Thingamabobs, in spoken English, refers to a placeholder word for a nonspecific, unknown, or forgotten thing… Which makes sense when discovering how the characters of this wonderful circus have been crafted.
Thingamabobas is a circus company made of mechanized hybrid sculptures, crafted with recycled and sustainable materials. They interact with visitors, who can expect a hypnotic, sensory and delightful experience.
Makers of Imaginary Worlds’ previous experiences used to rely on the participant's sense of touch, to create engaging experiences. Due to Covid-19, Thingamabobas is now relying on a contactless detection during the visitor's experience.
Covid-19 forced Roma and Rachel to imagine their new project differently, forgetting touchable interactions and fabrics. They quickly adapted and proposed an experience just as interactive as their previous ones, while reducing the need to touch anything. The idea was then to propose to the public a playful project to awaken the curiosity of children, mainly through body and facial recognition, going beyond a simple human-machine interaction resting on the press of a button. Artificial intelligence became to be a major part of developing this experience.