Solar System Tour and Navigator

Apoorva Ramakrishnan, Sarah Peng

An educational tour of our solar system with a twist that puts a planet right in the palms of the user.


Space is big and cool, and traditional point and click solar system tours are a short and sweet way to learn about it. But just pointing and clicking at stuff with a cursor is kinda stale, so we wanted to make it possible for a user to really get their hands in there. That's how the controller came to be. It's a 6DOF sensor encased in a sphere, allowing users to spin planets around to look at them every which way. It's educational too, with facts being displayed for each planet. Combined with a traditional solar system tour interface made in p5.js, the alternative controller is meant to subvert an expectation while creating a freshly immersive and playful experience for users.


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