See how Climate Change and Overfishing affects your nearest coral reef. Compare the health of your coral reef and immerse yourself in a 360-degree underwater world.
Fish Hotel is an augmented reality experience for mobile devices and an interactive multimedia projection. Fish Hotel uses location data to visualize actual coral reef quality data as a 3d animated water world inhabited by fish and coral. As a user launches the app on any mobile device, an immersive 360-degree underwater world envelops them.The AR environment is inhabited by all kinds of fish at different levels of the food chain as well as aquatic organisms including shrimp, algae, and anemones. Together, these creatures form a scintillating and interdependent ecosystem. All elements in this AR world are rendered as 3d animation accompanied by a surround sound mix of hydrophone recordings of reef habitats.
This immersive augmented reality environment responds to the health of the nearest coral reef through key indicators provided by a custom API that triangulates the device location and finds the closest reef to the device. These data indicators also include overfishing data, water temperature, water quality, and cross reef wave and water level. As multiple factors affect the reef, the resulting ecological imbalance is reflected in the applicationâ€™s visualization. For example, if the water temperature is high and there is overfishing, the user will see algae growing on the coral, the anemones dying, and the fish population diminishing.
By creating a compelling virtual ecosystem, my project educates viewers about the current state of their local coral reefs while artfully exploring points of connection between the coral, its inhabitants, and the larger ecosystem reefs support. We inhabit a world where marine habitats are threatened by climate change, pollution, and overfishing. Websites that provide climate change data are challenging for a typical user to interpret and connect to our everyday lived experience. My hope is that Fish Hotel functions as a portal illuminating the liquid systems of which we are a part and on which our lives and the lives of our planetary co-inhabitants depend.
Ratings and Reviews
engaging and informative
This underwater sim is both beautiful and haunting, allowing us to receive serious data that hits close to home. If you’ve ever had a chance to go snorkeling or diving at a reef, you know how magical it can be, and you’ve probably seen the destruction of these habitats which is devastating. I love that this work of art can remind us of the sacredness of those special environments, and bring it into our daily lives. The app’s interactive images provide a sense of wonder and hope for what could be possible if we come together to change the conditions that are hurting us and our oceans.
Powerful aesthetics and smooth navigation
The aesthetics of the underwater environment is very intriguing to interact with. Very practical and important game for anyone who is interested in knowing more about aquatic lives and a smooth navigation through their world of habitats. This is a AR game so please make sure to share your location and your camera while playing the game. I made this mistake at first by not sharing my location with the app and it crashed but after that when I reinstalled the game I could play it smoothly. Give it a try!!
Brilliant App - Awesome visuals!
Seeing the world through a lens we rarely consider. Reminds me of those constellation spotting apps but pointing in the other direction. Definitely enjoyed showing it off to friends.
The visuals are spectacular to look at. Adjusting the threat settings though…reminds me that there’s a deeper message about our impact on this ecosystem.
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- Sabine Gruffat
- 302.1 MB
- Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 15.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 12.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- © Sabine Gruffat 2023