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Cutting-Edge Interactive Exhibit Designs by TCNJ Students, February 7

Cutting-Edge Interactive Exhibit Designs by TCNJ Students, February 7

TCNJ’s Interactive Multimedia Department and the Sarnoff Collection are pleased to present the “Sarnoff Interactive Exhibit Expo” a showcase of student interactive design projects to be held on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event, which will be held in the Sarnoff Collection in Roscoe West Hall, is free and open to the public.

As TCNJ Professor Mark Thompson has explained, “Interactive digital technologies are transforming the experience of visiting and learning in museums.” Working as a collaborative design studio, students in the College’s “Interactive Exhibition Design” course created state-of-the-art technologies for TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection—an on-campus museum drawing from over 6,000 artifacts that document major developments in communication and electronics in the 20th century. These projects are intended to expand the museum’s message, enhance public engagement, and extend the visitor experience beyond the walls of the museum.

Student projects will include: Sarah Polansky – Interactive Telegram Application; Daniel Shaw – Augmented Reality Photographs; Kenneth Carter and Theodore Christine “The RCA Challenge” a Sarnoff Collection Video Game; Nicholas Bobryk and Brian Passafaro – Reconstructing the First RCA Color Television; Al Gaillard, Erin McGowan and Briana Wickham – An Interactive Timeline of RCA History; Matthew Mance – Augmented Reality Television; and Rachael Lyngholm and Maxwell Richards – “Nipper Leads the Way,” an Augmented Reality Tour of the Sarnoff Collection with Nipper the Dog.

“Electronic Treasures of The Sarnoff Collection” Featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine

“Electronic Treasures of The Sarnoff Collection” Featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine

The IEEE Spectrum magazine and website features an 8-page article on TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection and the new exhibition highlighting the rich history of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). As the article explains, “The history of the Radio Corporation of America is in many ways the history of 20th-century American innovation.” To see the onlineContinue Reading

Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the Sarnoff Collection

Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the Sarnoff Collection

Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the David Sarnoff Collection is a long-term exhibition that explores the state’s pioneering contributions to the electronics industry.  The exhibition traces the history of telecommunications from the invention of radio to the dawn of information age using objects drawn from TCNJ’s David Sarnoff Collection. Innovations That ChangedContinue Reading

Radio to the Rescue: David Sarnoff and the Titanic Disaster

  From April 12 through May 11, 2012, a special exhibition of artifacts from The Sarnoff Collection was presented in the TCNJ Library to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, an event in which David Sarnoff played a significant role. Below are texts and images from that exhibition. In 1912, SarnoffContinue Reading

Sarnoff Collection Opens on October 2

Sarnoff Collection Opens on October 2

On October 2, TCNJ opened a major exhibition that explores the state’s pioneering contributions to the electronics industry.  Innovations That Changed the World traces the history of telecommunications from the invention of radio to the dawn of information age using objects drawn from TCNJ’s David Sarnoff Collection. This world-class assemblage of artifacts, named after theContinue Reading

Mercer Makes: Innovation & Technology in the Capital County–a daylong symposium at TCNJ, October 4

Mercer Makes: Innovation & Technology in the Capital County–a daylong symposium at TCNJ, October 4

TCNJ will be the site of the daylong symposium “Mercer Makes: Innovation and Technology in the Capital County” to be held on Friday, October 4, from 8:300 to 4:30 in the Education Building, Room 212. The program will include presentations by Dr. Benjamin Gross and Dr. Alexander Magoun that will examine the history of RCAContinue Reading

IEEE Foundation Awards Major Grant to Sarnoff Collection at TCNJ

IEEE Foundation Awards Major Grant to Sarnoff Collection at TCNJ

The College of New Jersey is pleased to announce that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Foundation has awarded a grant of $19,800 for the establishment of a new study center in connection with TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection. The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, and the IEEEContinue Reading

Sarnoff Consultant Ben Gross on RCA and LCDs

Sarnoff Consultant Ben Gross on RCA and LCDs

IEEE Spectrum magazine article by Dr. Benjamin Gross, consulting scholar for the Sarnoff Collection, “How RCA Lost the LCD.” RCA owned the early patents but failed to commercialize the liquid crystal display. For the full article click here.  

TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection Featured at International History Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland

The Sarnoff Collection was featured at Artefacts, an international conference of historians of science and technology. The conference, hosted by the National Museums of Scotland, took place October 7 to 9, 2012 and showcased projects that place scientific and technical objects into a global context. Dr. Benjamin Gross, the Sarnoff Collection’s lead historical consultant andContinue Reading

Great Expectations: How “Titanic” Burst the Wireless Technology Bubble

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