Stimulant has been collaborating with the Intel Museum since 2012 to create fun, educational, and technically sophisticated interactive exhibits.
Located at Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California, the Intel Museum is home to a variety of exhibits featuring Intel’s products and history, as well microprocessor technology in general.
We are excited to announce the launch of two exciting new Stimulant-produced interactives at the Museum, “Binary Code” and “Conductivity.”
These new digital experiences replaced previous exhibits that were prone to wear and tear, difficult to maintain, and didn’t lead visitors to the desired learning outcomes. Our approach was to maintain highly tactile interactions while improving information retention, and considering museum docents and their usage into the experience design.
The “Binary Code” exhibit teaches visitors how to spell their names in binary code using buttons embedded in a railing. The screen is driven by Arduinos installed within the railing; as visitors spell their name a letter at a time, they press corresponding buttons to turn on and off the individual binary bits in a byte. “Vandal-proof” aluminum buttons to ensure the interactive will survive the rigors of heavy usage over time, while having beautiful finishes and illuminated LED rings. This helped the exhibit feel more on-brand for Intel while providing a more welcoming and polished control surface for visitors, while reducing the maintenance headaches of cheaper plastic buttons.
The “Conductivity” exhibit educates visitors about the conductive properties of a variety of objects and elements, in order to demonstrate why silicon has become the go-to material used for microprocessors. Visitors are prompted by the interactive to spin 3D carousels populated with both everyday objects and metallic elements, then make their best guess at whether or not it is an insulator or conductor. A visualization of electricity flowing through or being blocked is then displayed to reveal whether or not their selection is a conductor. This allows silicon’s unique story, as a semi-conductor, to be told in a clear and engaging way.
We hope you will have an opportunity to stop by the Intel Museum and give these new interactive exhibits a spin!