Media installations for the Dresden Transport Museum

Media installations for the Dresden Transport Museum

On July 11th 2015 the Dresden Transport Museum opened its new permanent exhibition "Right of way - History of road transport". Our team contributed by planning and implementing two interactive installations: the projection of the combustion process directly onto an engine and a smart wall for exploring the future of road transport.

Engine projection

This installation visualizes the internal combustion process of an "Horch 8" directly on the engine itself. For that it had to be carefully reconstructed in 3D using both classical modelling approaches and 3D scanning. In this way both the interior mechanics and the exterior shell of the engine where digitally assembled. Using an angled projection from 45 degrees, ẃe project an distortion free image onto both front and one side of the engine.

The stages of the combustion process can be studied in depth while the installation is in explanation mode. Alternatively, the visitors can use a gas pedal to control the speed of the engine.

SmartWall: Future Forum

The Future Forum invites visitors to immerse themselves in different visions for the future of road transport. A SmartWall made from three 55" multi-touch displays presents a virtual city, which can be explored and manipulated in multiple ways. For maximum accessibility the displays are built into the wall diagonally.

Visitors who want to learn about the visions of others can draw from an extensive information supply. Experts from both science and business give short interviews about their predictions for the state of road transport in the coming years. Articles from a blog on the future of mobility give deeper insights into specific topics. Visitors can choose to participate in a survey on their habits in using road transport and can compare their own answers to the answers of previous visitors.

Most important however, are the visions of the visitors themselves. They can create their own, ideal city by turning industrial areas into residential distcricts or parks. Even the size of the streets can be adjusted. However, these actions have consequences on the mood of different traffic participants (like drivers, bikers and pedestrians). The mood can be tracked in real time on the wall.

Creative visitors can design their own car, bike, skateboard or general vehicle of the future. They can either draw directly on the screen or on a piece of paper, which can be scanned by the wall. Creations of other visitors can be browsed in a gallery.