As we pointed out yesterday, there’s a huge gap between how essential mobile phones are to our lives and how much we understand about their workings. Thankfully, opportunities to learn are popping up all over the place. At the Post & Tele Museum in Copenhagen, interaction designers Yoke have devised a free exhibit that transports visitors of all ages through the inner workings of a cell phone, engaging their minds and bodies as they discover how a touch screen works, manipulate physical pyramids and boxes to route a mobile call, and experience city streets through a phone’s first-person perspective, utilizing its gyroscope, compass and GPS. The unusual and often artificial designs of each room highlight the careful thought involved in displaying the often invisible processes of cellular communication. The touch-screen component cleaves a display screen into two components representing the result and underlying touch detectors, and visitors touch a separate pad – itself a touch screen – in order to operate it.
The second room, meanwhile, uses displays that project on the screening to display the connection between your actions and the resultant communications. And despite portraying the newest technologies available in today’s mobile phones, the third room uses simple, old-fashioned buttons for navigation, instead putting the focus on the phone’s schema of the world around it. Check out the beauty of the exhibit in the gallery below.
Images: Yoke Interaction Design