Drops of Wisdom

Drops of Wisdom is a three-meter diameter interactive tabletop display commissioned by Water New South Wales for the Warragamba Dam visitor centre.

The Drops of Wisdom circular table is the central feature in the permanent exhibition titled ‘Water for Life’ which tells the story of Sydney’s dams and catchments, and the history and future of Sydney’s water supply. The table displays 40 individual stories in four thematic groups – Water, Catchments, Dam, and People. These stories provide insights into the history of Warragamba Dam - Australia’s largest urban water supply dam, as well as contemporary aspects of water usage, conservation, and sustainability.

A custom developed multi-touch tracking system developed by RMIT researchers enables 12 visitors to interact with the display at any one time. The interactive surface enables visitors to ‘catch’ moving icons that seem to drop and splash onto its watery surface. When a visitor touches an icon it moves to a position in front of them and unfolds to present an interactive story tablet that includes scrollable text, video footage, computer generated graphics, and sound. As an added attraction and challenge to younger students and children, a group of elusive platypuses constantly dart across the table. When ‘caught’ they will playfully swim in front of the user.

Drops of Wisdom utilises cutting-edge software for interactive 3D graphics, combined with a multi-touch gesture recognition system that makes the entire tabletop touch sensitive. The 3D graphics are projected onto the table using 4K resolution projection, providing a large, seamless, and continuous circular image. Sound is produced in real-time through a multi-channel soundscape that envelopes the installation. The multimedia application is designed for flexibility as new educational content is added to the database over time.

Photo of a circular digital display on a table. People are surrounding the table and one person is pointing at one point on the digital display.

Project timeline: January 2019 - June 2020

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This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

6.b Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

12.8 By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

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Get in touch

For more information or to discuss partnership and collaboration opportunities, email us at SDGs@rmit.edu.au.

For more information about RMIT’s sustainability commitments and activities visit www.rmit.edu.au/sustainability

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.