Sketch Aquarium – Interactive Play Space for Kids

May 15th, 2014

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Look at this quite amazing play area in Japan. Sketch Aquarium – is a creative space where children can foster their artistic skills by designing fish and then interacting with them in a virtual tank. 

The genius behind this new self-dubbed “future park” is a group called teamLab which aims to provide children with a space to play and learn together. They developed the virtual aquarium with the goal of “encouraging children to become creative through collaboration. The play area utilizes the latest technology while at the same time encouraging children to move their bodies, interact with one another, and work collaboratively on honing their creative skills.

Here’s how it works:

First, children choose a template of the fish that they want to see swim in the aquarium and color it however they like.

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Next, they scan the completed drawing on a special machine.

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And then, their fish magically appear on the giant screen and start swimming around! The images are even programmed to move like real fish, changing direction in the water.

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Currently, the Sketch Aquarium is only open for limited periods of time at certain locations throughout Japan. I am just hoping this makes its way over here!  Watch the video to see it in action.

 

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