Researchers at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) have created Tales of the Park, a new digital experience for visitors to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area. 3D-printed interactive creatures including bees, otters, bats and garden gnomes that you can chat to using your smartphone are now located in a range of locations for people to find.
Funded by PETRAS, a multi-university research hub established to investigate the ‘Internet of Things’, the creatures are intended as a fun way to allow visitors to explore some of the security issues that surround ‘natural language interfaces’ – the same technology used for Amazon Alexa or Facebook Messenger chatbots. As they chat with the creatures, visitors will find out more about Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area, what events are on, and the fascinating history of the area.
You can find out more about the Tales of the Park project in our news story here, or on the website at talesofthepark.com where you can also find an interactive map detailing each of the creatures' locations.