New Views of Humankind

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!


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!


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.


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!


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HTC Vive

“Vive”, one of the first commercially available Virtual Reality systems, has made quite a name for itself among a variety of solutions that have recently hit the market. Google’s “Tilt Brush” puts an excellent VR painting & modeling program into users’ hands.

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It stands only 19.5 centimeters tall and weighs in at a mere 390 grams: RoBoHoN, the world’s first mobile robotic cell phone. Tomotaka Takahashi, internationally renowned robot developer, CEO of Robot Garage, and University of Tokyo professor, created it in cooperation with SHARP.

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“Paro” is a cute baby seal robot that responds when it hears its name, can recognize 50 different voices, and reacts when you touch it…

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NAUTILOS, Near-Autonomous InjectabLe Optofluidic System

NAUTILOS is a revolutionary project with tremendous future promise: a mini-submarine that patrols our bloodstream on the lookout for pathogens and cancer cells.

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Retina Implantat

The retina implant is the visual prosthesis of the future. It’s designed to help the blind get their sight back.

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Cochlea Implantat

Cochlear implants are the first replacement of a human sense, the sense of hearing.

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EndoCapsule makes endoscopy totally pain-free. The patient swallows a tiny capsule equipped with a camera that transmits live pictures from inside his/her body.

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Da Vinci System

The da Vinci surgical robot can perform highly complex operations with consummate precision. The device is remote-controlled by a human surgeon.

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Genium Lower Limb Prosthesis System

The Genium lower limb prosthesis system quickly recognizes the movement intention of an above-knee amputee and thereby provides intuitive usage that makes it more comfortable to walk and stand.

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Thigh prosthesis made of leather

A century ago, prostheses were crafted of wood, steel and leather. A comparison with their contemporary counterparts reveals the impressive pace of technological development.

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Thought-controlled prosthesis

Otto Bock manufactures state-of-the-art prostheses—robotic systems that are attached to the wearer’s muscles and nerves so they can be controlled by thoughts.

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Otto Bock and ART+COM created an impressive, poetic installation for World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.


Saccade Based Display

Only while standing in front of the LED – pillars and performing a specific eye movment – a so called saccade – images of human eyes become visible.

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The retina has long been underrated. Is its job strictly to forward information to the brain? The latest studies say: No, it does much more!

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Look yourself in the eyes and take a picture of your retina.

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The human brain is one of our most complicated and most vital organs. It’s also among our body’s biggest puzzles.

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Functional Magnetic resonance tomography delivers images of the brain’s functions and activities.

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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 … Continue reading “Holoman”

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SEE++ is a high-performance computer program that makes it possible to simulate our eyes’ complex sequences of movements. With it, operations on the eye muscles can be planned.

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At first Sight

Decision-making processes in the brain are lightening fast and often proceed unconsciously. Explaining how this works is the aim of several different research fields—from the neurosciences to artificial intelligence all the way to psychology.

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Optical Illusions

There are certain things we can rely on: the sky is blue, the world is three-dimensional, and the further away an object is, the smaller it gets. Do you truly believe that?

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Brain Computer Interface

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.

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