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Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering

September 30 - January 1, 2018

Human Plus offers visitors a chance to explore and create a range of low- and high-tech tools that extend the abilities of the human body! Visitors can ride a mono-ski in a simulated ski race, control a DJ station using the wheels of a wheelchair, “feel” the music with a special touch panel, engineer solutions to unique design challenges and even discover how someone can control a neuroprosthetic limb with their thoughts!

 

Human Plus also showcases compelling stories from a unique field of engineering that helps people carry out their day-to-day routines, as well as realize their lifelong dreams. Some of the exhibits include:

Every Body Plays

Throughout the exhibit, guests will be able get their hands on a broad range of actual ability-enhancing tools. Exhibits include a simulated downhill mono-ski course; a DJ station built of out a wheel chair and controlled by the wheels; a touch panel that translates music into vibrations guests can feel; a hands-free computer mouse, controlled through slight movements of the head, that allows the guest to type messages, edit photos or watch videos; and a neuroprosthetic limb that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts! Guests can even re-design themselves in a full body simulation and test body enhancement technologies that supersize their strength, showcasing the new horizon of engineering that was once the stuff of science fiction.

Ask, Imagine, Create                                    

The engineering process always begins by asking the user what he or she wants to achieve. The exhibition poses design challenges from real-life users, such as “can you make a tool to help a wheelchair user feed a pet? Or a tool that helps the visually impaired detect hard-to-detect obstacles? How about a canoe that someone can paddle without using arms?” After viewing some of the amazing technology developed by today’s engineers, guests will be able to put their own engineering skills to the test as they build and try out their own inventions.

Compelling Stories and Videos

From busy moms to engineers, adventurers to dance performers; people who use these new technologies – as well as the innovators themselves – share their stories through videos as well as the real life tools they use every day. Whether about caring for three children, or reaching the summit of Mt. Everest; these stories captivate listeners.

 

Access to Human Plus is included with the price of general admission at The Health Museum.

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