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MUSEUMS
One of the newest permanent exhibits at the
Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is
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challenge guests to compete in teams to make
wise energy choices for a more sustainable city.
Visitors begin by rediscovering the nature of energy in the Energy
Garden area, where they can transform energy from one form to
another via a series of electro-mechanical devices. An introductory
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convert their new knowledge into action in a multi-player
simulation game in which they design an energy-saving car, house,
neighborhood, transportation system and city power grid.
From the outset of the project, Electrosonic worked with exhibit
designers Evidence Design, interactive designers Potion Design and
SH Acoustics to meet the goals of the museum within the given
budget and allotted exhibit space. As a team, they set up a huge
mock-up with multiple projectors and media at the museum to
determine the required audio and video performance, acceptable pixel
sizes and most appropriate equipment. Infrastructure planning was
a major challenge with a lot of technology squeezed into a very tight
space.
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the need for a smart mix of energy with images on a round table
from three Panasonic projectors mounted overhead. Future Car
invites guests to design a new vehicle by video mapping projected
images onto a trio of small three-dimensional car models. All of
the overhead-mounted projectors feature gesture recognition. A
24 by 8-foot scoreboard keeps track of the teams’ performance;
a pair of edge-blended Barco 3-chip DLP™ projectors and Tannoy
loudspeakers display the scores and announce the winners.
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evolution, by studying the rocks and land formations around Edinburgh.
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large “blackboards” which illustrate his talk. These are projection screens,
but James Hutton himself appears to be in the room courtesy of the
Pepper’s Ghost technique (his image is presented on a 63-inch LCD).
One wall of the classroom features portraits presented on 55-inch LCDs
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John Horne and Arthur Holmes (all with direct connections to Scotland),
who come to life and comment on the importance of Hutton’s insights.
Arthur Holmes, professor of Geology at Edinburgh University, was one of
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to the concept of plate tectonics. These form the basis of the next section
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with a special lens to project onto the internal surface of the globe
presenting an animated sequence of graphic images.
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elevator in which visitors are transported backwards in time from the
present to the “Big Bang.” When the elevator doors at the entrance end
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“machine.” Five 55-inch LCDs are mounted on each side. At the end of
the show, elevator doors open at the other end and visitors move to the
existing spaceship-themed “How it all started” exhibit.
The new exhibition was designed by Edinburgh-based Studio MB, the
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responsible for the design and systems integration of the audio-visual
elements, under subcontract to Studio MB.
Our Dynamic Earth is a popular scienc
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attraction in Edinburgh which opened in 1999.
Electrosonic delivered the complete AV systems for
the original exhibition. Now, following Our Dynamic
Earth’s biggest re-development ever, Electrosonic has
helped realize the new “Scotland’s Time Lords” exhibit.
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Time Lords
Overview of the Future Energy exhibit.
The Future Transportation game is presented on a polygonal
table by two projectors mounted overhead.
Top photograph:
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Productions, is presented on a 20-foot (6-meter) wide oval
screen by Barco 3-chip DLP™ projectors and a 7thSense
server.
Future Energy
Chicago
Photographs:
• The globe presents a graphical representation of tectonic plates.
• James Hutton presents his theories on how the Earth was
formed, supported by “blackboards” on either side of him.
• Charles Lyell, Ben Peach and John Horne come alive.
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