Soap vs COVID-19: A 3D-visualisation gamifies the power of simple hygiene
Originally broadcast at 09:00 AM AEST on Monday, 03 August, 2020
As the number of new COVID-19 infections rise, a 3D-simulation from the University of New South Wales prompts us to lather up. The 3D-visualisation of soap destroying the coronavirus is a poignant reminder that simply washing your hands can help stem the pandemic.
The scientifically accurate simulation, a collaboration between UNSW Art & Design and UNSW Science, shows soap acting on contaminated skin covered with tiny coronavirus particles.
The simulation uses a cinematic approach and evocative animation to deliver a message that’s accessible to adults and children alike.
The simulation was created by UNSW’s 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab, which explores arts- and design-led visualisations of complex scientific and biomedical data. The Lab creates immersive platforms that play out scientific phenomena, such as drug interactions with cancerous cells or interactive personalised scans of strokes to help patients understand their treatment.
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