Human Health Gallery at the Konya Science Center

AV Technology Breathes Life into Human Health Gallery
Konya, Turkey

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Turkey’s Konya Science Center, the country’s first large interactive institution dedicated to informal learning about science and technology, has added a gallery on human health with audio-visual equipment, installation and programming by Electrosonic. Located in the Municipality of Konya, the museum’s latest gallery joins exhibits on basic science, new technology, earth and biosystems, space, and the history and culture of the region.

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Maltbie, which creates experiences for museums, visitor centers and specialty projects, hired Electrosonic to provide the AV support. Electrosonic built all the racks and configured the equipment in the US and sent it to Maltbie’s headquarters in New Jersey, which shipped the units to Turkey. Electrosonic then spent about one month at the science center where Levent Komurcu, the exhibit production and maintenance manager, proved to be of great assistance with everything from finding local suppliers to helping with translations.

The new gallery offers a wide range of exhibits designed to inform and engage visitors. “Cells of Your Body,” “Immune Cell Army” and “Reduce Your Risk,” have game formats played out on 55-inch touch tables, customized by Maltbie and connected by Electrosonic to network control. “Immune Cell Army” begins with a slide show about the body’s cells and what they fight, and the touch table launches the game, pitting good cells against harmful cells.

Konya Science Center

“The Anatomical Family” features flat cutouts of a man, woman and child. Three short-throw projectors display the skeletal system, nervous system, digestive systems and other internal views onto the body shapes. Visitors use touchscreen kiosks in front of the exhibit to learn more about the anatomical systems. “Our Basic Needs” presents an interactive aging process – a motion sensing camera device captures visitors, triggering a representation of themselves at various stages of life: a crying baby, a child jumping rope, an adult playing soccer, an elderly person with a cane. A short-throw projector displays the successive images on a wall.

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High Definition media players drive eight exhibits, including “Blood Vessel Voyager.” A short-throw projector displays animations of red blood cells coursing through our arteries onto a screen with a reflective coating. Speakers playing a heartbeat audio track enhance the presentation. Rear projection also plays a role in “Embryonic Fetal Development,” an exhibit whose hemispheric display surface mimics a womb. Visitors turn a wall-mounted dial to see how images of the embryo grow and change during the gestation process. The lab area features hands-on mechanical exhibits by Maltbie, such as testing reaction time and exploring microscopes, with touchscreen instructions supplied by Electrosonic.

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Seventeen PCs supply PC-driven content throughout the gallery. One PC powers the final “Healthy Habits Survey,” which compares answers provided by visitors and also enables visitors to receive health-based emails and literature at home.

Konya Science Center

Electrosonic created the custom AMX control system GUI, which allows blanket and individual control of all the exhibits in the new gallery. Exhibition work and funding for the science center was overseen by TUBITAK (Turkish Scientific and Technical Researches Institution). Blue Telescope created the content for the Human Health gallery.

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