Think Ahead opening soon

22 October, 2013

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NAO is a 58-cm tall, 5-kg humanoid robot developed by Aldebaran Robotics. NAO is a completely programmable, autonomous, and interactive robot that can see, hear, speak, feel, and communicate. NAO is used today in research and education around the world in prestigious universities and research institutes. Aldebaran Robotics is working on a general public version of NAO.
Image: Ed Alcock
Source: Aldebaran Robotics

Think Ahead, a major, new, long term exhibition looks at the way we imagine the future, through innovations in science, technology, engineering and design.  The exhibition opens at Scienceworks on Thursday 5 December 2013.

"Think Ahead will completely change the way people experience Scienceworks," said Scienceworks Manager, Dr Nurin Veis. "Targeted at 8 to 12 year olds, it's technologically advanced and thought-provoking."

Developed by Museum Victoria, Think Ahead encourages visitors to think about the future and their involvement in it through topics including medicine and health, cities, the environment, space, music and communication.

The exhibition includes the opportunity for visitors to:

  • Redesign their bodies using cybernetics
  • Design their own 3D future city with vertical gardens and flying car factories
  • Step inside an immersive space craft experience
  • Influence others' emotions through creating different soundscapes

Think Ahead features world-class innovations from Melbourne, including: the cochlear implant and Bionic Eye prototype; and the two-wheeled electric Holden EN-V, a concept car of the future that can drive its passengers safely to their destination.

Robots are a special feature of the exhibition. On public display in Australia for the first time will be two Nao (pronounced now) robots -- advanced humanoids that will walk, talk, remember faces, dance and play games with visitors; and the Da Vinci Surgical Robot that has been used in over 200,000 surgeries.

"This new experience is totally unique to Scienceworks. We've integrated immersive multimedia technology with hands-on physical interactions, rare artefacts and the work of local innovators," says Senior Curator Kate Phillips. "Think Ahead showcases timelines of development across key areas of 20th and 21st century innovations and asks the question: What's next?"

Combining 200 objects from Museum Victoria's collection and over 30 items from the wider science and technological community, Think Ahead is the first new permanent exhibition for Scienceworks in seven years.

"Think Ahead represents the first step in Scienceworks' new direction to grow as a world-leading cultural centre, offering contemporary science through state-of-the-art, interactive digital experiences," says Scienceworks Manager Dr Nurin Veis.

Think Ahead will show at Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, Melbourne. The exhibition opens on 5 December 2013 (adults $10, children and concessions FREE).

Vicroads is a Supporting Partner of Think Ahead.

For further media information, interviews or images, please contact:
Arunee Wilson on 03 8341 7136, 0478 314 014 or awilson@museum.vic.gov.au

 

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