Human Plus

Human plus exhibit overview

Fast Facts

Summary

Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering inspires visitors to discover the real world impact of technology by exploring and creating a range of low-tech and high-tech tools that extend human abilities.

Square Footage 
2,000 sq ft
Topics 
Critical Thinking
Design
Health and Life Science
Physics
Problem Solving
STEAM
Price 

$40,000 for 3 months, plus shipping

Highlights 

Ski Race Simulation
Innovative Engineering
Sound Vibration Technology

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Explore tools that extend human abilities and change lives! Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering offers visitors a chance to explore and create a range of low-tech and high-tech tools that extend human abilities. Visitors experience the creative, dynamic engineering process, that involve the user every step of the way. The exhibit also tells compelling stories of engineers and users who design and utilize technologies to help themselves and others achieve their goals—from everyday routines to lifelong dreams. 

In Human Plus, visitors can ride a mono-ski in a simulated ski race, control a DJ station using the wheels of a wheelchair, engineer unique solutions to design challenges, and discover how neuroprosthetic limbs can be controlled by a user’s thoughts. Human Plus showcases an innovative field of engineering that improves our lives every day.

Virtual Tour

Human Plus exhibit welcome

Welcome to Human Plus

Human Plus mono-ski simulation

Every Body Plays—Try out a mono-ski (a seat with a ski mounted below it) and use your body movements to ski down a simulated slalom course.

Human Plus re-designing you simulation

Re-Designing You—In this full-body simulation, visitors test options for enhancing human abilities that sound futuristic but are being worked on in labs today.

Human Plus DJ station

RAMPS—In this DJ station the interface is controlled by the movement of the wheelchair wheels. Visitors sit down, spin the wheels, and fade and scratch music tracks like a real DJ

Human Plus multimedia kiosk

Ask, Imagine, Create—This display includes some of the amazing technology that is being developed by today’s engineers. A multimedia kiosk presents images, text, and videos that bring the artifacts and the process of engineering to life.

Human Plus caring for a pet challenge

Caring For a Pet—This challenge is based on a real wheelchair user’s need for a tool to help her pick up her pet’s food bowl. Visitors use modular building materials to imagine, create, and test a device to make this daily task easier.

Human Plus interactive

Finding Your Way—Visitors imagine solutions and use simple building materials and custom pieces to create and test tools that could help a person with vision impairment avoid obstacles that are difficult to detect with a cane.

Human Plus interactive

More Than a Mouse—Visitors can use Camera Mouse, which tracks the movement of a facial feature to control the on-screen pointer, to type messages, edit photos, or watch videos.

Human Plus computer interactive

Consider This—In this computer interactive, visitors are presented with a series of questions, designed to encourage them to share their ideas with each other and reconsider their assumptions.

Human Plus video of dance performances

Attempts—This piece features videos of dance performances using crutches. It explores how human creativity and imagination can surmount the limits tools might seem to impose.

Human Plus design challenges

Imagine the Possibilities—Real users present visitors with design challenges, like designing a canoe for a man who has no arms. Visitors imagine the possibilities and draw their own designs or use stencils to help them.

Human Plus feel the music interactive

Feel the Music—Visitors choose a genre of music and can listen to it or turn down the volume and feel it through their fingertips.

Human Plus design a wheelchair challenge

Design a Wheelchair—Visitors choose types of frames, seats, front casters, back wheels, and accessories pictured on plastic blocks, arrange them in a design panel, and virtually test their new design.

Availability

The Health Museum

Springfield Museums

Kentucky Science Center

Orlando Science Center

Tellus Science Museum

Tellus Science Museum

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OMSI for refurbishment

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School Resources

Educator Guide

A collection of PDFs and guides for museum staff and teachers to expand on the educational content of the exhibit, including in-classroom experiments and activities for your museum floor.

Museum Resources

Exhibit Floor Plan

This sample floor plan gives you an idea of how Human Plus will look in your gallery space.

Media Resources

Marketing Kit

All the logos, images, and assets you need to properly market the exhibit, promote sponsors, and get guests excited about their visit!

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Partners

The exhibition was created by the New York Hall of Science in partnership with OMSI and the Quality of Life Technology Center with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).