SINGAPORE: Singapore’s first digital edutainment facility MOSH! opened in Sentosa on Thursday (Feb 4), and features multimedia technology that will allow guests to create imaginary worlds of their own.
Located at the Sentosa Family Entertainment Centre, MOSH! houses five technological attractions divided into themes – Space: Fireworks Party; Air: Paper Plane Adventure; Land: Hide-and-Seek Table; Sea: Doodle Aquarium; and Fantasy: World of Wonder. The facility can accommodate up to 250 people at any given time.
Each installation uses technology such as advanced gesture recognition, multi-touch detection and motion design to create a virtual experience in real-time.
The Space: Fireworks Party, for one, features an interactive floor and uses motion detection to allow visitors to create a display of fireworks with body movements.
Visitors who wish to showcase their flair for art may head to the Doodle Aquarium, where they are given a card to draw any sea creature from their imagination.
They can then scan their card under a projector and watch their hand-drawn sea creature come to life in a giant digital aquarium.
The Paper Plane Adventure attraction is all about "interaction beyond the screen", calling for visitors to fold a paper aeroplane before starting their journey.
Depending on the force of contact and distance of the paper aeroplane hitting the multi-touch detection screen, anything from a flying creature to a giant aircraft may appear and soar off into the virtual dreamscape.
"We live in a cosmopolitan city and we're always surrounded by all the advanced technology. That's something MOSH! wants to embrace," said Ms Alyssa Alanna Tan, Sales and Marketing Specialist of parent company Creative Future Park (CFP). "By creating these individual installations, we hope to foster the communication skills among visitors through their creativity and imagination."
Encouraging family bonding time and interaction are also the main objectives of MOSH!, she added.
CFP said it is looking into "refreshing" the attractions every six to 12 months to "keep the surprise element" for its visitors.
The Hide-and-Seek Table is a multi-touch detection display that interacts with any object placed on its surface. Visitors can play hide-and-seek with a myriad of characters. (Photo: Sherlyn Goh)
The World of Wonder is targeted at younger audiences, allowing them to colour in their own mascot – or "moshcot" – and see it come alive on a big screen. (Photo: Sherlyn Goh)
IMAGINATION FUELS INNOVATION
MOSH! has been a year in the making and is a S$2.5 million project involving CFP and other partners including award-winning Japanese creative agency, 1→10, Japanese digital technology development company, Coconoe and Japanese artist Sensyu Yasuko.
Japanese artist Sensyu Yasuko working on a mural outside the MOSH! digital edutainment facility. (Photo: Sherlyn Goh)
“MOSH! is created from the belief that imagination fuels innovation. Some of the greatest innovations for the past centuries have positively changed the way we lived and shaped our society to what we know today,” said Ms Hitomi Komuro, Director of CFP and founder of MOSH!.
She added: "Through this new creative future space, we want children, and even adults, to gain confidence in their own creativity, and to share this creativity with others in a fun-loving environment.”
MOSH! opens to the public on Saturday (Feb 6), with an official opening to follow in March. Ticket prices are S$28 for adults and S$22 for children, with a family bundle available. Admission is free for children below 2 years old.