Xplore Athens, The Family Entertainment Centre Full of Technically Creative BrillianceFebruary 16, 2020
You might have seen from our social media recently that we’ve been busy, being all technical and creative. Well these last few months we’ve been hard at work, helping to create Xplore, the Family Entertainment Centre over in Athens. We started production for the attraction back in September, and it’s now almost finished, after 6 months it’ll finally be open to the public.
The FEC in Athens is a project we were very keen to work on. The 4500 square metre centre is designed for kids to have fun, whilst discovering the world around them and learning. At Xplore, kids (and parents) can enjoy three different sections, “the Exploratorium” which focuses on science, “Adventureland” and “The Oceans”, which is an interactive aquarium. These 2 sections consist of more than 20 different zones, which we have filled with different immersive interactives for all ages to enjoy.
For the Exploratorium, we’ve created and installed a Laser Harp, Motion Graffiti, and a Giant Piano. In Adventureland there’s a Laser Maze, or you can design and service a car, or even have a go on our racing simulator. One of our favourite interactives is Pedal Power. This is a great physical interactive exhibit where visitors generate ‘virtual power.’ Our system can sense how many users are playing and adjusts the power output accordingly, so even with one player they’ll be able to supercharge the MEGATRON! The ’power’ lights up and flows along the floor from each players position and makes its way to the Megatron generator capacitor. The power then charges the storage capacitor until enough power is stored which then erupts out of the generator via the tesla coils! The exhibit has great lighting and audio effects, and it’s connected to the gallery’s overhead RGB lighting system for added intensity!
This area of the centre also features a new interactive we’ve created, called Virtual Village. This has taken us 6 months to turn the idea into reality, through design and programming, and we are very proud to be debuting it at the Athens FEC. Similar to ‘SimCity’ this is a totally interactive installation. Players use various transport types: Boats, planes, trains and automobiles as physical hands on models to place on our sensing internal projection table. Our sensing system knows where and what transport type has been placed down on the table. Then through the use of our live rendering software, it builds the virtual village in real time.
We have then created an interactive zone where you can feed virtual fish, as a part of “the Seas” section. We have also installed the less exciting parts of the centre, all the lighting, show control, electrical control systems, audio and PA systems throughout.
The Xplore FEC is the first entertainment complex for kids in Greece, and so we have created over 15 different interactives to ensure that people from all over the world visit the centre over and over again. Our team over in Athens consisted of an electrician, labourer, network engineer, 2 technicians and 2 programmers, and our Founder and Managing Director Marc couldn’t be more proud, “The team has done an amazing job, and they’ve dealt with any challenges that have come their way extraordinarily well.” High praise from the boss indeed.
With just less than 2 weeks until completion, you’ll soon be able to head over to the Xplore FEC in Athens, and enjoy all the fun interactives that we’ve dedicated our last 6 months to creating. To find out more about all of the exhibits, you can look on the Xplore website here.
We look forward to bringing you more information on our other projects soon!