Bug Rug

This is a project I developed during my period at Snibbe Interactive. I was responsible of the programming, following my personal interpretation on Katherine Trimble’s design and concept. See the product page here.

The project offers a view of the madagascar rainforest, allowing museum visitors to step in and interact with it. It is a floor projection controlled by an infrared camera. Plants, leaves, ants and bugs react to visitors. Visitors can can interact with bug bait, and encouraged to place it in one of the bug traps. When left alone, bugs will crawl for bait, and get trapped. When this happens, the visitors are rewarded on a second screen with scientific information about the captured bug.

Bug Rug is currently installed in the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Video edits by Noah Cunningham.