The Hall of Human Life at the Museum of Science in Boston features dozens of interactive stations designed to help visitors understand their own biology using their own data. One popular activity measures visitors’ grip strength and lets them compare their performance with that of past visitors of the same gender, age, or handedness. A second activity uses an eye tracker to help visitors understand human eyesight.
The Museum of Science worked with MathWorks engineers from Application Engineering, Consulting, and Training Services to build reliable software for both activities using MATLAB®.
“We have about 1.4 million visitors annually, so the robustness of our interactive activities is key, as is the ability to make data visually accessible,” says Dr. Elizabeth Kong, director of the Hall of Human Life at Museum of Science, Boston. “The MathWorks teams helped us achieve both those objectives with MATLAB, and they collaborated with us to generate custom visualizations that our visitors find interesting and meaningful.”