You may have heard recently about the psychic bike made by Toyota and a bunch of innovators and inventors in various fields. One such collaborator is Deep Local — a crew of thinkers in Pittsburgh who are also responsible for Mission Expedition, a collection of four miniature model train sets inspired by National Geographic’s Expedition Week content (Victorian London, the Himalayas, Papua New Guinea, and Rome during the gladiator era). Viewers were able to control the apparati from National Geographic’s website and steer strategically-placed telepresence cameras attached to a moving train that travelled around the miniature sets.
Within the sets, there was a rotation of hidden artifacts — participants took a picture of the object they deemed most valuable, and if the object they chose turned out to be one of the hidden artifacts of the day, it was physically mailed to them. Score.
We don’t really want to live in this tiny world, but we sort of do… Watch the making of video here, including our favorite interviews with the grown up miniature train set fanatics that made this all possible.
Photos from Deep Local