Sourya Sen

Interactive Digital Aquarium

Over the summer of 2018, we (Jukka Eerikäinen, John Lee, Laura Horton and I) developed a permanent installation for the New Children’s Hospital in Helsinki. Comprising of a digital display and custom image scanning hardware, it enables children to colour pre-defined fish outlines which can be then scanned into the aquarium where they come to life, swimming around with different behaviours.

Scanning Desk

Image Scanning

The project was developed using Unity and comprises of custom hardware and fabrication, image recognition and processing and a 3D scene with custom fish behaviours alongside population control and other optimization algorithms.

The project has been covered in various news outlets and media of which some links are below.

Aalto University Magazine


The full code base, as well as releases, can be found on Github.