The area of the historic Austro-Hungarian water reservoir has been converted into the visitor center Herman Potočnik Noordung as part of the HERA project for the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria. The former water reservoir, which was in function until 1960, is now completely revitalized for the purpose of culture and tourism in the region. An exhibition of old postcards and other objects from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy have been exhibited, and the space is also used as an educational center for all age groups.
The Herman Potočnik Noordung Visitor Center is equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia information technology, multilingual interactive presentations, virtual walks and guides that introduce visitors to the world of the Austro-Hungarian Pula cultural route. The center was named after rocket engineer Herman Potočnik Noordung, an Austro-Hungarian pioneer of astronautics born in Pula in 1892.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria, a new visitor center has been opened in the area of the former reservoir, and it was necessary to equip the center with a modern multimedia setup.
The main challenge of this project was to create various multimedia solutions that would show the historical and cultural route of Austro-Hungarian Pula and the story of rocket engineer Herman Potočnik. Since multimedia installation on the wall of the reservoir was not possible, it was necessary to plan an installation that would best utilize the space and allow optimal placement of multimedia units.
The solution had to be equipped with a package of centrally managed multimedia applications, and in the creative part of the project it was necessary to study historical topics, develop visual content and design user interfaces. The developed content would thus be displayed through a multimedia display installed inside the former water reservoir.
The project includes two PandoPad® FLOOR units, two PandoPad® KIDS units, and an interactive projection in the form of a game "The Problem of Space Travel". Finally, a PandoPad® Manager system as a central place to manage all content and a large package of PandoPad® Applications were delivered.
The housings of all our interactive PandoPad units are modern, attractive looking, specially designed for indoor installation. The screens are of most modern technologies, high brightness, and due to their characteristics they dominate the space.
To make it easier for children to access interactive content and games, we have specially designed our PandoPad® KIDS units of smaller interactive screens.
Interactive projections and games are performed by professional projectors and an infrared camera system for motion detection.
The set of applications shows the cultural route of Austro-Hungarian Pula through various digital postcards, brochures, galleries, pictures, videos, and games.
The set of applications allows visitors to enter the time machine and send a digital postcard, dive with a submarine to discover the Istrian underwater treasures, and play various games.
The interactive projection " The Problem of Space Travel " refers to the book by rocket engineer Herman Potočnik, in which he proposes a plan for space exploration and designs the space station. Visitors will be able to navigate the astronaut with hand movements as he moves through space.
The set of applications for the youngest provides games such as geolocator, coloring book, puzzle and memory game.