When the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA announced plans to create their most technically ambitious exhibition to date, RLMG was up for the challenge. The plan was to use sensors and digital tracking techniques to collect data from visitor interactions and reveal insights about health and behavior. A non-traditional exhibition, Body Metrics, would rely heavily on the ability of digital interactions to connect and resonate with visitors.
Working closely with the Tech Museum, RLMG created two experiences, Heart Sync and Body Moves, that transform data into something visible, comprehensible, useful, and fun. As the only physical installations in the space, these two experiences helped to define the exhibition environment.
Heart Sync explores relationships between our bodies and our individual and social behaviors through a communal relaxation exercise. Visitors’ heartbeats are measured using light sensors and visualized on a digital table. As they work together to relax and breathe calmly, the visualization responds in calming tones and waveforms. Over time, visitors influence one another’s ability to concentrate and relax, and their heartbeats become totally in sync.
Body Moves guides visitors through three physical activities and measures their position, activity, and range of motion using Microsoft Kinect sensors. Pose challenges visitors to match a series of yoga-like positions. Balance measures how still they can remain while standing on one foot. Bounce evaluates visitors’ expended energy as they jump up and down. Together, these experiences demonstrate how tracking our movements can encourage us to make small changes that impact our health and well-being.