United 3D Labs offers services in developing multimedia exhibitions and installations for museums and cultural institutions, such as:
- multi-touch devices –interactive kiosks, tables, video walls;
- virtual and augmented reality;
- interactive art installations;
- multiscreen solutions;
- ultra-high resolution (20K and above) content for video walls;
multimedia audio guides.
Multimedia solutions for museums
Various multimedia solutions have long been employed by museums, galleries and exhibition halls. Using technology in museums can start small, for example, with developing of an audio guide or touchscreen navigation kiosks. There is a debate whether it is appropriate to use digital technologies, which still goes on. However, experience has shown that museums and cultural institutions are making a surprising discovery: technology isn’t hindering the appreciation of physical art.
Interactive kiosks, for example, provide guests with access to a huge amount of information in limited space. Animation allows to explain processes that are extremely difficult to show with static illustrations. Furthermore, implementation of virtual, augmented and mixed realities is great tool to demonstrate visitors what would simply be impossible to show in any other way because of the huge (or vice versa, very small) size.
Multimedia technologies definitely bring an added layer of storytelling: nowadays museum is not a monologue of a guide, it is a dialogue with the visitor. For instance, gamification of design greatly contributes to that. The use of interactive installations helps not only to show visitors historical artifacts, paintings or even structure of a space station but also to enhance visitor’s engagement. Museum guests do not learn about events; they actually feel like they actively participate in them.
Benefits that technology offers
Modern technologies ensure rapid change of content, its relevance and easy extensibility of display. Also, it allows to offers visitors extra information in a number of foreign languages. However, the most important advantage of modern multimedia exhibits is probably that they offer the opportunity to manage all museum installations in one system.
The primary task of this system is real-time monitoring of equipment functioning. In case of any failures (unfortunately, they periodically occur when dealing with a large number of equipment pieces) control system immediately alerts the administrator.
In addition, the management system collects statistics which items/exhibits receive increased attention, and which ones do not attract much interest. Based on this information, we can understand whether there is a need for any content changes.
Multimedia expositions play a special role in corporate museums. They usually do not possess a significantly large area and a great number of personnel. In this case, information kiosks, non-standard interactive expositions, virtual reality headsets are excellent solutions.
United 3D Labs team believes in working smart, providing you the best results. We will be happy to see you in our showroom, demonstrate interactive museum solutions we have developed, and discuss your ideas.