The British Science Festival is the largest public showcase for science in the UK. This year it was hosted by Swansea University, from 5th to 9th September 2016.
Following the proposal, which was submitted to the Festival organisers in January 2016, the PROTOTOUCH project was selected to be a part of the Family Weekend. This is a two-day event following the core festival, which aims to promote science and encourage curiosity in general public, and especially children, by involving them into workshops and fun hands-on activities.
The Family Weekend, themed around the celebrations of Roald Dahl’s centenary, was held in Waterfront Museum in Swansea on 10th and 11th of September. The event has generated unprecedented interest with some 6500 visitors participating in the activities over the two days (2,727 on Saturday and 3,760 on Sunday).
The PROTOTOUCH Fellows caught the public interest by showcasing computer simulations of tactile explorations on big screens, inviting children to get tricked by haptic illusions, and fascinating teenagers and their parents by hands-on experience with haptic displays. Brygida, Dusan and Teja were mostly involved with visitors intrigued by simple haptic illusions, while Eric, Vincenzo and Zlatko explained the techniques supporting haptic displays, and demonstrated capabilities of E-ViTa and Senseg devices on variety of applications.
More information about the event, presenters and activities can be found on their official website, http://www.britishsciencefestival.org/ .