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Exhibition

Project Partners

Patrick Kaller, Oliver Reiß

Timeline

November - February 2021/22

Course

Bachelor, 7.Semester

Supervisor

Prof. Hartmann-Menzel, Prof. Guntow

Used Tools

Adobe Illustrator, Figma, After Effects,

My Role

Concept, Screen Design, Prototyping

Introduction

During our 7th Semester (Bachelor) we focused on the topic of electromagnetic fields in our everyday life. This topic is a scientific one and has a lot of sub topics included. Thats why we decided to design our solution inside the context of an exhibition, because this gave us the biggest room to include all the sub topics and really be able to tell everything about it.

_01 Focus

What are electromagnetic fields?

When we talk about electromagnetic fields (EMF), we talk about the low frequent area of the whole radiation spectrum as you can see below. Electromagnetic fields include our everday devices like an oven, herd or our smartphones. All these devices are inside the low frequency fields inside the electromagnetic fields.
The geomagnetic field is also an electromagnetic field which counts as a static field. And last but not least there are things like cellular which are part of the higher frequent electromagnetic fields.

What is your "everyday" ?

To find out what everday useage of devices looks like and what people are using most frequently we started a survey through different age ranges to find out what people use the most in their everyday lives. We did this to find a specific scope of devices people would propably find most interessting to learn more about.

_02 Key Questions

_03 Exhibition Context

General

We cared about the education but also knew that this a very sensible topic. So we decided to conecpt an exhibition becuase of the trustworthiness of this format. Also the format of an exhibition offers enough space to talk about the whole topic.

We decided to seperate the exhibition into 3 different parts which we named "Prolog" "Crescendo" and "Epilog".
Each of those parts aims to achieve a different result.

Through the exhibition the visitors are able to use a RFID-Card which is handed out at the entry of the exhibition.
Through that function the visitors are able to interact with the exhibition, answer questions, state their own opinions regarding this a topic and collect data which will later be evaluated in the epilog part.

Below you can see an exemplary go through at the exhibition as we planned it.

The Prolog

In the first part of the exhibition , which is the prolog, the visitors should be introducted to the topic of radiation. Also the room is kept in a dark tone so the visitors are brought into an different mood.
The dark tone also helps to shift the focus onto the highlights in the room which are the wall to their left which shows the different opinions of people regarding the topic and also the ignorance of the population.
Another highlight in this room is the "Check-In Station".
This stations explains the visitors about the exhibition and how they can interact with their RFID Card and how this is necessary to get their personal evaluation later on.

Goals

  • Bringing visitors into the right mood
  • Introduction into the topic
  • Explanation of the exhibition / RFID System
  • Motivation to see the whole Exhibiton

Crescendo (first part)

After leaving the prolog the visitors will enter the first part of the crescendo which is keep in a bright light so that the visuals and the texts are easier to see and read.
In the first part of the crescendo it's all about the basics of radiation and electromagnetic fields. Tjose basics can be read on a partition wall which is placed in the middle of the room so that you can't overlook those informations. On the left side the visitors can find something that we called the "device zoo" which is pretty much a collection of various devices. Next to those devices there is the radiation spectrum (similar to the one you saw a little bit above). With that the visitors are able to see where in the whole spectrum those devices works and how much radiation they send out.

Goals

  • Explanation of radiation basics

Crescendo (second part)

In the second part of the crescendo it's all about the personal relation to the topic. here the visitors should learn about where they are exposed to electromagnetic fields, how strong they are and which health consequences should be expected.Also in this room there is a wider spectrum of devices using most of the spaces on the walls.
This is necessary because a lot of of devices send out a pretty similar amount of radiation and are not really separable. This way the visitors can see which devices are compareable to others. This also helps our exhibit which is also in this part of the exhibition and will be explained in the next chapter. Because it's impossible to include every existing electronic device in the exhhibit this room serves as an addition to the exhibit.

Goals

  • Personal relation
  • Overview of electronic devices
  • Exhibit

Epilog

In the final part of the exhibition which we named "Epilog" the visitors are able to receive their own evaluation how much radiation they are exposed to, if they are taking this topic not serious enough or maybe even to serious. Through the interaction with the RFID Card users should be able to give answers in forms of a quiz or a similar format. Those answers will also be evaluated here. So the visitors opinions about the topic will either be confirmed or invalidated and they leave with a "surprising feeling"

Goals

  • Evaluate the collected RFID informations
  • giving the visitors a final review
  • evaluating visitors opinions and answers
  • compare them to the visitors average
  • giving tipps how to live with more awarness regarding that topic
  • outlook how this topic will develop

_04 Exhibit (Setup)

_05 Exhibit (Screens)

Onboarding

Before the users start to experiment with the exhibit they will go through a detailed onboarding which explains the elements on the interface, what the shown values mean how they are able to interact and what the color coding stands for.

Token movement

When the users start to move their tokens arround there will be shown an additional element arround the token. On that element the users can see how far they are distanced to their current selected source. They are also able to see how high the current exposure to their token is.

Isolation mode

When the users turn on multiple devices they can select a specific device which the want to monitor or configure. This also starts the isolation mode.
In the isolation mode the heat maps of the other sources which are not selected turn to a greyish color. This is helpful to see a how a specific heat map develops while configuring especially when multiple devices are selected.

Device configuration

When a device is selected the users are able to configure it.
In this case for example the microwave is configured by the amount of watt its working with. In this case the amount of watt is increased and by that the heat map gets bigger and also the values of the tokens exposure were getting higher and the bars were filling up.
For other devices, like a fridge, this configuration wouldn't be Watt but more likely something like different modes these devices are working in for example :
"Eco Mode"

Electric field strength detailed view

We knew that showing our useres two different values of field strength and magnetic flux density wasn't really smooth but unfortunately that was the only technically correct way to show how high a exposure is. Thats why we not only used icons to make those informations easier to understand and the whole feeling of the screen more pleasant we also allowed the users to get more informations about those values by opening a detailed view by clicking on the
corresponding button.