Dis­cover new ex­pe­ri­ences with high-end tech­nol­ogy in Val­letta

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The fu­ture tech­nolo­gies that we once thought can only be seen in movies will be com­ing to Science in the City on Fri­day the 29 Septem­ber from 6pm on­wards.

Get your dose of high tech­nol­ogy with ro­bots, vir­tual re­al­ity, aug­mented re­al­ity art in­stal­la­tions and in­ter­ac­tive games un­der the arches near Pjazza Regina (in col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Malta, from the De­part­ments of Cog­ni­tive Science, Me­dia and Knowl­edge Sciences, Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and the In­sti­tute of Dig­i­tal Games, Uni­ver­sity of Malta). There will also be apps to re­port staged crimes, an in­ter­ac­tive light sculp­ture and Malta’s largest holo­gram (MCAST).

Light Pushes Stuff is a mov­ing light in­stal­la­tion that will take place in Ord­nance Street, near the Par­lia­ment build­ing.

This is be­ing set up by Late In­ter­ac­tive in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the De­part­ment of Physics at the Uni­ver­sity of Malta. Last year the Late In­ter­ac­tive cre­ated Brain­rave, a sys­tem that could con­trol mu­sic and visu­als us­ing the brain.

This year, the in­stal­la­tion is made up of ki­netic lights that can be con­trolled us­ing what you can usu­ally find in your pocket— your mo­bile phone! The phone torch will be used to rep­re­sent the sci­en­tific phe­nom­e­non of ra­di­a­tion pres­sure.

When the phone light hits the sculp­tures’ lights they will form dif­fer­ent pat­terns rep­re­sent­ing how light can be used to push things. This pro­ject is co-funded by the Malta Arts Fund and Hy­brid Op­tome­chan­i­cal Tech­nolo­gies (HOT) pro­ject, which is funded by the Hori­zon 2020 (H2020, 2014–2020) Pro­gramme of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

In the Vir­tual Re­al­ity (VR) area un­der the arches near Pjazza Regina, three in­ter­ac­tive VR apps will be tried out.

The apps will sim­u­late a flute, what it’ is like to live in the life of a child with autism or that of a mi­grant child in class (De­part­ment of Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and In­sti­tute of Dig­i­tal Games). In col­lab­o­ra­tion with OpenTinkers, the stand will also in­clude an in­ter­ac­tive LED board and ro­bots.

Science in the City—Euro­pean Re­searchers’ Night fes­ti­val, is or­gan­ised by the Uni­ver­sity of Malta, the Re­search Trust of the Uni­ver­sity of Malta and the Malta Cham­ber of Sci­en­tists to­gether with a large num­ber of part­ners.

It is funded by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s Re­search and In­no­va­tion Frame­work Pro­gramme Hori­zon 2020 (H2020, 2014–2020) by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ac­tions and recog­nised as a Fes­ti­val by Europe for Fes­ti­vals and Fes­ti­vals for Europe (EFFE).

It is sup­ported by Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Dig­i­tal Econ­omy and In­no­va­tion, and a num­ber of cor­po­rate spon­sors.

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