Robobee come dance with me.

Honey bees share their information about food sources through the waggle dance. This type of communication has long been known. But experts were still puzzled about how exactly they the details of the informations were communicated with their dance. Now biologists and computer scientists at the “Free University Berlin” have developed a robotic bee that helps decoding this dancing steps.

This fascinating project is part of the DFG exhbition “Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis”, which is currently traveling through Germany. Design, development of interactive exhibits and production was realized by my business unit “Interactive Exhibits” at Triad Berlin. Details about location and opening hours can be found on the DFG website(image source)

"Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis" > Robobee

Every project that is introduced at the exhibition consist of the same constitutive parts: the individual color code of the project, the significant teaser image, an intriguing intro question, the wall with detailed information about the project at its inner side and the so called laboratory. Here the visitors can slip into the role of the researcher for a moment and experiment on their own. Therefore each project has an especially developed hands on station with a simple interactive exhibit. Some of them are digital due to the wish of the researchers and the character of his project, but we tried to make as many as possible to be more analog and a bit playful. That ensures that even the most complex research projects attract more visitors then on the first sight would be interested in the topic.

"Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis" > Robobee

A so called researchers file card is introducing the responsible researcher and his team. It also provides interesting background information by displaying the answers to 5 questions each of the responsible project managers has been asked.

"Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis" > Robobee

On the right you can see the bee with a transponder on its back. During flight she is  tracked by a radar and the information will later be transferred to the software. The Robobee imitates the waggle dance of other bees and the researchers control by radar if the bees are following the instructions to find the right food source.

Colour up the German Parliament!

Finally open: our new exhibition “Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis” about 10 outstanding research projects supported by the DFG. Check out the website for appointments  Deutscher Bundestag(image source)

DFG Ausstellung "Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis" im Paul Löbe Haus

DFG Ausstellung “Von der Idee zur Erkenntnis”  im Paul Löbe Haus

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Push button to call service.

Of course they have interactions in Riyadh too. But I assume the most avtive is the “Push button to call service” one…  By the way: a good restaurant to eat traditiona food in the right atmosphere  is Nadj Village. (image source)

 

New insights into our body

The second main topic deals with new “insights” and shows example for new diagnostic methods like miniature cameras or biomarker recognition.  (image source)

Everything clear to you?

An interactive exhibits called “Durchblicker” explains on a simple level what’s going on in our body. Even the youngest are couriously pulling ut the corrspondent drawers and discuss like the grown ups. (image source)

Health is tackling everybody

After leaving the “Chamber of Heart” the visitor starts his walk through the exhibition which is segmented into 5 themes, which are differentiated by colours. (image source)

Feel your heart beat!

Heart Beat Drum  with light effect in the entrance installation of the floating Science Center “MS Wissenschaft”. The visitors put their hands on the handle bar and their personal heart beat will be displayed by a drum with according light impulse. Absolutley fascinating for young and old! (image source)