Developed by the City’s own scientists and designed for education and entertainment

Kapurthala: The Pushpa Gujral Science City on Tuesday opened a virtual reality gallery, which would provide fun, entertainment and education to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The gallery built at a cost of Rs.2 crore was conceived, designed and developed by the scientists of the Science City itself within a period of one and half year.

Inaugurating the new gallery, Science City Director General Dr. R. S. Khandpur told media persons that in this gallery one could play with butterflies, sands, molecular bubbles, shadows, marble marshal and magic flowers.

Children can specially enjoy dancing with virtual music and participate in virtual games.

He claimed that while most of the software were developed by scientists of the Science City only a few were imported from aboard at a cost of Rs.20 lakh.

Throwing light on various features of the new virtual reality gallery, Dr. Khandpur said that the it is divided into three parts. In the first, six exhibits interact with shadows of a person and get into action without touching or holding anything. The second part contains virtual stations and third deals with computer and cyber space.

New features

Virtual butterflies is another attractive exhibit in which a swarm of butterflies circles and when the shadow of a person appears on the screen, butterflies begin to land on one’s hand and shoulder.

Dr. Khandpur said that two more galleries namely sciences of sports, evolution of life and climate change were under construction and would be ready within the coming six months.

Railways was also setting up a gallery at the cost of Rs.1 crore, which would include the model of bullet train, metro train and magnetic track train.

Mr. Khandpur said that the Science City has also sent a proposal to the Centre for the construction of a youth hostel in its premises for the stay of visitors. --PTI