Seattle’s Space Needle, originally built as a symbol of the future for the Age of Space 1962 World’s Fair, just launched several new interactive features to reimagine the tourist experience. Working with creative agency Creature for creative direction and content production, design firm Stimulant developed the 520 Teleporter digital kiosks that “teleport” guests 520 feet down to some of the most popular places in Seattle. The firm used Microsoft’s Photosynth to augment their 3-D imaging technology and create immersive views of Seattle hotspots. Viewers can check out the Pike Place Market for a “fisheye view” as a fish flies through the air into a crowd of onlookers, see what it looks like inside the octopus tank at the Seattle Aquarium or climb aboard one of the houseboats made famous by the film Sleepless in Seattle. Other features include a smartphone app, interactive observation deck and more.
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