• Eureka!

    "Seeing" the Electromagnetic Spectrum in a New Way

Custom software on an Ideum 100" dual UHD 4K Pano touch table allows visitors to the Eureka! Gallery at Science World British Columbia to explore together

An ultra high-resolution exhibit exploring the electromagnetic spectrum on a huge multitouch table

Advances in technology and imaging in the last 100 years have allowed scientists to peer into the non-visible areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. By comparing similar objects in different wavelengths, we learn more about each object and the EM spectrum itself. Building on this common concept, we reconceptualized and redesigned a unique visitor experience in conjunction with Science World British Columbia in Vancouver.

For this exhibit, we developed custom software which allows visitors to view both terrestrial and celestial objects across different wavelengths. The exhibit runs on an Ideum 100” dual 4K UHD Pano multitouch table. All of the content was developed specifically for the application. Ideum conducted a multispectral photo shoot for terrestrial objects and helped collect the latest celestial images. We worked with Science World in Vancouver to find appropriate images for the exhibit and collaborated on the content and text descriptions.

This new EM Spectrum exhibit takes advantage of twin 4K UHD screens and all of the coding, user interface, graphic design, and content is entirely new. (Ideum collaborated with Adventure Science Center and Museum of Science and Industry several years ago on a lower-resolution exhibit exploring the same topic.)

In this all-new exhibit, thumbnail images move down a conveyor belt across the spectrum, changing as they move from wavelength to wavelength. Visitors can pull images off the conveyor to examine them and move them across the spectrum. A “feathered edge” transition allows visitors to examine subtle differences between the images.

Visitors can share images with others on the opposite side of the table. The table is so large it comfortably supports 7 people simultaneously. The high resolution exhibit shows so much detail that visitors do not need to scale or rotate images. Contextual descriptions for the images can also be viewed in each wavelength.

An end panel provides more general information and a “slide show” for each wavelength. Here, visitors learn more about gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet radiation, visible light, infrared radiation, and radio waves, and how each wavelength is imaged.

The 8K EM spectrum imaging exhibit will debut in the Eureka! Gallery at Science World at Telus World of Science in Vancouver in late February 2015.

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