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"Human Origins" Interactive Touchscreen Kiosks

Yale University - Peabody Museum of Natural History www.peabody.yale.edu

 

Exhibit Details

This exhibit utilizes two 24" LCD touchscreens running a custom Flash program. Video from each touchscreen is duplicated on an upper screen to accomodate large crowds.

 

The custom Flash program includes chroma-keyed video of Andrew Hill, the curator in charge of the exhibit, who stands inside the program to point out different features of the hominid timeline. This allows for an easier to understand explanation of the timeline layout.

 

Each skull on the timeline is pressable, which then takes you to a section about that specific hominid. General information about the hominids is presented with narration, and a Google Earth video starts at the street level in New Haven (showing the Yale Peabody Museum), zooms out to show the globe, then zooms back in to the places where specimens have been found.

 

Skull rotations allow visitors to see hominid skulls compared to modern human and chimpanzee skulls, both horizontally and vertically.

 

Feedback has been very positive on this exhibit, with many thousands of screen presses (interactions) each day.

 

 

Screenshots:

 

Human Origins main timeline

 

Human Origins touchscreen - Neanderthal section

 

 

Exhibit Photos:

 

 

Human Origins exhibit with doors open

 

Human Origins exhibit with doors closed