious multimedia element in the exhibition is a six-metre long interactive table exploring Australia’s deadliest top ten. The saltwater crocodile, funnel web spider, box jelly fish, brown snake – what happens if you encounter them and what should you do to survive? Scurrying across sand or lurking under rippling waters, the table’s inhabitants respond immediately to prying visitors in a scarily life-like way.

Created using custom software running on Mac OS X, visitors can interact directly with these ‘dangerous Australians’ and enjoy an immersive and informative experience. As well as risk being bitten or attacked, visitors can use a magnifying glass tool to get a closer look, or find out more about each creature’s habitat and behaviour, or first aid treatment. Multiple users can interact with the table at any one time, making the experience all the more fun and lively.

GeekAlerts has the video clip: Link

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Bill Bryson's book, In A Sunburned Country explained to me that in Australia, where environmental conditions are pretty harsh all over, there have evolved some of the most poisonous and aggressive species on the planet. Fight to survive.
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