Connected Places Catapult
Birmingham, United Kingdom
London-based Connected Places Catapult (CPC) has had an Igloo since 2018 (which you can read a little bit about here). And, as well as being used for CPC events and presentations, it’s available for anyone to hire for their own Shared VR projects and purposes.
One of the big CPC benefits is the way it brings together the public and private sectors, with a particular emphasis on local government and transport authorities. To this end, CPC took its Igloo to Solace Summit 2019, and gave eight small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to showcase their wares to more than 300 local government and public sector professionals.
CPC engaged us to transport the Igloo, with fresh new covers, to the event. The flexibility of the Igloo software meant each of the eight SMEs could display a wide range of content, including 360° presentations, 180° animations, and a great set of 360° lidar scans put together by the team at Scanlabs.
Judging from the feedback, the Summit was a resounding success. For instance, Darshana at Coplug told us that, despite some initial scepticism, she noticed a definite increase in engagement from people who saw a video in the Igloo, compared to the same video on a laptop.
For more on the Summit itself and CPC’s part in it, here’s a great blog from CPC’s Cera Wong, and the video gives a few more perspectives on the role of the Igloo.
Used for controlling most aspects of the Igloo system, like triggering content, controlling playback and switching between content types.
An application that controls the Igloo wirelessly over a dedicated Wi-Fi network. Easily control different functions from tabs across the top of the app.
Back-end software that seamlessly blends all content from the multiple projectors in the Igloo. Corrects geometry and colour for an immersive experience.
“Presenting in the Igloo today has been a unique and interesting experience. This allows stakeholders to really engage with the scenarios they create and understand how the community can be affected by transport changes.”
“Having the Igloo provides a very safe, quiet space for SMEs to talk to local authorities and local governments about future potential areas of collaboration.”
SME Development Manager, Connected Places Catapult