The Malta Independent 24 September 2017, Sunday

Discover new experiences with high-end technology in Valletta

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 10:56 Last update: about 10 days ago

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).

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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.

Full programme: www.scienceinthecity.org.mt or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScienceInTheCityMalta.

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