MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT EUREKA (M.A.D.E) VICTORIA

PASSPORT TO POWER FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE

Democracy M.A.D.E Fun

Snepo was approached to develop a new kind of interactive museum display for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat, Victoria. Using facial recognition software the Passport to Power exhibit educates visitors about the voting process in a highly engaging and personalised way.

The Passport to Power exhibit starts with an attractor loop that encourages visitors to begin the process of applying for a Democracy Passport. Once the player touches the screen the software detects the primary face in front of the camera and recognises key attributes about the person, including age, gender and mood. Through a decision matrix, with inbuilt algothrims, the player is then told if they would have been allowed to vote at Eureka. In most cases they are rejected due to being too young or old, not land owners or female.

The results give players a direct insight into the history of democracy and freedoms many of us now enjoy and sometimes take for granted. The interaction also recognises the player’s reaction to the results and responds with phrases, such as “It’s nothing to smile about, is it?”.