The Sony Wonder Technology Lab turns the world of communication and technology into a fun and interesting idea. There is plenty for visitors of all ages to see and do at the center, including many permanent and changing exhibitions.
The Entrance Floor:
The entrance to the Lab immediately brings visitors face to face with the telepresence robot known as b.b. Wonderbot. This is the place to become familiarized with the center, by checking up on what there is on offer in the free museum guidelines.
The Fourth Floor:
Visitors are encouraged to begin their visit to the Lab on this floor by logging into the computer network at the area called LOG IN. (This is also where the restrooms are found!). Linking the fourth and the third floor is a fascinating communications bridge that presents a timeline of technological development in the past 150 years. Visitors can view interesting historical tidbits such as the invention of the first camera, television, computer, etc.
The Third Floor:
The upper level of this floor is home to the Technology Workshop and incorporates some of the more popular attractions of the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, including Signal Viewers, the Audio Lab and the Image Lab. The Audio Lab allows visitors to ‘play around with sound’, such as adding sound effects to music clips. Signal Viewers will provide visitors with a deeper look at technology and the Image Lab is a fun way to discover drawing tools and digital photography.
A move down to the lower level of the third floor will bring visitors to the Professional Studios. Here, it is possible to join the teams of various professionals in the field of communication and technology and get to work! There are multitudes of teams to choose from, ranging from The Television Production Studio where visitors can edit a TV show, to Sony Music Video Hits where visitors take the part of music editor and create their own music video based on a famous song. Visitors can also join the Environmental Research Command Team and work on environmental problems such as oil spills or hurricane warnings. Finally, visitors can become a specialist at Medical Imaging and get to look inside and treat the human body.
Also on the third floor, visitors will find the High Definition Theater that presents a screening of high definition technology with clear, sharp images – a world away from the regular images that we view on television. Each month produces a different screening and visitors should find out ahead of time what is on show.
The Second Floor
The Wonder of Imagination is to be found on the second floor of the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. It is a fascinating center that pays tribute to the digital world and allows visitors to let their imaginations run wild. Visitors learn about the history of computer and video games through the Wonder of Games. They then move onto In the Games that allows them to try Play Station 2 games with superior sound and sight features for an amazing experience. Visitors get to build their own racing car in the GameBuilder section of the Wonder of Imagination center and create music in the Wonder of Music area. The Connect and Create section allows visitors to connect shadows with media projections. The Wonder of Imagination is an extremely popular part of the Lab.
The second floor is also the place where visitors end their tour of the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. This is where they swipe their card that they received at the entrance before their visit and they are then given their own personalized certificate.
The Sony Wonder Technology Lab regularly hosts fun events for the whole family. These are hands-on events that combine elements of learning, fun, creativity and wonder to bring participants special activities all year round. Recent fun events have included April month dedicated to music and technology and a Spring recess dedicated to robots.
There are also regular workshops and other programs and it is worth checking out the lab’s events calendar to find out what’s happening. Tech in the Park is a regular event that is held in the Sony Plaza Public Arcade. Professional staff are on hand to explain how every-day items work and take them apart piece by piece to gain a better understanding of these devices.
Family Workshops are geared towards younger children who have fun doing creative and fun activities after the regular children’s screenings. This is the perfect way to transfer all that was learnt during these screenings into a hands-on activity.