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Sir Henry Parkes: “Father Of Federation”

The Pod is pleased to announce the successful completion of The Henry Parkes Story exhibition in Parkes, New South Wales.

Installed within Moat House Cottage, a replica of Sir Henry Parkes’ cottage in Coventry, England, this 12-minute cinematic animation not only tells the story of Australia’s “Father Of Federation” Henry Parkes, but also explores a number of significant historical events, both local and global, that occurred parallel with his life.

An ultra widescreen, three-projection system combined with 5.1 surround sound creates a very unique and engaging experience for the viewer. The animations are completely derived from actual historical photographs, with the story transporting viewers all the way from the Battle of Waterloo to Charles Darwin’s infamous voyage to the Galapagos Islands.

Opening to the public this week, The Henry Parkes Story is a permanent installation, a fitting tribute to and celebration of the man, as well as the township named in his honour.

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LEAP Motion Gesture Control

The Pod recently road tested a new and exciting innovation in gesture-based digital interactivity, developing a display which allows users to navigate, zoom and rotate 3-D digital models on a screen without any physical contact with the interface.

Utilising LEAP motion-capture technology, and coded using Unity, a multi-platform game engine, users are able to examine detailed 3-D models of WW1 weaponry, aircraft and vehicles without actually touching the screen or using a pointing device.

The LEAP motion sensor responds to specific hand gestures made by the user to control navigation. For example, making a fist stops any action from occurring, similar to lifting a computer mouse off the mousepad. Open hand swiping gestures allows navigation through the interactive, whilst two fingers pointed allows the user to press the “buttons” on the screen.

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In mid-March, The Pod ventured out to the remote town of Robinvale in northern Victoria, hoping to learn a thing or two about the Robinvale way of life and generally get a feel for the Mallee.

Turns out the ‘feel’ of the Mallee is ‘very hot’. And the Robinvale ‘way of life’ involves farming. A lot of farming. And in the case of Select Harvests, almond farming. Which is exactly what we were there to see.

Working alongside Louise Fitzroy, founder of From Paddock to Plate, a company devoted to teaching school children about sustainability and food production, The Pod filmed and produced a series of videos about the journey every almond takes, from the orchard, all the way to the supermarket shelves.

Needless to say, we learnt a lot about almonds, and are very glad to be involved in such an educational and responsible project.

To Infiniti & Beyond

Last week, The Pod produced and installed a number of interactive displays for the Infiniti Marquee at the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix. Working alongside Noisy Beast, the interactive exhibitions showcased the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid car and the Red Bull-Infiniti IRB11 F1 Racing car.

Providing in-depth understanding of the mechanics and components of each vehicle, the displays consisted of an electronic membrane attached to a glass panel, which was configured to respond to the gestures of users. A projection of each vehicle appeared on the panels, allowing the user to select any component of the car and learn more about it’s function.

The display was free and open to the crowds for all three days of the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix.