Experience how tech enables real people at The Health Museum’s fascinating Human Plus

Every Body Plays | Photo courtesy of The Health Museum

See how modern technology is enhancing the human condition – and try it out for yourself – at the new traveling exhibit Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering at The Health Museum through New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018.

In medical science, the future is now. It’s nowhere more evident than at Houston’s own (and world-renowned) Texas Medical Center (TMC).

A TMC member institution, the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science is hosting a special traveling exhibition.

Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering offers a fascinating look into the ingenuity and creativity behind developing groundbreaking engineering solutions that improve human lives every day.

The interactive display invites the young and young-at-heart the chance to explore and create a range of low- and high-tech tools that extend the abilities of the human body.

From customized wheelchairs for off-roading, to neuroprosthetic limbs controlled by a user’s thoughts, Human Plus showcases some of the amazing technology that is being developed by today’s engineers.

More Than a Mouse | Photo courtesy of The Health Museum

Human Plus‘ Interactive Attractions & Features

  • Every Body Plays – Get your hands on a broad range of actual ability-enhancing tools. Exhibits include a simulated downhill mono-ski course; a DJ station built of out a wheelchair and controlled by the wheels; a touch panel that translates music into vibrations guests can feel; a hands-free computer mouse, controlled through slight movements of the head, that allows the guest to type messages, edit photos or watch videos; and a neuroprosthetic limb that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts. Guests can even re-design themselves in a full body simulation and test body enhancement technologies that supersize their strength, showcasing the new horizon of engineering that was once the stuff of science fiction.
  • Ask, Imagine, Create – The engineering process always begins by asking the user what he or she wants to achieve. Human Plus poses design challenges from real-life users, such as “Can you make a tool to help a wheelchair user feed a pet? Or a tool that helps the visually impaired detect hard-to-detect obstacles? How about a canoe that someone can paddle without using arms?” After viewing some of the amazing technology developed by today’s engineers, you can put your own engineering skills to the test as they build and try out their own inventions.
  • Compelling Stories and Videos – From busy moms to engineers, adventurers to dance performers; people who use these new technologies – as well as the innovators themselves – share their stories through videos as well as the real life tools they use every day. Whether about caring for three children, or reaching the summit of Mount Everest; the stories captivate listeners.
Re-Designing You | Photo courtesy of The Health Museum

More About Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering

“The advancements and developments related to medical technology taking place right now are both exciting and inspiring,” said Dr. Melanie Johnson, president and CEO of The Health Museum.

“We are thrilled to bring to Houston a hands-on, interactive experience that truly allows our members and especially our youngest guests the opportunity to experience first-hand what medical innovation looks and feels like.”

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering showcases compelling stories from a unique field of engineering that not only helps people carry out their day-to-day routines, but also helps them realize lifelong dreams.

About The Health Museum

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, The Health Museum is Houston’s most interactive science learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

Visitors to the Museum can walk through a larger-than-life human body, take a mini science class, watch an organ dissection and check out both permanent and temporary exhibits that cover topics like health, medical science, and the human body.

The Health Museum is located in the heart of the city’s Museum District. It also currently features the temporary exhibit 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. Admission includes access to all current exhibits.

Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering Exhibit at The Health Museum

  • Dates: Saturday, September 30, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018
  • Times: Mondays 9am to 5pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9am to 5pm; Thursdays 9am to 7pm; Fridays and Saturdays 9am to 5pm; Sundays noon to 5pm.
  • Location: The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004
  • Parking: Surface lot parking is available at the museum for $5; $3 for members.
  • Admission: Tickets are $10; $8 for ages 3 to 12 and seniors 65 and older; free for members and children 2 and under; and free from 2pm to 7pm on Thursdays for families. Active and retired personnel receive half-off admission for up to four people. General admission also provides access to the museum’s multiple exhibits. Click here for tickets or more information.
  • Free Ticket Offer: To coincide with the museum’s other current exhibit 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, The Health Museum will be collecting food donations in support of the Hurricane Harvey relief effort for 40 Days through Wednesday, October 18, 2017. For every four cans of non-perishable food items donated, The Health Museum will provide one free admission ticket to all its exhibits, including 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World and Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering. All of the food collected at The Health Museum will be donated directly to the Houston Food Bank.
Photo courtesy of The Health Museum

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