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Using Augmented Reality technology, Cobalt brought to life nine iconic Australian-designed objects with advanced 3D modelling for the ‘Light, Colour, Humanity – The Legacy of Alistair Swayn’ exhibit, curated by Ian Wong. The AR experience was featured earlier this year as a part of the Enlighten Festival, then in the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

To create this unique AR experience, our team took a meticulous approach. We had the actual products sent to our studio, then every product was studied, measured, and analysed in detail before being recreated in 3D CAD. This allowed us to achieve exceptional accuracy and attention to detail, ensuring the virtual representations were true-to-life in every aspect.

The outdoor AR experience featured a captivating array of coloured and illuminated plinths. By scanning the QR code on each block using a mobile device, viewers could instantly see each iconic object come to life on their device. This interactive feature allowed users to engage with these key designs from Australia’s rich history of product design. Viewers were encouraged to guess the objects, using clues or hints provided with each installation.

These iconic objects capture the history, colour, and community at the heart of Australian product design.

Read more about Cobalt’s virtual and augmented reality capabilities

Most of the objects were created before 3D modelling was an industry standard, so it was quite the honour for us to see how well harmonised the forms were.

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