3D Virtual Reality Workstation for a Museum - Genesis Project

PSS in 2007, centraal museum UtrechtTo celebrate the 50th birthday of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, the “centraal Museum” in Utrecht wanted to create an exhibition that would reveal the similarities between art and science. PS-Tech was approached to create a 3D virtual reality workstation for the museum to show scientific results as Art in this virtual reality (VR) environment. An environment wherein the visitor could interact with the scientific data.

And so the Genesis Project came to life.





The double helix

The discovery in 1953 of the double helix, the twisted-ladder structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), by James Watson and Francis Crick marked a milestone in the history of science and gave rise to modern molecular biology, which is largely concerned with understanding how genes control the chemical processes within cells. In short order, their discovery yielded ground-breaking insights into the genetic code and protein synthesis. During the 1970s and 1980s, it helped to produce new and powerful scientific techniques, specifically recombinant DNA research, genetic engineering and rapid gene sequencing.

A museum proof and maintenance free 3D Virtual Reality Workstation

The museum not only wanted to show scientific data as Art in a virtual reality (VR) environment, but also wanted the technology to be museum proof and maintenance free.

However, VR systems were expensive and needed continuous support of specialists to keep them up and running.

The  challenge 

PS-Tech was asked to enhance its virtual reality technology and create:

  • A 3D Virtual Reality Workstation that would surprise, educate and amaze the visitor
  • A 3D Virtual Reality Workstation that could be used by the visitor instantaneous without any training
  • A 3D Virtual Reality Workstation without a setup routine and that would work upon switching on the power 
  • An affordable system
  • A system complete with 3D software adapted for use in the museum

The Museum Personal Space Station (PSS)

3D Virtual Reality Workstation PSS in useSo PS-Tech developed a table top virtual reality solution that was considered museum proof and maintenance free; the Museum Personal Space Station or PSS.

Desktop 3D virtual reality workstations

Since this show PS-Tech’s 3D workstations have evolved into line of 3D and 4D analysis and presentation solutions, that can be used with a variety of 3d programs, and are used in Hospitals, Education and Research.