Electrosonic Powers Interactivity at Denver Museum

The 10,000-square foot installation explains how the human body constantly changes and adapts in ways that can be seen, measured and optimized.
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Inside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Simplicity in tight spaces is key to the design of the new Expedition Health installation at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which includes highly interactive and personalized activities featuring AV displays, projection, and touchscreens from Burbank-based Electrosonic.

The 10,000-square foot installation—the museum's newest permanent exhibition—explains how the human body constantly changes and adapts in ways that can be seen, measured and optimized.

The experience is framed by the compelling story of a Rocky Mountain expedition organized by the museum as a keystone of its Health Science Initiative. Expedition "buddies," a diverse group of residents of the region, become virtual learning companions who accompany visitors through the exhibition and relate visitors' activities to those they experienced during their own training programs and expedition.

A challenge was making all the electronics fit into the very compact spaces made by the main fabricator, Art Guild Inc., said Guy Fronte, Electrosonic's project co-manager with Gary Barnes.

Upon entry visitors sign in, electronically select a virtual "buddy," and receive a Peak Pass card to activate key components of the exhibition. The Peak Pass components recognize visitors, recall their personal data, and enable them to record their own performance at some of those components. At the exit visitors can print out a personal profile with data and images as a take-home souvenir. A unique login number allows them to extend their experience on the Expedition Health Website.

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The Expedition Health gallery features 4,500-square feet of interactive exhibits and other presentations. Electrosonic was hired by Art Guild to furnish numerous AV, projection, and interactive elements starting with the entryway where a 30-inch Dell widescreen monitor, mounted in portrait mode, displays a show schedule/digital signage piece. Ten ELO touchscreens, driven by Dell computers, generate Peak Passes for visitors.

Nearby, visitors can place their hands on sensors to see and hear their own EKG; more feedback about heart rates is generated on the Bio Ride, featuring exercise bikes rebuilt by Art Guild so visitorcyclists can keep an animated rider moving.

That's just a partial list of the innovative, interactive exhibits. Check out more at www.dmns.org.

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