Interactive Model of a PoW Camp!

Well I finally settled on a project for my Interactive Exhibit Design class: an interactive model of the prisoner of war camp in Riding Mountain National Park. Having created a digital model of the camp last semester, I wanted to incorporate that work into something that could theoretically be used for a public display. Here’s the plan…

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I am currently building a physical model of the site (about 1/500 scale) on a 20″ x 30″ foam board. The buildings are also being built from foam board and are “wrapped” in the textures from my 3D model. A number of buttons will be strategically placed throughout the map and the idea is that users will be able to push one of these buttons, triggering a 360° video/viewer (on a nearby screen) of the model from that viewpoint. This will hopefully allow users to get the camp layout and provide a little more immersion than a stand-alone model.

As of right now, the plan for the interactive portion will use buttons hooked up to a Makey-Makey and Max 6 which should provide me with everything I need. Time (and skills) permitting, I’d also like to see if I can provide a way to switch between “historic” (using the model) and a modern (using photographs taken at the site) 360° views.

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The first of my buildings

Stay tuned for more updates!

Published by Michael O'Hagan

Historian studying German Prisoners of War in Canada during the Second World War

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