Game on for gadgets galore!

Game on for gadgets galore!

The latest hi-tech, cutting-edge technologies are fun and interactive, as Young Post junior reports found on the 'Science Explorer Tour'


The junior reporters are introduced to one of the many innovative activities on their "Science Explorer Tour".
The junior reporters are introduced to one of the many innovative activities on their "Science Explorer Tour".
Photos: Emily Shih/SCMP
Recently, our junior reporters went on a "Science Explorer Tour" at the Hong Kong Science Park to experience the latest technological innovations in a fun way. They visited the Tech Universe installation, Green 18 exhibit and the "Professor Charles K. Kao: Father of Fibre Optics" showcase, where they tried out and enjoyed the latest technologies.

Here's what they thought of the experience ...

Harry Cheng spells his first name using the gesture-recognition machine.

Gesture recognition technology can sense the movements of the human body. It is possible to control images on a screen without holding, touching or wearing any external objects.

It was so easy to learn and I was really impressed!

Wayne Yuen

Lyndon Fan (in orange) tries out the 'Bouncing Balls' game with Kent De Jesus (right).

In the Science Park's fun "nest" there is an activity called "Bouncing Ball". It involves two players and two bouncing balls. First, you have to choose one of three different games: Pac-Man, Tetris and shooting.

The technology behind these games is called tangible interface. It allows a person to control a digital system intuitively. But it is not rocket science. The technology has been used in products such as PowerMate - a knob-like multifunctional mouse - the Wii, and energy-efficient lifts.

Lyndon Fan

Wayne Yuen takes a flight on the virtual glider.

If you fear heights, but want to try hang gliding, the virtual glider game is perfect. You lie on a bench and hold the control bar to navigate the virtual environment, which uses real-time 3D graphics. You can glide around the world by moving the bar in four different directions.

The game requires the player to collect presents in two minutes. There are also obstacles to avoid, such as buildings, planes and even airships.

Harry Cheng

I am a science freak so didn't hesitate to sign up when I heard about the tour from Young Post. It led me to a world of technological innovations, enabling me to learn scientific principles. It was such an eye-opening experience, and a fun journey.

Kent De Jesus

Young Post organises regular activities for our junior reporters. If you wish to join, send your name, age, school and contact details to with "jun rep application" in the subject field.



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