We have narrowed down ideas for our three exhibits:
– The sound experience will emphasize the progression of cochlear implant technology. A guest will observe and listen to a virtual environment, and by turning a dial, they will be able to transition their environment through history as well as the simulated fidelity of a contemporary cochlear implant.
– The visual experience will emphasize the challenges of living with a retinal implant. Guests will be immersed in an activity, perhaps arranging blocks or opening a lock with a key, while wearing headsets that simulate seeing through an implant. It is up to them to learn to “see” as well as compensate with other senses like touch.
– The neuroprosthetic experience will emphasize the strangeness of learning something familiar in a new way. The guests will have to race each other by controlling characters with either a “concentration index” or facial muscle movements detected through EEG headsets.