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Interface: People, Machines, Design - Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum

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Of Men, Machines and Mobile Phones

Who doesn't love a new bit of technology? We live in a world where the years are measured by reference to the next iPhone release date and technology that was previously reserved to the confines of the office have become personal "must have" gadgets.

According to technology expert David Liddle, new technologies go through three phases of adoption - an enthusiast phase (inventors and engineers tinkering with technology), a professional phase (adoption in the workplace) and a consumer phase (personal, mobile and "I must have one")!

This journey is cleverly conveyed in the Interface exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, exploring how design has been applied to information technology products and how companies such as Apple made it their mission to make complicated technology appealing and simple to use.

The exhibition celebrates visionaries such as Steve Jobs and the designers and engineers they hired who, through challenge and change, stuck to their ideals and gave us the products that have become part of our everyday lives.

From a 1906 portable typewriter, to Steve Wozniak's computer in a suitcase comprising the design for what would become the Apple I, to robotic dogs, to iPad tablets - Interface is a titillating treat for technology lovers.

Kids will love looking at the "old fashioned" technology and seeing how it has evolved over time. Parents may feel a bit ancient as they recollect using some of the technology not so long ago! Items such as the IBM typewriter, Sony Walkman, Tamagotchi and Game Boy will still be considered modern technology by many visitors!

The Interface exhibition is on at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney from 15 August 2014 to 11 October 2015
 and is a "must see" for those who appreciate what modern technology has done for us along with the trials and tribulations that accompany great innovation.

Additional information about the exhibition is available on the Powerhouse Museum website and can be accessed via your celebrated state-of-the-art iPhone or other smart device!
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Why? Because technology takes time
When: 15 Aug 2014 - 11 Oct 2015
Phone: (02) 9217 0111
Where: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Cost: Free with entry to Museum
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