Timeline: 6 months
Client: University of St Andrews, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Aim: To extend the previous project 'Tripping the Light Fantastic' and add a number of new exhibits for a new tour. The two main exhibits were two large cells - the Talking Cell and the Fluorescing Cell - these should be portable table-top interactive exhibits.
What we did: Fluorescing Cell - Cells behave in peculiar ways when under the influence of certain colours of light. This interactive explores those properties and goes someway towards explaining the chemical composition of Cells.The giant 'clover' light sources (high powered LEDs) simulate the shining of coloured light; the cell responds in the appropriate way. The cell also has IR LEDs which function when the red light is shone onto them, however, users can't see anything happening until the webcam (located in one of the clovers) is turned on. This is extremely popular especially when coupled up to an external monitor.Talking Cell - A magnified interactive version of a human cell, users can press elements in the cell to find out what is going on!The cell has been designed to work in self-standing mode where internal audio is used or in 'external' mode where the exhibit can be connected to a TV / monitor or overhead projector and movies and onscreen images are displayed in conjunction with the cell.
External Link to Client's Website: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk