Metropolis is a workshop where you can place your own crafted object in a virtual world, the city of MyMetropolis.
Children can craft houses, trees, cars, airplanes, or something completely different by cardboard and other materials. If you are satisfied, the physical model is scanned and converted into a digital 3D model. The digital 3D model can then manually placed in the virtual world of MyMetropolis by a joystick. You can also place your object multiple times or move other objects. Gravity does not exist in MyMetropolis, so if you still wanted to build an air castle, then this is your chance!
We developed several different modules and modifications that gives MyMetropolis new possibilities and a modular setup.
Especially for the Cultural Embassy Groningen we created a new version of MyMetropolis named Waterworld. This time the players have their own islands where they are free to create their fantasy world. But we added a challenge, by building bridges to the other islands the players can connect each other’s worlds. To make it more challenging we have added a boat somewhere on a secret island. As soon as you find the boat you can use it to travel to even more remote islands. The boat is powered by a real life hydrogen battery that is charged by solar sells.
3D Paint your models
During Cinekid Festival in 2017 in Amsterdam we worked with river clay as building material and added a 3D paint tool to paint the 3D scanned clay models before they were added to the game. This resulted in organic and colourful models that contributed to an even more colourful fantasy world.
MyMetropolis in VR
Optional is the VR mode in the game in addition to playing the game with the game controllers there is a possibility to experience the world of MyMetropolis in VR. It is spectacular to shrink in you own fantasy environment and see all the crafted objects in life size, as if they where as big as normal houses and trees.
Add yourself to the fantasy world
Make a photo of yourself in front of a green-screen from top to toe and the photo will added to the world of MyMetropolis. Now you can place yourself in front of the building or trees you just made. Photo’s will follow!
Different materials, different worlds
Our personal number one material is clay! But is is also possible to use cardboard with coloured paper and paint and markers, or even Lego is possible. The good thing about clay is that scans very well in the 3D scanner and that the models turn into beautiful little sculptures. When you paint them with 3D paint they get even better.