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The Giant Dinosaurs

Client: Heureka

The Giant Dinosaurs have returned to Heureka Science Centre,
and now the visitors can experience how it feels to be a hatching
dinosaur egg in a virtual reality (VR) experience by ZOAN.

The Giant Dinosaurs

Client: Heureka

The Giant Dinosaurs have returned to Heureka Science Centre, and now the visitors can experience how it feels to be a hatching dinosaur egg in a virtual reality (VR) experience by ZOAN.

The Client

What is Heureka?

Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre introduces the public to science and technology in an engaging and interactive way. Visitors can experience the joy of discovery through spectacular exhibitions, planetarium films and events. Heureka is one of Finland’s most popular recreational centres, attracting an average of nearly 300,000 visitors each year.

The Brief

Heureka Science Centre is celebrating their 30th birthday with The Giant Dinosaurs exhibition that features moving robot dinosaurs in natural habitats, genuine dinosaur fossils and replica dinosaur skeletons. Visitors can learn how some dinosaurs grew so huge, how palaeontologists do their work and how dinosaurs survive to this day.

Heureka wanted to include virtual reality in their exhibition to let the visitors learn about dinosaurs in a new, engaging way. ZOAN made various concepts for the VR experience, and finally, the “Dinosaur Nest” concept was selected. In the experience the visitor hatches from a saurolophus egg.

The Journey

To be able to create a realistic experience, ZOAN worked together with a dinosaur expert from Heureka which helped to establish the correct structure, colours and sounds for the virtual dinosaurs. The final result was a high-quality VR experience where the user gets to take a peek in the dinosaur world.

The Journey

To be able to create a realistic experience, ZOAN worked together with a dinosaur expert from Heureka which helped to establish the correct structure, colours and sounds for the virtual dinosaurs. The final result was a high-quality VR experience where the user gets to take a peek in the dinosaur world.

The Journey

To be able to create a realistic experience, ZOAN worked together with a dinosaur expert from Heureka which helped to establish the correct structure, colours and sounds for the virtual dinosaurs. The final result was a high-quality VR experience where the user gets to take a peek in the dinosaur world.

“The idea was to take the visitor somewhere they cannot ever go.”

―Antti Kemppainen, Senior IT Coordinator at Heureka

End Result

The Giant Dinosaurs exhibition in Heureka is open 2.2.2019 – 15.3.2020. In the VR experience created for Oculus Go you are inside the dinosaur egg. The egg is hatching, so you have to break the egg as the user. Once the egg is broken, you are able to look around. You see different plants, on the other side you can see a subtropical plateau and on the other side a swampy mixed woodland. The dinosaur mother comes to check up on the hatchlings and brings them food. Experiencing a part of the dinosaur exhibit in virtual reality leaves an unforgettable memory for the visitor.

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