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Since October 2019 and for the first time in the world, the Parc Zoologique de Paris has welcomed a strange living creature named the blob. This unicellular organism, neither animal, nor plant or fungus, has kept the scientific community fascinated by its outstanding features.

In order to raise more acute awareness of the extraordinary living, the Parc has decided to install an interactive interface so the public could try its knowledge about the blob.

This project allows the public to autonomously discover the blob by visually replaying scientific experiments carried out by specialists during the study and research process. It is suitable for both children and adults.

Novelab has imagined an interactive spotlight display working with infrared sensors. If one person at a time can interact with the device, many more can attend the experience as spectators. From the standby screen where a giant blob is moving as if it had escaped from its viarium, the audience can start the experience by simply touching the screen. They will then find out about four of the blob’s abilities : moving, feeding, exploring and learning. The blob will be represented in a photorealistic way, hence its body and animations are constantly generated in 3D and in real-time via generative art algorithms, allowing us to replicate the organism’s organic movements.

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