New Views of Humankind
Chat on the phone with an android and pet a robotic baby seal. Clone a tobacco plant, isolate your own DNA, or snap a photo of your retina. You can do all this and lots more in the MainGallery of the Ars Electronica Center Linz!
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
The featured installation, “New Views of Humankind,” is something truly extraordinary. This exhibit consists of four domains—laboratories, if you will: RoboLab, where you’ll learn all about machines, robots and androids, the ones among us now and those that will be arriving shortly; BrainLab, which makes you aware of how you perceive your surroundings and all that your brain leads you to believe as you do so; BioLab, the place to go for hands-on experience with state-of-the-art microscopes amidst cloned plants; and the FabLab that lets you take the fabrication technology of tomorrow out for a spin today!
PLAYFULLY EXPLORE WHAT’S NEW
No matter which direction your curiosity takes you, you’ll get your hands on stuff you’ve never encountered, and you’ll see some things you’ve most assuredly never seen before. Experience how exciting and even thrilling, how promising but also how risky, science and R&D can be.
BEHOLD NEW VIEWS OF HUMANKIND
Just because all our labs are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, that doesn’t mean that experts are the only ones who’ll feel comfortable. Nearly everything on display here can be operated by anyone. There are no prerequisites; check your inhibitions at the door. It’s all up to you—enjoy a fun, hand’s-on, learning-by-doing approach to innovation!
by Lauren McCarthy
Who’s never experienced this uncomfortable situation before: you’re chatting with someone and the interpersonal interaction is totally awkwardly because you just don’t know what to say? Now, “Conversacube” makes this hemming and hawing a thing of the past! This little device delivers simple prompts to make any conversation a go well.
by Lauren McCarthy
“Happiness Hat” trains the person wearing it to always smile brightly. It features a built-in sensor that measures the expression of the cheeks. If it doesn’t detect a smile, a servo motor actuates a tiny metal spike that delivers a painful reminder to the wearer to put on a happy face.
“Hugvie” turns a long-distance call with someone you’re close to into a very local call. When you’re on the phone, the cuddly, pillow-shaped robot gets across an intensely physical feeling of the immediate and, in the truest sense of the word, corporeal presence of the other person.Read More
NAUTILOS is a revolutionary project with tremendous future promise: a mini-submarine that patrols our bloodstream on the lookout for pathogens and cancer cells.Read More
Step in front of the mirror and discover the fascination of the human body! Human anatomy has always fascinated artists no less than physicians. Anatomical representations from different historical epochs let us see how knowledge of the body has changed over the course of time. “Holoman” is a modern magical mirror that gives us a […]Read More
The brain-computer interface conveys information directly from the brain to the computer. Serving as the interface is usually an EEG cap placed on the subject’s head. Electrodes implanted directly into the brain enable, for example, severely physically handicapped persons to use a computer and to communicate more easily.Read More