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DSC to be First Science Center to Host Visionary GE Exhibition

The Da Vinci Science Center is expanding its Year of Innovation by becoming the first American science center to host a visionary exhibition created by GE Appliances’ engineers.

GE Appliances’ Home 2025 exhibition displays design concepts predicting how innovative technology and the integration of technologies will revolutionize how homes will function and how people will live in them in the not-too-distant year 2025. The exhibition debuted in a University of Louisville art gallery in the summer of 2013 and will appear at the Da Vinci Science Center from Feb. 15-April 13, 2014.

GE industrial engineers created the Home 2025 concepts after investigating future trends in technology, automation, and population changes. The designs show how people in different stages of life will cook, clean, keep themselves healthy, and interact with the world around them more easily and efficiently.

“Innovation, at its essence, is developing new solutions or combining existing solutions in novel ways to create products or services or ideas that impact our everyday lives. That is why GE’s Home 2025 exhibition is a perfect complement to our Year of Innovation,” said Lin Erickson, the Da Vinci Science Center’s Executive Director and CEO. “Moreover, as GE has been at the forefront of technological innovation for decades, we are inspired to share its pioneering spirit and vision for the future with our visitors. Our hope is that young and old throughout eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey will appreciate science more deeply and carry an innovative energy throughout their lives.”

Themes and concepts highlighted in GE’s Home 2025 exhibition include:

  • Uber-Appliances: Machines that integrate various functions and eliminate the use of one-purpose appliances as homes and apartments get smaller
  • Return of the Milkman and End of the Supermarket: Smart appliances that perform inventory management and automatically place online orders for delivery of fresh food and milk; such deliveries would be made to refrigeration units that can be accessed by delivery works from outside the home; these developments would make supermarkets, as we know them, obsolete and revive the role of home delivery “milkman”
  • Laundry Made Easy: Single machines that wash, dry, fold, or compress laundry into pellet form; these machines would use “gray water” recycled from showers and baths to deal with potential water shortages
  • Edible Houseplants: Synthetic beehives that provide pollination and turn indoor plants into sources of fresh food
  • Greater Independence for Aging Adults: Appliances that take biometric information and dispense medication, allowing older adults to live by themselves for longer periods of time

The Da Vinci Science Center’s Year of Innovation is a twelve-month project through Sept. 2014 that highlights the innovators of today; seeks to inspire innovators of tomorrow throughout eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; and promotes the skills that drive all scientific and technical careers – including creativity, collaboration, process skills, and problem-solving abilities. The Year of Innovation includes the current appearance of the traveling Tech City exhibition, monthly public programs, and the introduction of several new permanent exhibits. The Year of Innovation culminates when the Da Vinci Science Center becomes the first location in the northeastern United States to host the blockbuster exhibition Space: A Journey to Our Future, which was created in collaboration with NASA.

Air Products is the Premier Sponsor of the Da Vinci Science Center’s Year of Innovation. Year of Innovation Public Programs are presented by Avantor Performance Materials. Additional Year of Innovation sponsors include ATAS International, Inc.; B. Braun; Thermo Fisher Scientific; and Follett Corporation. City Center Lehigh Valley sponsors the appearance of the Tech City exhibition.

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