Connected Coral

The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Richard Vevers

Connected Coral integrates physical and digital elements in a visualization of the environmental impacts on reefs. This complex projection mapping uses multiple projectors, angled mirrors, and a motion sensor to create an interactive digital skin on a complex three-dimensional surface.

To integrate the projected content with the physical design, the students fabricated the physical coral model based on photogrammetry scans of real coral, warped and blended the projected areas, and factored in hardware specifications. These modifications minimize visual distortion on the uneven surface and allow for an uninhibited interactive experience.

This project was created through the Open Ocean Initiative and will be on display at the MIT Museum through Spring 2019.