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Tech museum unveils revolutionary Silicon Valley innovations

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Innovation Gallery? Tech Museum? Adobe? Google? Intel?

The Tech Museum has just unveiled its most ambitious exhibition yet!the 3,000-sq. ft. Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery. The gallery exhibits the cutting-edge technology developed by some of today's global experts on computing, digital design, communication and collaboration.

The nearly 3,000-sq.ft gallery embodies the spirit of Silicon Valley ingenuity, dissecting the core of innovation!the microchip, and captivating visitors in the exciting world of nanotechnology, digital art and mapping. The gallery reflects the legendary creativity and pioneering technological culture that essentially defines Silicon Valley.

Museum's president Peter Friess discloses, "The Tech Museum is the only place on earth to explore first-hand the most exclusive exhibition of the groundbreaking Silicon Valley technologies that power our world." He adds, "With the opening of the gallery, the museum truly captures the unique, pioneering spirit, the inventions and the mind-set that continues to make Silicon Valley the leading source of science and technology innovation."

Engaging the community to spread knowledge and skills, the gallery coincides with San Jose's 01SJ Biennial. It is largest event of its kind in North America happening on September 16 to 19. The event focuses on the public intersection of contemporary art, technology and digital culture.

Four of the valley's leading technology giants have partnered with The Tech Museum to establish the world's only permanent, public gallery on technology that has significantly influenced human evolution. The customized exhibits bring a dazzling view of the technology of tomorrow, today. Globally unique hands-on exhibits share with visitors the amazing devices, machines and tools that frame our lives.

The Exhibits feature themed areas by well know technology providers such as the Adobe Foundation, Google, Intel and NVIDIA:

Adobe and Adobe Foundation!"Infinite Creativity" is an innovative multi-touch, multi-user collaborative drawing experience created exclusively for The Tech Museum. Offering an array of playful brushes to choose from, visitors swipe one or more fingers to make colorful swirls, lines, shapes, and patterns. These creations are then broadcast to a shared screen, while incorporating the work of other visitors to create a constantly evolving, time-based stream of collective art. With this engaging experience, visitors discover that technology may be used to express their creativity, collaborate with others, and share ideas.

Google!"You Are Everywhere" is the first public, permanent installation of Google's Liquid Galaxy technology. Designed in classic Google fashion by volunteer engineers (on their 20 percent time), the Liquid Galaxy gives an immersive Google Earth experience like never before. A chamber of eight large monitors arranged in a circle enable the visitor to fly anywhere in the world in seconds, with mountains, buildings, valleys, even the ocean floor filling his peripheral vision.

Intel!"Microchips: The heart of the revolution" features three exhibits which explain what microchips are, how they work, and how they have effected change in the course of human history. This mini-gallery also displays videos of kids and teens tell computer science concepts in their own words.

NVIDIA!"From Math to Magic" teaches visitors about the math and science behind computer graphics. Utilizing NVIDIA's latest technology architecture, Fermi, the three education exhibits demonstrate features such as lighting, shading and rendering, and the physics and dynamics behind the latest graphics applications. The goal of From Math to Magic is to help visitors understand how math is used to enable compelling and interactive games that are so ubiquitous now.

The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery opened to the public on September 15. It is the third gallery to open since last year, markedly updating the museum's exhibitions and sustaining its rank as one of the nation's premier science and technology centers. Furthermore, a new gallery on health and biotechnology is scheduled to open in 2011.

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