Science & Innovation
Tech’ Galerie: experience digital innovation
Cycab © CSI / Arnaud ROBIN
Since April 2010, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie science museum at Parc de la Villette in Paris has played host to the Tech’ Galerie: a 400sq.m. exhibition and debating venue dedicated to tomorrow's technologies. Pierre Ricono, Tech’ Galerie project manager, takes a look back at this pilot experiment and Inria's involvement in the event.
How did the idea to create the Tech’ Galerie come about?
Pierre Ricono : he creation of the Tech’ Galerie is a pioneering and unprecedented experiment for the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. We wanted everyone to have the opportunity to learn about emerging technologies. So we thought it would be worthwhile setting up a space everyone could access that was entirely dedicated to these new technologies. This event is an ideal opportunity for visitors to take an inquiring look at the technologies that might soon become part of their everyday lives, prepare themselves and become aware of their responsibilities.
Why did you think of Inria for the Tech’ Galerie?
PR : At the Tech’ Galerie we wanted to present innovations that are rooted in the needs of today's society. The numerous futuristic technologies that Inria is working on, such as software for controlling computers by thought (OpenVIBE) and the driverless electric car (the Cycab), are innovations that we felt just had to be introduced at the museum. What's more, installing these two technological breakthroughs on the exhibition floor provided an opportunity to observe the public's initial reactions to these new technologies.
What innovative projects will visitors be able to find out about?
PR : he exhibition is organised around five thematic areas: the body, the environment, communication, leisure and science. These unique spaces present and showcase, both in an explanatory and demonstrative way, a few key prototypes and objects resulting from applied research in each of the fields addressed. Visitors will also get to see a humanoid robot, a pill containing a micro-camera, solar-powered phones and a whole host of other innovations.