When cutting-edge science and engineering join forces to assist the human body, the possibilities for improving day-to-day lives are endless! Experience some of those breakthroughs in action in Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering, is now open at the Museum of Discovery.
The exhibition offers guests of all ages the chance to explore and create a range of low- and high-tech tools that extend the abilities of the human body. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering showcases compelling stories from a unique field of engineering that not only helps people carry out their day-to-day routines but also helps them realize lifelong dreams.
"Human Plus allows everyone to experience aspects of life as those who need technological assistance to better accomplish some tasks experience it," says Kelley Bass, Museum of Discovery CEO. "We got the chance to interact with all aspects of Human Plus at a museum in Texas three years ago and immediately began work to try to get the exhibit to the Museum of Discovery. We only hope our visitors find it as engaging and eye-opening as we did."
Throughout the exhibit, guests will be able to 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 wheelchair 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 neuro-prosthetic 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.