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QuantIC’s new augmented reality exhibit was met with wild enthusiasm by visitors at New Scientist Live in London where it was exhibited as part of Quantum City last weekend. The interactive exhibit was developed specially to raise awareness of the Hub’s technologies such as photon-counting LIDAR and gas imaging and to act as a catalyst to encourage the public to ask questions about the technologies’ potential applications in for example, autonomous vehicles of the future.
QuantIC researcher and exhibitor Ermes Toninelli said, “Kids and grown-ups had fun looking at the reflections of photons from a virtual light-source, scattering and reflecting off of a mannequin head. I knew it was a success when I saw an improvised ‘quantum optics scientist’ trying to catch some of the scattered photons in mid-air, lost between the illusion of a virtual and real world.” The exhibit was also popular with some well known personalities in the scientific community, including Dr Patrick Valance, the government’s chief scientific advisor and British astronaut Tim Peake.
QuantIC’s Dr Matt Edgar said, “If I had to pick one highlight of the day, it would be when British astronaut Tim Peake found time in his busy schedule to engage with our exhibit, learn about our world research and become an experimental quantum physicist for the day!” He added, “Overall our experience at New Scientist Live has given me confidence that our new exhibit really works and will make a big impact on the public for many years to come.”
Developed with support from The Leverhulme Trust, there are also plans to take QuantIC’s augmented reality exhibit to other science festivals as well as into schools to encourage students to consider studying physics and engineering at university.