KittyHawk Studios Launches Interactive Kiosk for Detroit Science Center's New 'Diabetes, a Deeper Look' Learning Exhibit

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Kitttyhawk's new kiosk will support data collection for the touring exhibit called Diabetes: A Deeper Look.

Kitttyhawk's new kiosk will support data collection for the touring exhibit called Diabetes: A Deeper Look.

The exhibit opened at the Detroit Science Center on December 5, 2009 and will tour 12 other U.S. destinations from 2010-2012. A 2,500 sq. ft. interactive area includes a visitor survey and data collection kiosk.

The kiosk is a permanent part of the high-tech exhibit, and will travel with it, collecting and transmitting visitor data through wireless internet for weekly processing at the client's headquarters.

Launch timing for the kiosk was critically short at 4 weeks for conceptualizing, design, programming, testing, and installation, however the project was focused on tightly, and launched three days ahead of schedule.

Highlights include:

  • Interactive survey to determine visitors' experiences with Diabetes and Diabetes treatments.
  • Capability to collect specific visitor contact data for future communications or rewards fulfillment..
  • Attractive full-color custom graphics and page design driven by the dynamic look and feel of the exhibit.
  • Options for specific data encryption methods (PGP) and varied data transmission methods such as CSV, XML formats, and HTTPS or FTP transmissions.
  • Options for automated data transmission on a scheduled basis, and automatic wireless connectivity management to guarantee delivery of all collected data.

Visitors to the exhibit enter a 40-foot walk-through blood vessel with 40,000 LED lights and a heartbeat, then enter through a giant cell structure that simulates how insulin helps get glucose into cells. Inside and around the exhibit, hands-on interactive tools and displays explain the role of insulin, and the research and discovery of medications used to help treat diabetes.

As visitors exit, the interactive kiosk from KittyHawk studios allows them to interact one final time with the exhibit, sharing what they have learned or experienced in their own life in relation to diabetes.

Other possibilities for these types of kiosks include prize entry forms, with automatic awarding of prizes, either immediately, or from a pool collected over time. The software can also be configured to feed an administration and reporting website, for real-time viewing and analysis of results, with a real-time data feed.

Look for this interactive kiosk over the next three years in a Science Center near you, or contact KittyHawk Studios at to find out how to get one built for your own event needs.

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